A dark subject

The universe of the Walking Dead reflects a desperate world where each inhabitant has the ultimate goal of survival. Of course, it's not easy to do when every corpse has your head on a plate. In order to live, these select people need every factor available to carry out their day-to-day existence. This would include utilizing every good available like medicine or food, but what about labor? Within this region of brutal lawlessness, where a woman shot down another in cold blood for nervous suspicion, how has no one thought of the alternative to indentured servitude? In the mind of any sane person, this is a dehumanizing and indescribably cruel action. After all, physical threats are the root of this particular relationship. Removing violence from slavery is like getting the white out of rice, so it's obvious that successful forced labor always resorts to threats at the sign of utmost opposition. It's terrible, it's horrific, and it begs to question, "How has nobody thought to use this?"

Now obviously, this is a game, not real life; There are limitations on what programmers can accomplish. In my home of the Midwest, slavery is an extremely touchy subject. Any mention of it and someone gets branded as a racist. Telltale definitely doesn't want to outright declare racism, but their characters can. Lee flat out accused Larry of being a racist in Season One, and happily, the community didn't throw a giant hissy-fit. Why? Because the situation given made sense for Lee to call Larry out. Since we as humans understand the full unfairness of racism, it sounds completely acceptable to mention it. This scenario also works because the player gets to experience it from the victim's side, yielding higher accounts of agreement.

In the end, I think Telltale is capable of implementing slavery in their game. The unique and foreign set of circumstances yield additional stress and problems for a victim to solve, not to mention a clear and obvious way of developing characters. It's easy to side with a slave over his slave driver, and this draws the player in to the man's aid. The intense stress from a harsh authority immerses the player even more. What would you do if you knew someone stronger than you was looming over you head?Whether Clementine's experience or from the mind of someone new, indentured servitude certainly adds a horrific new level to The Walking Dead.

(P.S.) I have the forethought that a lot of people will boo and hiss at the thought of such a painful and unjust plan, but you know what? The Walking Dead is exactly that: painful and unjust. Not one person wants to be where they are. Rather, the circumstances are simply thrust upon the poor sap. Like trees in the winter, each survivor must carry on and force themselves to continue the struggle of living, even when surrounded by death.

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  • Lee and Clem would be slaves back in the 1920's. People don't want to talk about race because it hurts to much.

  • Of course your here

    Lee and Clem would be slaves back in the 1920's. People don't want to talk about race because it hurts to much.

  • Well duh. I love talking about race. It's not a big deal.

    nasmadoodle posted: »

    Of course your here

  • It's nice to know there's someone out there open to this subject!

  • Race is something we all think about. Some hate Clementine is black because they love her so much but can't stand that she's black. Funny if you ask me.

    It's nice to know there's someone out there open to this subject!

  • You mean 1860's.........

    Lee and Clem would be slaves back in the 1920's. People don't want to talk about race because it hurts to much.

  • I really dont see any reason to include a slavery scenario. I dont think anyone would go for it for one thing, and you would need a lot of people willing to do that to a lot of other people. Also, I think that if good people wanted to rebuild society, they would be happy to work for it themselves. The only alternative is to become a bandit and just take what other people have. I cant see any situation where a group would force others to work while they sit on their verandas drinking sweat tea.

  • hmmm your off about 50-60 years.

    Lee and Clem would be slaves back in the 1920's. People don't want to talk about race because it hurts to much.

  • You confuse me. Who, if anyone, does not like Clem because she is a minority?

    Race is something we all think about. Some hate Clementine is black because they love her so much but can't stand that she's black. Funny if you ask me.

  • 1920's? Dont you know slavery was abolished decades before that?

    Lee and Clem would be slaves back in the 1920's. People don't want to talk about race because it hurts to much.

  • You do know it was still slaves in the 1920 's right? It was underground.

    Michael7123 posted: »

    You mean 1860's.........

  • All you have to do is look on Clementine's wiki page under the comments. People are crying saying change her race to white and also they say it's no way she could be black. iI's really funny how much it hurts people Clementine is black.

    You confuse me. Who, if anyone, does not like Clem because she is a minority?

  • I just read that page. No one said that they didn't like that she is "black," they were saying that she doesn't look like she's "black."

    And seriously, who the hell even cares about the color of someone's skin anymore?

    All you have to do is look on Clementine's wiki page under the comments. People are crying saying change her race to white and also they say it's no way she could be black. iI's really funny how much it hurts people Clementine is black.

  • [citation needed]

    You do know it was still slaves in the 1920 's right? It was underground.

  • Alot of people care. If they didn't, many wouldn't want wiki to change her race from African American to something else.

    Jexx21 posted: »

    I just read that page. No one said that they didn't like that she is "black," they were saying that she doesn't look like she's "black." And seriously, who the hell even cares about the color of someone's skin anymore?

  • well those people should stop caring about it because race doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things.

    Also, a lot is two words.

    Alot of people care. If they didn't, many wouldn't want wiki to change her race from African American to something else.

  • They are not going to stop until wiki change clementine's race to white.

    Jexx21 posted: »

    well those people should stop caring about it because race doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. Also, a lot is two words.

  • It is more likely that they would be slaves in Africa nowadays then in the USA back then.
    http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/2012/10/23/more_slaves_now_than_at_any_other_time_in_history.html

    Lee and Clem would be slaves back in the 1920's. People don't want to talk about race because it hurts to much.

  • How can people care about race if there's only one race, the human race?

    Race is something we all think about. Some hate Clementine is black because they love her so much but can't stand that she's black. Funny if you ask me.

  • I'm pretty sure things like slaves exist in the world of TWD, but only in big ruthless groups. And most of them are probably women and children.

  • honestly, I didn't see very many people complaining anyway, it's just something that pops up once in a while on that page

    and they never wanted her race to say white, in fact, most people want it to say Asian-American or African/Caucasian-American or just Mixed Race

    They are not going to stop until wiki change clementine's race to white.

  • actually human is a species

    How can people care about race if there's only one race, the human race?

  • Why would it say Asian when her father and mother are black ?

    Jexx21 posted: »

    honestly, I didn't see very many people complaining anyway, it's just something that pops up once in a while on that page and the

  • Because her mother has paler skin

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    Why would it say Asian when her father and mother are black ?

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    Shes light skinned. Do that look like Asian or White hair to you?

    Jexx21 posted: »

    Because her mother has paler skin

  • a lot of Asians and white people are brunettes. In fact I'd say that it's the most dominant hair color in the world.

    If you're talking about the hair style.. it's a hair style.. it's independent of race..

    Shes light skinned. Do that look like Asian or White hair to you?

  • She has afro hair. Same as Clementine. Where do you people get white and asian? Black people come in many colors light or dark.

    Jexx21 posted: »

    Because her mother has paler skin

  • You're the one that used the terms "White" and "Asian" first..

    And I'm pretty sure that Clementine's mother has a perm in that picture as it's not the same hairstyle she has as a zombie.

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    Also, a friend of mine has "afro hair" or at least he had it at one time, and it was naturally that way. He's white.

    She has afro hair. Same as Clementine. Where do you people get white and asian? Black people come in many colors light or dark.

  • And Clementine doesn't have "afro hair," her hair is just curly..

    Jexx21 posted: »

    You're the one that used the terms "White" and "Asian" first.. And I'm pretty sure that Clementine's mother has a perm in that pi

  • So how she get that big nose then?

    Jexx21 posted: »

    a lot of Asians and white people are brunettes. In fact I'd say that it's the most dominant hair color in the world. If you're talking about the hair style.. it's a hair style.. it's independent of race..

  • Afro hair is curly hair. Her mom has the same hair in both. Shes just dead in that picture.

    Jexx21 posted: »

    And Clementine doesn't have "afro hair," her hair is just curly..

  • Michonne, just stop doing this. Not everything is racist, alright? You need to stop calling everything racist on every thread. It's annoying. It's more bearable than the war between Kenny fans and Kenny haters, I guess, but will you just stop calling everyone racist and getting into massive arguments?

    She has afro hair. Same as Clementine. Where do you people get white and asian? Black people come in many colors light or dark.

  • Im sorry i upset you. When i point out racism it's not to upset anyone. When i say Clementine is black it starts arguments.

    Michonne, just stop doing this. Not everything is racist, alright? You need to stop calling everything racist on every thread. It's

  • ..her nose is big?

    huh..

    is that a trait of black people?

    I don't even know, I just chalk it up to genetics

    So how she get that big nose then?

  • I highly doubt anyone would waste supplies on slaves.

    I'm pretty sure things like slaves exist in the world of TWD, but only in big ruthless groups. And most of them are probably women and children.

  • edited December 2013

    Slavery requires some level of social support to function; in a society where slavery is legal, slaveowners can count on slaves having no way to leave (they'll be hunted down as criminals) and no way to support themselves. Not really feasible in TWD, where there are no laws beyond what an individual group is able to enforce on its own. Unless they were restrained, slaves could just leave. Most groups still seem to be surviving by hunting and gathering--not something you can really do chained up. It also wouldn't be safe to arm the slaves, which means a slaveholding group would be more weakly defended for its size.

  • Most black people have a big nose.

    Jexx21 posted: »

    ..her nose is big? huh.. is that a trait of black people? I don't even know, I just chalk it up to genetics

  • I always thought Clem was black/Asian

    Why would it say Asian when her father and mother are black ?

  • How can you love talking about something you're completely wrong 100% of the time?

    Well duh. I love talking about race. It's not a big deal.

  • The fallout series has slaves/slavers and I've never heard of any outrage or backlash towards it. I think I can even recall some child slaves. I think it'd be a neat idea, to show how dark the world really can be. Telltale pulled off a family of cannibals, who captured victims with rigged beartraps and maimed and slaughtered them in their barn, they could definitely do this but they'd have do it just right.

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