Deus Ex: Human Revolution is Racist? Square Enix responds


Claims that Deus Ex: Human Revolution features a racially-charged stereotypic character have resulted in the makers of the game releasing an official statement. Allegations had been made that Letitia the trash lady – an African American character seen early in the game – represented an inappropriate racial stereotype. Letitia is shown digging through a trash can (hence her name) and according to some, speaks in a ‘slave-era dialect’. You can check out Square Enix’s official statement, as well as a video of Letitia the trash lady, below.

Square Enix’s statement:

“Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a fictional story which reflects the diversity of the world’s future population by featuring characters of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. While these characters are meant to portray people living in the year 2027, it has never been our intention to represent any particular ethnic group in a negative light.”

And a video featuring Letitia for reference

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