If you wanted to count the number of times video games have been blamed for tragedies, you would need the fingers of yourself, your immediate family, your neighbors and Jack Thompson.  More recently, the man behind the Norway massacre, Anders Behring Breivik, revealed to have used Modern Warfare 2 and World of Warcraft as both training aids and an excuse to isolate himself while he was planning the massacre.  Well, a clinical psychologist at Texas A&M has not only spoken out against the blaming of violent video games, but goes to far to say that it reaches the point of racism. The psychologist, Christopher Ferguson, spoke with Forbes on the matter recently:

I know it’s a little controversial to say, but there’s a certain type of racism
in place with these killings. When shootings happen in an inner city
in minority-populated schools, video games are never brought up. But when these
things happen in white majority schools and in the suburbs, people start to
freak out and video games are inevitably blamed. I think that there’s a certain
element of racism or ignorance here.”

“Scientifically, the idea that video game violence, movie, or television
violence contributes to mass homicides is pretty much a debunked idea that has
no real basis to it. I think certainly the Supreme Court case helped, especially since they were so clear
in pointing out that current research was not able to support that line of
reasoning.”

While it may seem like an outlandish claim, it also has some truth to it. Looking at the news today for inner city crime, I didn’t see video games come up once, but in cases like the Columbine massacre or Virginia Tech, video games were brought up faster than ironsighting in Battlefield.  If you can think of a time, comment below or hit me up on Twitter-@GigawattConduit.

[Via Game Informer]