Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing Racist Game

March 18, 2009 -

Kennesaw, Georgia is in the midst of an ugly scandal. And a racist online game is playing a prominent role.

Last week, a group of minority employees in the Atlanta suburb filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging mistreatment by white co-workers, supervisors and elected officials.

City Councilman John Dowdy (left), a defendant in the suit, has resigned his post, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among numerous allegations, the lawsuit charges that Dowdy, a 10-year veteran of City Council, circulated e-mail links to the anti-immigration themed Flash game Border Patrol. Released anonymously in 2006, Border Patrol disparages Hispanics with epithets such as "drug dealer" and "breeder."

From the lawsuit:

Dowdy sent an email to Human Resources Director... linking the recipient to a racially violent video game called "Border Patrol" in which the game player would "shoot" different cartoon characters that were stereotypes of Mexicans, including "Mexican National," "Drug Smuggler," and "Breeder," a cartoon of a pregnant Mexican woman holding hands with children . Points were assigned for shooting and killing each of these characters .

 

Dowdy forwarded this game to [three Kennesaw employees] among other people, along with a message which read, "THIS IS WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes you feel better anyway, I did my part today, I kept a few from coming over!!! GET READY --- THEY ARE
FAAAST! ! !"

UPDATE: We inquired with Kennesaw officials as to whether Dowdy is a Democrat or Republican. However, we were told that council elections there are non-partisan, so no party affiliation is recorded by the city.


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Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

"THIS IS WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes you feel better anyway, I did my part today, I kept a few from coming over!!! GET READY --- THEY ARE FAAAST! ! !" I actually half-expected him to say "White Power!!" near the end.

At the very least, that's one less racist politician to worry about.

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Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. ~ Joseph Story

Welcome to America, the Land of Hypocrisy and Lies. Where our Fore Fathers escaped horrible conditions to create this land of Liberty where all shall be equal but F**k you because your not equal as us.

 

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Once you understand that "all men are created equal" only applied to white men, then it all falls perfectly into place.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

When I was reading the story I gave the man the benefit of the doubt and thought "Maybe he was alarmed at the game and wanted to discuss his shock with a colleague"...

Then I read the quote from the email.

Aha. Yes.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

Can't say I'm too surprised.

I know not ALL southerners are like this, but I was with my family on a road trip once, and both me and my father sported long hair and my dad was wearing a necklace with a dreamcatcher on it an I a pagan pentagram.

We stopped i na restaurant to eat.

Gues which two pantrons were gettign filthy looks.

I'm not saying the south in all is racist, I mean, I'm a southern born myself, but still, it's hard to escape it.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

goddamnit why must it be my state that's filled with racist sister-fuckers.

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

"We inquired with Kennesaw officials as to whether Dowdy is a Democrat or Republican. However, we were told that council elections there are non-partisan, so no party affiliation is recorded by the city."

Take a wild guess though.

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Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

I fail to see how it matters. Both major parties have nuts from their sides, and there are nuts in the middle, and also nuts from the Greens and Libertarians.

Even mentioning Democrat/Republican is almost like saying "We inquired as to whether Dowdy was a Christian or an Athiest. However, we were told that council elections there have a seperation of church and state, so no official religion is recorded by the city." They're just mindsets/beliefs, and trying to categorize a person on something as pointless as party lines is slightly offensive by itself.

At least, that's my view. I think asking for Dem/Rep is pointless, but I also think having only a 2 major party system is a very wrong thing to have, and hardly favor the existence of parties at all.

 

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

Lets see, Georgian + Racist + Stupid = probably Republican

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

wait hang on a sec...

Politician gets fired for playing a game about shooting mexican criminals!?!?!??

I don't know much about this game and it may be racist but aren't illegal aliens criminals???

also considering that mexico is on the verge of civil war due to drug dealers...(it is listed on the US travel advisory right after Iraq in terms of danger...) Isn't it fair to show mexicans as drug dealers?

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Also, RTFA, he was NOT fired, he stepped down. Councilfolks cannot be fired as they are elected officials.

And it wasn't for playing the game that he's potentially in trouble. It's for using government email to send the game to others within the government, which is likely in clear violation of the email terms of use that are placed on what can and cannot be transmitted via the City's email servers. That is likely why he stepped down rather than get stripped of his position through a lengthy empeachment process.

The lawsuit is a seperate matter and is a CIVIL suit brought on by employees who were offended by the game, especailly sitting in thier work email.

And lastly, showing mexicans as drug dealers is one thing. Shooting kids and pregnant women as they try to cross the border is another...

 

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Ohhh might have misread a bit, but ok, that makes sense...

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

To be devil's advocate for a minute, when there are pregnant women that will break into the US just to leave their social liability in our country....Just saying. Not that I'm taking sides, just pointing it out.

If I was the judge for the civil suit, I'd laugh and toss it out.

As for the government-email-TOS deal, I don't know the terms of use, but if he DID violate it, well then yes that makes sense. But who hasn't played games on school computers even when it's against the "School Code of Conduct" or "Electronics Terms of Use"?

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Maybe if the Americans hadn't forcible taken Mexico's land, all those Mexicans wouldn't be confused and thinking that they have some entitlement to be in California, New Mexico, Arizona, etc.  

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

I'm sure many Native Americans will find that particular sentence real funny.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

I am not from America originally so pardon me if I am wrong, but didn't Mexico START that particular war?

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Only if it is fair to portray gamers as gun toting mass murderers.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

In real life no...

However in a game, book or a movie I would say it is perfectly fine to do so...

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

The game makes a point to show that they are ILLEGAL immigrants and therefore criminals.  These are people who willingly break the law.  I for one think we need a way to show them they are not welcome as we are already having enough trouble deporting the illegals we already have.  Yes I understand that the stereotypes portrayed in the game are harmful to hispanics and that isn't right.  However I also don't think he should have been sued over something this stupid.  So he plays a game and burns off frustration, that's normal.  So long as he only plays it on his breaks I'm fine with it.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

You're so completely missing the point it's not even worth trying to explain it to you.

-- http://pixelantes.blogspot.com/

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

You know, I don't see the point of this either. He forwarded a game to some fellow employees. Everyone disagrees about how to deal with the "illegal invader" problem, and while this game may BE racist, I also take joy in playing games that have all sorts of immoral content. At what point do I become a "bad person" that everyone is suing?

I think it is a non-issue, and I don't think, based on this alone, that any court would rule him guilty. Maybe he did do some truly racist things, maybe not. But on this alone, I think a lot of people overreacted.

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

The difference is that he's a politician. They're held to higher standards and they can't seriously conduct business after incidents like this. He's meant to be a role model citizen of sorts..

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

If politicians are suppossed to be role models (hence we're suppossed to be acting like them) shouldn't I cheat on my taxes, lie to everyone, and not care for anyone who's not part of my political party?

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Just tell me what the point is.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Well, since I'm bored and your denseness bears no boundaries, let's give it a try. I'm pretty confident that it won't help you understand it though.

This racist bigot got into hot water not because he is opposing illegal immigration to protect all the proud, patriotic citizens of the land of the hypocrites from all those brown people, but because he played a game that allows you to slaughter unarmed civilians, incl. pregnant women, children and babies, and that calls hispanic people wetbacks and rewards the player with points the more wetbacks he shoots.

More seriously he expressed joy in the actual activity of shooting wetbacks, as opposed to merely enjoying the GAME, and did so publicly.

But, hey, it's all good if you're trying to keep the land white and clean, eh?

-- http://pixelantes.blogspot.com/

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Let me take this point by point.

1: "he played a game that allows you to slaughter unarmed civilians, incl. pregnant women, children and babies," 

the fact that it's shooting unarmed civilians is what should bother you whether they be men, women children, whatever.  You're discriminating against men when you make only those groups sound like it's bad to shoot them in a game.

2: "More seriously he expressed joy in the actual activity of shooting wetbacks, as opposed to merely enjoying the GAME, and did so publicly."

expressed joy in the actual activity of shooting mexicans?  When did he shoot mexicans?  He can't enjoy something he's never tried.  He played a game about it, doesn't mean he'd enjoy the actual thing.  I enjoy war games but know I wouldn't smile often in an actual war.

3:"and that calls hispanic people wetbacks and rewards the player with points the more wetbacks he shoots."

As oppossed to all the other games in which all germans in WW2 are portrayed as ruthless evil nazis when many of them were just ordinary citizens.

 

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

In a time not too far removed from now, it was the same mindset that allowed some folk to say, "Well, shucks, I don't see why you're up in arms 'cause that nigger got lynched. Damn it, he was looking at a white woman!!" 

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

I don't know whether illegal immigrants are "welcome" but I do know they're essential to the American ecomony. Last time I checked, American citizens weren't exactly lining up in droves to pick fruit, mow lawns, and clean toilets for minimum wage. Where else will the United States obtain a reliable and plentiful source of cheap labor? Do you wanna pay $15 for a pound of grapes? 

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The unemployment rate is at a 25 year high.  Quite a few American citizens are desperate for any job.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

I guess the illegals have a higher tolerance to toxic pesticides and don't break out in sores on their arms like the gringos do. Why else would United Fruit not hire American citizens? If you think you can get an American citizen to bend over and swing a machete at sugar cane in Florida all-96-degrees-in-the-shade-long, you out your goddamned mind. That ain't happening. Could be 75% unemployment. It ain't happening. 

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Considering the current unemployment rate in some states, I'm sure there are plenty of people who would gladly pick grapes and clean toilets for minimum wage.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Where else?  The answer here is clear.  Prisons.  At least the less dangerous prisoners can be used as a form of cheap labor.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

@Frank:

The United States already experimented with slavery. The experiment failed terribly and ended ruinously in a Civil War. Plus, there're now all those conventions and treaties and laws against forced labor. But at least you're thinking outside the box.  

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Yeah, I'm totally gonna have a prisoner clean my house.

sigh

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

YES. I don't understand why prisoners don't have to do anything and can even be rewarded while being punished for a crime. They should have to either pay off their crime in the form of labor (consider it community service, but even better), or sit in solitary (if they're really bad)

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

An important question is- how "victimful" is the crime of crossing the border illegally? Families that come to the US illegally are criminals because of a legal technicality, but we cannot compare them to drug dealers or sexual offenders.

We have to punish accordingly and not consider everyone dangerous just because they broke a law. There are many laws that are more trivial and go ignored. People are technically criminals for jaywalking or removing their shoes in public (in certain towns).

So when we say they need to be punished, let's not give the impression like we are treating them as people that intended to do harm to others.

GameSnooper

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

They're takin ur jobs!!!

Edit:SP reference for anyone who didn get it.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

Well, at least the "racist game" mentioned was an actual racist game, and not another Resident Evil 5 freakout.

Talk about bringing a political career to a screeching halt.  How unbelievably stupid can you be?

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

That Border Patrol game is actually racist Unlike Resident Evil 5 which is not racist.  I wouldn't play it with a 9 1/2 feet pole (this is not a sexual references, this is a reference to the Grinch song).  Mexicans portray as Drug dealers and other stereotypes, yeah, I have many latino friends who go to college to get a good job and don't want anything to do with drugs.  That's why I would tell all the gamers not to play Border Patrols, that game is racist!!! 

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After ...

Dowdy forwarded this game to [three Kennesaw employees] among other people, along with a message which read, "THIS IS WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes you feel better anyway, I did my part today, I kept a few from coming over!!! GET READY --- THEY ARE
FAAAST! ! !"

What the F*** what caused him to get in serious trouble

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

Border Patrol is a murder simulator, training our gov't employees how to murder people on the run.  Ban it!  Come on JT, where are you?

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

PWNED!!! Well, at least he will have more free time to play. Just lets hope he still can tell between reality and fantasy.

The cynical side of videogames (spanish only): http://thelostlevel.blogspot.com/ My DeviantArt Page (aka DeviantCensorship): http://www.darkknightstrikes.deviantart.com/

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

I don't know about how Georgia City runs things, but if I was playing games at work I'd be fired.

 

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Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

Georgia is a state.

Also most companies would have to fire everyone if they enforced all their technology asset policies.

Re: Georgia City Councilman Resigns, Is Sued After e-mailing

Anyone that types like a 14 year old girl should be kicked out of any job.

 
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