For Science: Study suggests racial stereotyping underpins campaign to blame real-world violence on video games

    
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Academics have found a way to make the media and politicians’ spurious blame of video games for real-world violence look even worse than it already did.

A group of researchers from Villanova, Virginia Tech, and Penn State have this month released a new paper in the American Psychological Association’s peer-reviewed Pscyhology of Popular Media Culture journal that essentially explores the racial component at play when the video game blame card is applied to a public act of violence like school shootings. They conducted two studies: one a survey of over 200,000 articles and the language they used, and one a study of readers’ perceptions. According to the paper, both “confirmed the notion that racial stereotyping leads people to accept school shootings committed by Black perpetrators without seeking external explanations, but when school shootings are committed by White perpetrators, people often blame video games for the violent act,” suggesting that “racial stereotyping might be one reason some continue to blame video games for school shootings.”

“Because there is a stereotypical association between racial minorities and violent crime, it is possible that people often look toward video games as a cause for school shootings committed by White perpetrators who do not fit this stereotype. Consistent with this notion, Study 1 (n 169) found that participants who read a mock news story about a school shooting were more likely to blame video games when the shooter was White than when the shooter was Black. Study 2 examined 204,796 news stories of 204 mass shootings committed in the United States and found that, when a shooting occurred at a school, video games were 8.35 times more likely to be discussed when the shooter was White than when the shooter was Black.”

In other words, blaming video games for real-life violence is not only bad science but apparently rooted partly in racism. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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48 Pistols

Meanwhile the rest of the world is playing video games and not starting school shootings.

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draugris

Maybe they should focus their studies more on the topic what kind of impact it would have if these kids would not have been able to buy f…ing guns instead of race. If somebody has a bullet in his head usually does not care whether a white or a black shot him.

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rafael12104

My oh my. I am just now getting to this one, and I don’t believe I can contribute anything new to the conversation.

Suffice it to say that, the studies are from credible sources. The phenomenon is not really surprising. And that stereotypes like preceptions are often unintentionally biased, but never the less biased.

But I believe, the latest instances of video game scapegoating are from those who can not accept that, in the United States, strengthening gun control is needed and warranted.

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Utakata

And one more thing: I would like to thank Ms. Bree from bringing this all up. It certainly fills in the news black hole cycle between Betawatch and the MMO Week in Review columns that afflicts this station every weekend. The /popcorn was delicious too! o.O

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Nathan Aldana

technically, the thing is, Black school shootings are basically statistically something that never happens.

like comparitively in statistics non-whites basically never shoot up a school.

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A fact conveniently omitted from most discussions of this sort.

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styopa

They don’t need to kill puerile at schools. Their intra-ethnic murder rate grossly outstrips other ethnicities.

((Edit: This is not true; please see NCJRS.gov link below.))

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Nathan Aldana

ah yes, and im sure you;re going to tell us thats inherehnt in their nature and definitely not at all related to how many minorities live in economic wastelands where there are no opportunities

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Arktouros

You took an objectively stated comment and then fabricated a racist reason for stating it. If you don’t want people getting defensive of feeling victimized maybe don’t go around implying they’re terrible human beings when they’ve given you no reason to do so? (I obviously have, you can imply all you want with me).

What’s worse is Bree already quoted the part from the paper that showed you’re both wrong as racial minority groups committed 42.4% of the school shootings in this study.

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Nathan Aldana

Thats about as “objectively stated” as the time a professor of mine spent half a day quoting heritage foundation statistics insisting there was definitely no agenda behind quoting “shocking stats” like that poor people actually owned cellphones.

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Arktouros

Half a day quoting a conservative interest group is completely and entirely different than trying to offer a reason to explain your erroneous statement that statistically non-whites never shoot up schools.

Instead of immediately playing the “you’re only saying that because you’re racist” card you could have easily looked up the fact that the basis for styopa’s comment is entirely wrong actually. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime Homicide Fact Sheet from 2017 based on 2015 data:

Homicide is largely intra-racial. Of crimes involving a single offender and victim: 81% of white victims were killed by a white perpetrator; 89% of all black victims were killed by a black perpetrator.

None of the numbers really represent the position of “grossly outstripping” anything. This is really what I was trying to get at below at the importance of discussion and coming to a mutual understanding. You don’t have to come to agreement, but presenting fact based arguments without rushes to judgement we have the potential to chip away at our biases. When I originally read stoypa’s statement my bias felt that was a believable statement, but in the process if looking it up I can see that assumption was wrong.

That’s why these discussions, while frustrating, are important.

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Sarah Cushaway

This article rings pretty true, even if it is long winded.

It’s part of white privilege. And again, for the billionth time I’ve had to explain it (and having grown up POOR AS HELL it took me a while to come to terms with it myself. I have a special needs daughter. We had to go through bankruptcy to pay for her medical costs until she finally got disability and medicaid–you’ll see how this plays into what I’m about to say in a minute).

Being white does NOT mean you will a) be rich b) be treated fairly all of the time by everyone c) not struggle daily d) not have to work hard e) not suffer illness, bankruptcy, lack of resources (huuuuge problem in our country), etc f) get every job you apply for g) be able to afford housing

^ the above are problems with our class system in America, and while it is definitely tied to race in many cases, it affects everyone. BUT…and here’s the BUT– white privilege means NONE of those things will EVER happen to you BECAUSE OF YOUR RACE.

For many POC, those things DO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE.

Even something as simple as going to the doctor for pain medication? Guess what–research shows that even today, many doctors are more reluctant to give pain relief to black children and adults because of some fucked-up myth that they don’t feel pain the same way we do. Don’t believe me? https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/racism-discrimination-health-care-providers-patients-2017011611015 https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpearl/2015/03/05/healthcare-black-latino-poor/#297dc5a78695

etc–Could link dozens of studies.

That’s just one example. Sure, a poor white will get treated pretty shitty in many situations, too (it’s happened to me before) but it’s NOT because of race, it’s because of socio-economic status. However, a black person or native person or hispanic person of any socio-economic class has a far greater chance of being treated like shit BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE and race alone.

Now, the article outlines white privilege. When a white male shooter goes on a rampage, we look for some outside source to blame. “Video games” “Lack of mental health care” (and yeah, that is a real problem for this country–but that is never brought up when the shooter isn’t white). “Poor parenting” “Bullies” etc.

When a black person or Muslim or any other non-white goes on a shooting spree? “Thugs” “Terrorists” Bad Hombres” “Gang members” etc.

See the difference? With a white shooter, it is unfailingly someone else or something else that pushed them to this extreme. When it’s a shooter who is a POC, it’s always THEIR fault and no outside influence could have possibly been a factor.

That is white privilege.

On the topic of guns: I grew up in a rural area. Very rural. My home town has less than 1.5k people total. Many people hunt there FOR FOOD. My family hunted FOR FOOD. Hunting rifles are in almost every home. Hell, I own 3 (.30-06, .300 Savage, .243) that I keep at my dad’s house way out in the boonies locked up in a gun cabinet.

But you do not need an AR-15 or similar weapon to hunt. In fact, most expanded magazine capacity rifles are shitty for hunting. Absolute crap. They are made for one thing: killing humans. And no civilian needs to own a weapon with that purpose and that purpose alone.

“WAAAAH GUN CONTROL DOESN’T WORK ONLY CRIMINALS WILL HAVE THEM WAAAAH”.

Yeah, except the vast majority of other countries with strict gun laws prove otherwise. And again, even THAT is racially motivated–because when most white people think or talk about “criminals with guns”, they’re thinking of POC “thugs” and “gang members”.

It’s stupid. This country’s obsession with guns needs to be pitched out the window. The race issue needs to be addressed. The socio-economic classism, which is so tied to racism–)yep, right down to “poor white trash” who are so often told “it’s immigrants that are responsible for this, it’s urban welfare moms responsible for it…certainly not the fact the powers that be bugger and cheat the poor at every turn they can, legally or maybe not so legally…oh no, it’s that BAD HOMBRE over there, blame HIM for your poverty and suffering”) needs to be addressed.

And whiny little white males (and females) who cry about being framed as evil and the bad guy and blah blah white shaming reverse racism are being either willfully ignorant or just want to fucking cry without having anything real to CRY ABOUT.

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Bruno Brito

Honestly, i think the issue of understanding is that the word “privilege” comes up.

Here’s how i like to illustrate my points: You aren’t privileged. Being able to have a roof on top of your head, and being safe from crime and working your ass off to pretend to yourself and everyone else that all isn’t in the brink of collapse, is NOT a privilege. We have a society to keep us safe because we don’t want to live on those savage terms.

But, and this is huge, and people should understand this: The way you’re READ as first impressions go, is extremely important. White people are, poor or not, less likely to be gunned down by armed policemen. Women are less likely to be seen as threats by police, hence, they’re less likely to die too. This all ties with how we see others, how we see ourselves and how society sees us.

So, being a middleclass, lower middle class, poor, miserable, black, white. The reality of the situation is that we’re all fucked. And we’re still pretending we don’t have gullible morons commanding everything while bankers and other filth rich bastards are running away with everything we worked for.

BUT, there ARE people who are way more fucked than you. Simply because not only they have to deal with all this garbage, but also because the color of their skin, or the way they identify themselves, or the number of bills in their pocket, make them more likely to be targets to something we’ll never experience.

A good example is: I live alone. I live in a place where most people are old. I’m not. I’m a white poor guy. During a particular dangerous timeframe around here, several homes were robbed at gunpoint, either in the middle of the afternoon or amidst night cover. They even took my bike. But my home wasn’t invaded nor did i get a gun at my forehead. My neighboorhood, who’s a old lady, was threatened to be shot tho, and they took some of her stuff. Guess why?

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Sarah Cushaway

Exactly. Again, being white does not mean you’re going to automatically have a perfect life with no struggles. It simply means your struggles won’t be because of your race. I do think people knee-jerk at the word “privilege” because it usually puts to mind wealth and prosperity–which we know many working class and poor whites do not have. However, in a culture where people of a different race are treated -differently- (and often worse) than you -because- of their race, then you DO have a privilege they don’t.

And that shouldn’t be the case. But it is. And people denying it just infuriates me.

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Nathan Aldana

Yep.

the fact i look white means people afford me respect they would not afford my much more obviously mexican cousins.

That doesnt mean I make more money than them, it simply means people dont assume nearly as many negative stereotypes about me at a glance.

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John Mynard

Is it because you present as “white” or because the Lamestream Media spends literally ALL it’s time talking about crime and certain demographics have social and cultural combinations(IE poor, under educated, ect) that lead to a higher crime rate, so they get on the TV and in the paper more?

Literally the most racist people I see on a daily basis on the “white privelege” and Politically Correct crowd. The issue is not being able to call people on their shit because it’s “offensive”. Well I’m offended by a lot of their bullcrap too, but you don’t see me whining about it.

Regarding Bruno’s neighbor being held at gunpoint when he wasn’t. Is it possible she was assualted like that because she’s an elderly woman and Bruno is an adult male?

Frankly, and this is going to offend a LOT of people, since the United States is in the business of requiring people to purchase a given set of products and services(ala Obamacare), I would be totally in favor of requiring people to purchase and be educated in the use and maintenance of a personal firearm, whether it be a rifle or a sidearm, when they gain their majority. If Bruno, and his other neighbors, had presented themselves from a secure position and informed the perps that the police were on the way and held them with a weapons of their own, then they would’ve done two things: stop those perps and identified their neighborhood as a place to not commit crime because the residents are organized and on the lookout.

The solution to violence and crime is to actually get to know our neighbors and care about them and their welfare again and to team up with them to protect each other from criminality.

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Nathan Aldana

yeah, no. I have no interest in owning a gun and giving money to gun manufacturers.

Also the fact you scream “lamestream media” automatically tells me I have no interest in reading the rest of that gigantic word vomit of a post.

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Sarah Cushaway

Oh, ,child. I call people on their shit all the time, son. I’m crude, I’m blunt, I take no crap. And yes, I’m FAR left. I grew up poor as dirt and if I can wrap my mind around the fact white people in this country have been afforded, throughout history, less crap BECAUSE OF OUR RACE, so can you.

But you won’t. Because you want to play victim when you’re not a victim in his dog fight. You don’t even HAVE a dog in this fight. You are NOT discriminated against because of your race. Therefore, you have the privilege of never enduring racism. Others in this country deal with it on a daily basis. They are speaking out and telling us that “hey, this is what we see, this is what we endure, this is what happens to us.” To ignore them or try to “whitesplain” over it is basically calling them all liars. Why? Because in your scared little white boy soul, you still think anyone not of your race or political leaning or religion MUST BE A LIAR by proxy.

And it makes you a flaming racist. And you -are- a flaming racist.

And no, no one was “forced” to buy Obamacare. It has never been enforced that you HAD to buy insurance. The whole “I have to pay a feeeeeee” thing never even happened because of lack of enforcement of that clause, since everyone knew how it would turn out. How do we know? Millions still don’t HAVE insurance (and that number is growing thanks to your Dear Leader) Companies were (rightly) forced to offer insurance. So stop playing strawman there, buttercup.

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Baemir

I don’t think dismissing other people’s suffering as “blah blah” and calling them names will do your argument much good. It’s a little crazy that you start talking about how terrible your youth was and then you pull a 180 and basically start arguing that disadvantaged whites should just deal with it because their POC peers have it slightly worse. It almost sounds like something that certain victims of the holocaust would say about a different group of victims to see if they can gain some favor with the Nazis.

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MilitiaMasterV

Personally, as a white person, I’m sick of all the white people playing the ‘victim’ card and acting like they are ‘under attack’, and then turning around and using that as an argument to ‘attack back’ RE: the mass shootings.

Yeah, as a white person, who is deathly poor I’ve actually witnessed things from ‘the other side’. I know how easy it would be to ‘fall off that precipice’ and have to survive via doing crime. The only thing currently stopping me from having to do that is the social safety net in my country, which a certain subset wants to do away with. Lived experience plays a large part in poverty, which often leads to crime. The assumption that you can ‘just get out’ by doing something to overpower it is a fallacy pushed by those who have never lived it, and simply don’t understand.

Does not surprise me one bit that race plays into blaming games…

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Vincent Clark

Well said +

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Sarah Cushaway

Bingo.

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Schmidt.Capela

The assumption that you can ‘just get out’ by doing something to overpower it is a fallacy pushed by those who have never lived it, and simply don’t understand.

Kinda. When you do have appropriate social safety nets and good government-backed programs to provide people with training and jobs then you actually enable people to “just get out”, but when those programs are absent or lacking it becomes incredibly hard to escape poverty.

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Thank you for your post, Militia Master V! It’s very much appreciated as a note of sanity and clarity in this discussion.

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MurderHobo

One hundred sixty-nine undergraduate students
enrolled in communication courses were recruited to participate in
the study for course credit

Of the participants in
the current study, 65.1% were female and 34.9% were male. The
majority of the participants were White (88.13%)

Mean age of the participants was
19.56 years (SD 1.72) and median age was 19

That seems like a rotten sample. I know it’s accepted practice, but it still seems like lazy science.

Build a sample set that covers a decade and I might pay attention. Until then I don’t need a popular media psychology ‘study’ to convince me that people project their biases and prejudices. I don’t see how this broadens our understanding of much of anything.

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Eamil

Pretty much. Studies like this are done specifically to grab headlines; there’s nothing else really meaningful about data derived from a sample that small and that specific.

The other study is better, but not by much. How many of the 204 shootings they collected articles on had white perpetrators vs. black? How did they compare the figures? What percentage of articles didn’t mention video games at all? The way they report the statistic doesn’t actually tell us a lot.

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Chosenxeno .

All I will say is this: A society that does not protect the future maintainers of that society will not last.

Kids are begging for laws to be changed to protect them from potential Mass Shooters and those who are long in the tooth have told them in short “Screw you we want our guns!”

That’s dangerous for this teetering Empire…

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Baemir

Would you say that throughout history great Empires had a tendency to obey the wills of their youths?

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Nathan Aldana

great empires have a tendency to blow themselves up because they let people get elected or into rulership positions who care more about personal profit than the nation and the whole thing comes down like a sack of bricks once people realize its mostly gentlemens agreements that keep things functioning and that you can just opt to not respect any of them
They really arent worth romanticisng, either.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Case in point, Byzantium, whose rulers squabbled over who sat on the throne, killing each other with great regularity, doing such stupid things as selling the rigging off their navy to make a quick buck. They were so busy poisoning and stabbing each other for profit, they forgot to check what the Ottomans were doing.

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Chosenxeno .

This isn’t about obedience. It’s about protecting “Legacy” holders. Which a child is.

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Cody Schwab

A society that lets children determine its rule of law is a society that already lost.

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Sarah Cushaway

No. A society that doesn’t value its children over a specific subset of firearms is already lost. Children are being SHOT at SCHOOL and they have -eeeeevery- right to complain and protest and want something to be done.

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Chosenxeno .

I’m not even going to respond to his comment. It’s that bad lol. I pray to god that what he typed was a poor attempt at trolling.

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John Mynard

I’m not so choosy as Chosenxeno.

I’m going to point out that your “specific subset of firearms” comment is inane and foolish. It is the slipperiest of slippery slopes because what do you ban next when your ban on your current target of fixation, the AR-15(which I’ll get into in a moment), doesn’t actually have the effect you set out for it to have? What comes after that? Shotguns? Handguns? There is no such thing as “common sense gun control” because the only way to ensure that criminals, who by their nature care little for law or person, are minimized in their impact is to establish and maintain a circumstance of mutually assured destruction. They won’t come after you because of their fear of getting shot up. Not because you actually would, but because they can’t take that chance that you’ll kill them stone dead for threatening your family.

As for the long-suffering AR-15. I suggest you educate yourself about the weapon and it’s use cases. This is a remarkably even handed article for a Lamestream news outlet and it is very informative.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/america-s-rifle-why-so-many-people-love-ar-15-n831171

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Nathan Aldana

Just because you feel safer with a gun doesnt mean we should automatically hand the gun lobbies a ton of extra money and force gun ownership on people who think your pet hobby is boring.

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Sarah Cushaway

Boring and in most cases, pointless. Hunting? Fine. A small handgun for personal protection if you live in a bad area? Fine. AR-15s and other expanded capacity/customizable rapid-fire weapons? No. No. No.

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Utakata

*Pigtails want to make a joke about the man children running the legislature and executive, but the head is not sure that would be helpful here*

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Chosenxeno .

I wasn’t going to respond to this willfull ignorance(you know damn well this is not what I meant but I digress). Do you know why Japan is considered dying and China is considered in trouble despite a massive population? CHILDREN ISSUES. A simple Google search or one of the many YouTube videos on these topics will tell you all you need to know.

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Sarah Cushaway

Sorry,wrong thread. But yeah.

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Chosenxeno .

lol I kinda figured

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John Mynard

Let me fix this for you:

FrightenedKids, indoctrinated into believing that Government is the solution to everything, are begging for laws to be changed to protect them from potential Mass Shooters remove the rights from certain people without due process.

Frightened people, particularly children, make terrible decisions. Especially when they’ve been taught to think in a short sighted way.

I will point out that you don’t get more freedom by removing rights. The only people who win if the gun control crowd gets their way are criminals and actual empire builders.

I’ll leave you with the last great speech from The Doctor:

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Chosenxeno .

Look, no one is saying murder is going to end if gun laws changed. Maybe make it so they can’t murder so many in bunches? Don’t tell me the government can’t atleast do that much.

P.S. Didn’t bother clicking the vid. I felt the post was pretentious enough.

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Arktouros

The video was a bit of an odd selection, the only relevant part basically says that in the end it’s going to come down to people talking. Good episode really but not too relevant to gun violence (mostly had to do with revolution/war).

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Nathan Aldana

equal or nothing here meaning ” we should ignore that all races arent equally advantaged in society because I dont want to engage with a world where anything I own wasnt gained by my sheer pluck”