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Old 11-26-03, 08:19 PM   #1
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Talking Haitian-Americans protest Vice City

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Caribbean immigrants accuse Rockstar game of racism at a New York protest.

Already blamed for inspiring a killing spree and corrupting millions of youths, Grand Theft Auto Vice City is now being accused of racism. Today, over a year after Rockstar released the game, two Haitian-American community groups--the Haitian Centers Council and Haitian Americans for Human Rights--staged a protest at New York's City Hall, and urged supporters to picket the publisher's Manhattan offices.

"Grand Theft Auto [Vice City] is a cultural attack on the millions of Haitians living in the United States," said Henry Frank, executive director of the Haitian Centers Council. Frank's organization further blasted the game in a Monday press release, saying "players are instructed to kill all Haitians, who, in the video game, are stereotyped as thugs, thieves and drug dealers."

Why the Haitian-American group waited months to protest the game is unclear. For its part, Rockstar refuted the charge. "We empathize with the concerns of the Haitian community and we are giving serious consideration to them ... There was no intention to offend any ethnic group and we take these claims very seriously," said communications director James Ankner in a statement. He continued, "Some statements made by fictional characters in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City have been taken out of context," most likely referring to the murderous exhortations of the Cuban gang, the Haitian's arch-rivals in the game.

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Old 11-26-03, 08:36 PM   #2
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Talking some award winning quotes

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State Assemb. Nick Perry (D-Brooklyn), whose district includes East Flatbush and Canarsie, with large concentrations of Haitian immigrants, expressed concern that "some people who play the game might internalize it too much and try to take it into reality."

"Many of our youngsters can pull a trigger to kill a classmate or a peer without a second thought," he said.


But wait the fun doesn't stop there...they also want it banned.

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/...,2151300.story
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State Sen. Carl Andrews (D-Brooklyn) said he will introduce legislation to ban the video game and examine it for any violation of state law.
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Councilman Miguel Martinez said the Dominican community was in solidarity with the Haitians.

Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is holding talks with American authorities about "this new affront to the Haitian people," according to Harry Fouche, the Haitian Consul General in New York.
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Attorney Sanford Rubenstein, head of a legal team representing the Haitian-American community, said he will call on federal, state and city prosecutors to "determine if this racist video game violates existing civil rights statutes and if so, take appropriate legal action immediately" against the two companies.
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Might I suggest the Haitian American groups put some of their apparently vast resources into improving life in their homeland instead of complaining about a video game?
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So...does this mean I shouldn't be letting my six year old play it?
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Well, you aren't "instructed to kill are Haitians". The fact is, you are encouraged to kill, well, everyone. Heh, heh. There's no racisim in that.

But, I do admit, I love to aim for the Haitians. Just like I do the hookers and the pimps and the fat people.
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So...does this mean I shouldn't be letting my six year old play it?
You shouldn't play it either. You might get bad thoughts about Haitians and other groups in the game.
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Wow, if this game is racist towards Haitians, it must also be racist towards, Cubans, Italians, Indians (from India) (there are some Indian pedestrians), Americans, Blacks, Asians, Europeans, and everyone else in this god forsaken world.

They're all represented in the game and they can all be killed. Image that.
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Indians (from India) (there are some Indian pedestrians),
You mean, the cab drivers
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You mean, the cab drivers
Them too...
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I just went and shot a Haitian because I read that.
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So...does this mean I shouldn't be letting my six year old play it?
Do video games have age certifications in USA?

GTA3 in the UK is a 15 certificate. Shops aren't allowed to sell it to anyone under 15.

I'm not sure what the law is regarding a parent allowing a minor to play games above their age, or films even.

But, anyway, if you were in UK, then no you shouldn't be letting your 6 year old play it.
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I hardly see the games damaginga childs mind. Even kids know the difference between a game and reality, if not get off your fat ass and do some parenting
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