Animal Crossing is a stepping stone towards a racist state of mind.
Animal Crossing was released on the Nintendo Switch on March 20th, 2020 and has gathered quite the cult following from adults all the way down to children. Many people have praised this game for it’s incredible graphics, real-time game play and interactive events. It has been easy, therefore, for Nintendo to hide the racist undertones of this game.
We begin the game by landing on an indigenous island, bringing foreign foods and plants to the terrain. Immediately upon arrival we are introduced to Tom Nook and his cronies/nephews, Timmy and Tommy. Nook instructs you to begin laying the foundations for new infrastructure, essentially colonizing the island. This is reminiscent of the plantations that took place in countries such as the United States, Spain and regions of East Africa. It doesn’t help that we as the player are then given the opportunity to rename the island.
After completing the initials tasks laid out to you by Nook, we are then introduced to your two animal neighbors. It becomes clear almost immediately that we are the only human inhabitant on the island. Do you see a problem yet?
Throughout history, the natives of most colonized lands have been referred to as savages, animals and vermin. It is a racist ploy used by western governments to dehumanize and devalue anyone who doesn’t fit their narrative of what a person should look like. The same can be said for Animal Crossing.
Players are encouraged to set up a Museum on their Island, fitted with glass cages, bars and display cases. Despite the fact that your own neighbors are animals, we are encouraged to go out and capture other species, insects and fish to force into captivity. These museum attractions are given even less of a standing than our animal neighbors are, with the game removing their ability to talk or act in any way human.
In Nazi Germany prior to World War II, a similar event took place.
It is difficult not to notice the similarities between the Museum in Animal Crossing and that of Concentration Camps in WW2. Nazi propaganda created depictions of Jewish people as less than human. Animal Crossing removes all human characteristics of the species we capture. In both scenarios, the rest of the population treats their enslavement as a normal aspect of life.
Not only can we force the animals into captivity, we can also sell them in the store for profit. This can be compared to modern day slave trading. This is a dangerous precedent to set for our children who play this game. It trains their brain to believe that some races are better than others, and that some classes of people deserve to live in better quality conditions.
Knowing what we now know about the racial undertones of this game, I am asking parents everywhere to stop allowing their children to play Animal Crossing. It is crucial that we avoid any further brainwashing of the youth.
A Concerned Feminist.