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I went to Scottsboro Alabama on Saturday and visited the Scottsboro Boys Museum which is a fledgling project to bring attention and knowledge of some Civil Rights Era history to folks living in and passing through The South.
The Scottsboro Boys were a group of nine boys aged 12-19 convicted of raping two white girls on a freight train in northern Alabama in 1931. Eight of the defendants were sentenced to death.
It is interesting that the entire case was built on the testimony of two girls who were most likely attempting to avoid prostitution charges after they were unsuccessful in evading the police who were rounding up the black youths on a complaint from a group of white boys.
Ultimately the boys’ convictions were overturned, but the fact remains that nary a mention of the part played by prostitution laws is ever highlighted as a contributing factor to one of the most well known cases of racial injustice in the South.
One of the better on-line accounts of the case can be found on Douglas Linder’s Famous Trials website.
Of course, what really makes the game so reviled by feminists is the sex aspect. Violent video games, where killing and maiming are the focus, have been a part of gaming culture for a couple decades and no credible connection to actual violent crime has been found. Likewise, there is no reason to believe that this game would result in any violence against women. Humans, kids included, can tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
Of course, games like this are precisely what is waved in front of the public by advocates for censorship. What should be kept in mind is that, while these stories are new, the game itself has been around since 2006.