On the Metafiller blog I happened across an interesting article that equates adventurers to a white-man's raciest power fantasy.
It was written on an article from somethingawful.com (http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/president-maverick-racist.php?page=1)
What do you think? Is this a product of the white man's agenda or is it instead just an illusion with a low DC to disbelieve?
Honestly, I can see the parallels. Dark skinned creatures vs the "good aligned" players (for the most part). However, I don't think it I write an encounter to be "O man lets see what whitey can get away with!", but instead I try to play on the fears that all humans have. The best example of this is the chimera. It's a fire-breathing monstrous creature with the of a lion, a snake for a tail, and the head of a goat erupting form it's spine. Humans fear this because lions are hunters and killers in our mind, the bite of snakes can lead to death, creatures of great size have hunted us in the past, and fire consumes all. We we are simply scared of what we fear. In general- we fear the unknown and the unusual. A red-skinned monstrosity with massive muscles, great fangs, wild eyes, and a bad temper who makes guttural roars at you is hardly a Jigaboo-esque racial stand in but is rather a combination of things we fear.
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