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No, Orcs Aren't Racist

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Recently, the some recesses of the internet went abuzz with debates whether orcs, the fictional bad guys from the Lord of the Ring series who also feature in the Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) game, are the product of racist tropes or promote racism in real life.

Much of this seems to stem from a recent article in The article itself was influenced by a trending tweet, critical of the D&D orc.

The thrust of the arguments seem to involve a myriad of related concerns, namely a.) playing in Dungeons and Dragons either as or fighting against orcs may promote racist attitudes in real life, b.) the origin of the orc in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is based in anti-Asian (or alternatively anti-African) racism and c.) the concept of.

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