Expert: Blaming Norway Massacre On Video Games is “Racist”

In my post on the rash of people blaming video games for the Norway massacre on Tuesday, I made the following point:

When something unspeakably terrible happens, people grasp for any kind of explanation that makes sense of the situation. This is entirely understandable, since the vast majority of us do not sympathize with, nor even understand the mindset that turns someone into a murderer. This problem is worsened when the murderer looks and sounds like we do.

Regarding the game-blaming game, I had considered adding that we rush to find external causes for terrorist violence committed by white men, frankly, for the same reason that missing white woman syndrome exists. Racism. We dehumanize brown people and seek to do everything possible make excuses for white people. I wish I had made that point because, as it turns out, I wouldn’t be the only one drawing that conclusion. Forbes has published a revealing article for which they spoke to clinical psychologist Christopher Ferguson. Ferguson is fairly blunt in his estimation of the situation:

I know it’s a little controversial to say but there’s a certain type of racism in place with these killings,” said Ferguson. “When shootings happen in an inner city in minority-populated schools, video games are never brought up. But when these things happen in white majority schools and in the suburbs, people start to freak out and video games are inevitably blamed. I think that there’s a certain element of racism or ignorance here.

The dropping of the r-word is probably going to piss some people off, but it’s true. No one blamed flight simulators for the 9/11 attacks. No one claimed that the Taliban were influenced by movies or heroin or whatever. But then, we have no trouble laying the t-word down anytime someone commits actual terrorism but doesn’t look like us. And it’s especially true here. Before Breivik’s identity was known, the word ‘terrorism’ was freely bandied about. The vast majority of media commentary assumed without evidence or reason that the attacks were committed by Muslims. The second we learned who the killer was? Sh*t like this happened.

Honestly people, the guy has a manifesto that explicitly describes his political goals. He committed violence to further those goals. And he has ties to known terrorists. If that’s not a terrorist, then the term is meaningless.

Anyway, you can read the whole thing, which is quite interesting, on Forbes.

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6 Comments on Expert: Blaming Norway Massacre On Video Games is “Racist”


On July 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

damn that guy has a point. Well said


On July 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm

This whole video game is the root of all evil fiasco bull has been old since days of Sub-Zero ripping a guys spine out of his body.

smoking little suckers in the media.


On July 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

Turd Ferguson


On July 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm

On a side note, if this guy was a muslim, we’d be hearing about how he was a muslim extremist.

Yet, he was a Christian. A christian extremist at that. It’s all in his manifesto. Yet the media doesn’t mention that.

I guess if you’re a religous whackjob who isn’t a muslim, you get a pass.

But hey, its easier to blame video games than people listening to a book written thousands of years ago, with stories based on forth and fifth hand accounts rather than actual fact.

Religion. More dangerous than any video game.


On July 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

racism ????? how about some political correctiveness


On July 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I don’t know about racism, the word is banded about to often for my liking but there has been many a terrorist/mass murderer of all colour of skin.

What is dangerous though is religion. Christianity is more guilty than most when looking through the years, the Catholic religion is more guilty than any other out of the christian faiths too.

If video games were the guilty party surely all gamers would be shooting everyone. Violent games/films might well spur these kind of people on but to blame them outright for the deaths like in Norway demeans the victims in every way possible.