I created a blog in response to the racist police officer who ranted about killing blacks in Xbox Live. This blog was featured in Racism Review. Access the full blog here: Black Gamers Don't Matter in Xbox Live.
"This is the reality in Xbox Live. This systematically embedded discrimination is apparent in Microsoft’s inaction on the issue of racism within their gaming community. Microsoft representatives have even proudly proclaimed that racism was not a major issue.
The failure of Microsoft to take racism seriously is a slap in the face of minority gamers who fail to conform to the White male norm. What occurs in Xbox Live is linguistic profiling based on how one sounds within the space. Similar to racial profiling, linguistic profiling occurs when auditory cues as opposed to visual cues are used to speculate on the racial background of another person. Based on how they sound, they experience constant harassment, verbal abuse, and racism. This linguistic profiling occurs on a daily basis and has led to the virtual ghettoization of marginalized gamers in Xbox."
Access full article from Racism Review HERE.
Excerpts from my book, Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live were featured in Games history ezine, Memory Insufficient. Volume Two, Issue Seven Explores "Histories of language and games". PDF link is below.
Manifest...My Reality: Seeing the World through the eyes of the 'other'