Misleading CBC article

By letter to the editor on December 2, 2021.

I was recently completely blown away by an article from CBC Radio. The headline was “I Rediscovered an Old Board Game During the Pandemic, But Found Its Fans Now Include Hate Groups.” As a long-time tabletop RPG player, I was immediately intrigued. It turns out that the person who wrote the article discovered a miniature war game called Warhammer 40,000. The report went on to explain how shocked the person was to learn that some players in the game were white supremacists and supporters of Trump, and they were not sure they could play it safe. The web article tried to give the impression that Warhammer was controlled by racists and hate groups, drawing suspicion on it as a method of entertainment and whether it resulted in unsavory political views and practices. After reading it, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was ridiculous. I remembered a similar argument made in the 1980s and early 1990s about the game of Dungeons and Dragons. The game (mostly Lord of the Rings themed, using different names to avoid copyright issues), got caught in the social frenzy known as “satanic panic”, a phenomenon stirred up by Christians conservatives in the 1980s and 1990s, backed by hack-pop-psychologists, who couldn’t fathom the reality that “mainstream family” models were showing cracks in their Norman Rockwell facades. Panic ravaged North America with innuendos and flagrant violations of the Judeo-Christian 9th Commandment. Before the absurdity of satanic panic came to an end and the fear of “satanic ritual abuse” was seen as the garbage charlatan that it was, tens of thousands were falsely accused, thousands falsely accused. prisoners, and as many families and many communities (eg Martinsville, Saskatchewan), were torn apart and traumatized in a 20th century re-enactment of the Salem witch trials.
At the end of the day, the author of this article basically said, “I’m just going to play the game with people I feel comfortable with.”
So, in essence, this was a completely useless and irrational article, where the author finally discovered a certain sense of rationality, while also trying to stir fervor on imaginary associations that Warhammer 40,000 leads impressionable young people to become. members with cards. of the Ku Klux Klan. For those of us who have experienced (at least tangentially) the satanic panic… I vow not to fall into the trap of this absurdity anymore, and I encourage others not to do it either!
Thomas bartoli

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