Study: Violent Video Games with Black Characters Fuel Racism

An Ohio State University study suggests that white players who adopt black personas in video games are more likely to be racist toward blacks.  

The black protagonist in Saints Row 2 Youtube

Trading places with another person does not always improve people’s outlook when the perspective with which they are interacting is a stereotypical violent black person, Bushman said.

“Usually, taking the perspective of a minority person is seen as a good thing, as a way to evoke empathy,” Bushman said. “But if white people are fed a media diet that shows blacks as violent, they don’t have a realistic view of black people. It isn’t good to put yourself in the shoes of a murderer, as you do in many of these violent games.”