A screenshot from “Clash of the West Cowboys Shootout.”

Racist Game Justifies Murder of Mexicans and Indians

Simon Moya-Smith

“Just on a very basic level, it isn’t getting any reviews from the top game review websites. It’s not getting a lot of attention,” LaPensée said. “At the very least, it’s just a bad design, you’re typical mechanics. There’s nothing innovative about it.”

But it’s the game’s narrative and message that’s most problematic to LaPensée.

“I think it’s antiquated. I think it’s horrible, and it’s horribly racist,” she said. “I mean, you couldn’t get more racist in the depiction of this chief-like figure. … I think the saddest part of this is that it’s probably coming from a place of ignorance, mimicking or repeating what this designer is seeing in films, but if they had any awareness at all then they would know that this is not OK.”

LaPensée added that the game’s narrative reflects the position of the early U.S. government toward its indigenous population—that is, people of color were an obstruction to wealth and plenty.

“To me, personally, it’s shocking to see a game like this come out now. Games like these were coming out in the 90s. … But it is rare to see this level of, just, racism. It’s really the narrative [that’s the issue here]—the [literal] clearing the Indians out of the way to get to the gold.”

Maka Clifford, an adjunct instructor of world and regional history and geography at Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota, who is also a high school teacher, said people in general, and especially the designers of the game, dehumanize groups when they utilize stereotypes.


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FINALLY, a game created for the America that the Tea Party wants to return to! They're always bitching about wanting to "return to the good old days," but I could never personally figure out when those days were. I mean, not everyone was having a good time in the good old days. African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans and most other minorities had almost no rights. Then it hit me, the racist Tea Party wants to return to the days when you could buy a Black man and still hunt Mexicans and Indians.

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