THIS IS A LONG POST ON IN-GAME RACISM.
LET ME KNOW IF I NEED TO MOVE IT
Okay, so, in light of all of this hubbub between Imps and Ophidians and Mitrines, we've had some interesting issues arise. Pertaining more to me (actually Ensidia) is racism! Due to people not liking the Impire, Imps of all types seem to be clumped into one group and stereotyped. Of course being the strong, outspoken woman that Ensidia is, she has something to say!
Specifically (after a few of her citymates said some harsh words about Imps as a whole) she said this:
"I will say this one thing, and then I will be silent. I am an Imp. I
allowed myself to be upset by words, yes, but it is much more than that. When you say 'Imps are tricksters', 'Imps steal', 'Imps are conniving', 'Imps cannot be trusted', 'Imps hold no loyalty',
you are not only talking about Imps as a race, you are talking about me, I, who am supposed to be your comrade. I, who am supposed to fight alongside you in battle regardless of the odds. I, who will stand by your side and defend your very breath against the Underking Himself if need be, and who will spill the last drop of blood from my body for any of you, regardless of whether you are Mimotesh, or Toz, or Xenia, or Kanivara. For people who are supposed to be my brothers and sisters in blood to say such cruel things about me, it hurts. I know when you speak of Imps in such a way you do not mean me directly, but at the end of it all I am still included. It is racism, and it is something that is most painful when it comes from those that you have to trust with your life. I do love you all, and if you do decide that the Impire must fall then I will not hinder you- I have said this. I only ask that when you choose your words, you think more wisely on which ones you select. When you speak of Imps, you speak of me, of Buphorix, of Ipz, of Ansidia, of Malcanthet, of Louse. All perhaps not your friends, but regardless your allies. That is all."
Something heartfelt and that I felt personally attached to due to racial issues I have had myself, and just as they are in real life- in the game the racism was DISMISSED.
Ensidia is overreacting.
Now I ask you all this. If you take 'Imp' and replace it with 'black' or 'latino' or 'hispanic' or 'chinese' or whatever race you can think of- and then you replace the stereotypes against Imps with sterotypes against that race, will you still dismiss it? I've had several people say that my roleplay of these issues is overdramatic, that I am exaggerating, that I am making Ensidia seem hysterical, but should she not be? I will give you an example of my every day life.
As a BLACK WOMAN, I am under the influence of thousands of sterotypes. All we do is live off of the government. All we do is push out babies. We don't want to work. We don't want to earn our money. We just want to get child support. We just buy steak and lobster with our foodstamps. We lie. We steal. I live in a BRIGHT RED state, and if I had a dollar for every time someone disparaged me because of the color of my skin I'd have every artifact in this game.
I feel as though I am portraying Ensidia's outrage correctly, as it is according to the outrage I feel myself every day. I have had 'friends' make jokes about black people and gangs, black people and foodstamps, black people with missing fathers, and as I type this I've actually started to cry thinking about it. Yet when Ensidia as an Imp faces these issues from people that are supposed to be her family, she gets dismissed. A God/Admin even hopped on a city NPC and had the audacity to say basically: 'we have all sorts of races here. Stop using your race as an excuse to get mad. Sit back and have a smoke, drink, go have sex'. That is what she was told to do to deal with her issue. And her citymates agreed! Not one person stood up for her out of all of the people- higherups, GODS, that were paying attention to the scene.
("Kid, this city's weathered a lot of storms. We've got Trolls as citizens, allies, and ones that raid us. We've got Humans all over the map. Races ain't pure protected ideals. Can't jus' hide behind it or use it t'try to shut down other folks. They's talkin' about an Impire that's bein' a road hazard. An organization, not all folks who look a kind of way under the sun."
"Sometimes jus' have to sit back an' have a smoke. Have a tipple. Go visit a girl or whatever y'like.")
I don't feel like I am overreacting, and thusly I feel like Ensidia kept her cool more than I would have when faced with such odds. I am sure everyone else will feel that I am overreacting, that I am crazy, and that I am twisting words around (mostly because the majority of the playerbase hasn't had to deal with such issues. Let's be realistic), but I wanted to put this out there. When we play Aetolia, we are roleplaying. We are supposed to make our actions in the game as realistic as possible. So when you attack me on a personal level for how I demonstrate my extremely passionate PC, you are in the wrong. She is being faced with racism right now, her people are in a civil war. Her city has turned on her (in her eyes) because of her race.
She is applying the warpaint that she is being forced to don to defend not only her race, but herself from people that are supposedly her friends.
I ask that you all take this into account before you judge my roleplay or my character.