"I will never be able to play as a Stormcloak. despite my desire to see all the aspects of the game, the thought of a further-divided empire means the Thalmor win. I hate the Thalmor more so than anything else in the game."
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The Stormcloaks are so racist. :/
The game basically makes you choose to be a bigot or a racist. :P
Not that I can stop playing it.
Viva la empire! :D
The Stormcloaks are not racist at all. Let’s take a look at the classic examples of pro-Imperial (or rather, anti-Stormcloak) arguments that get constantly spewed out with no examination, shall we?
- Dunmer segregation in Windhelm
- Argonians kept on the docks
- Khajiit not allowed in cities
- "Skyrim belongs to the Nords"
The Dunmer came to Windhelm soon after the events of the last game, long before Ulfric was even alive. Vvardenfell was destroyed by the red mountain volcanic eruption, so the Nords offered them a safe haven in the form of a large portion of their city. After nearly two centuries, their isolationism and unwillingness to contribute anything to society has turned their refuge into a ghetto and turned the citizens of Windhelm against them. They are accused of being imperial spies because they won’t lift a finger to help the Stormcloaks fight for their beliefs after being allowed to keep their foreign and “evil” customs like Daedra worship. In accordance with the Decree of Monument set forth by the high king, the refugees owe no fealty to the Jarl or hold, aren’t taxed, and have freedom to come and go as they please. One of them even has a farm outside the city with Nords working for him, and he says his kin need to actually work toward bettering themselves instead of complaining constantly.
The Argonians have a long history of violence and slavery with the Dunmer. For centuries the elves have been buying and selling them like cattle, and even going to war when they had enough oppression and killed one of the traders. The Argonians are also connected to the Hist and have the been known to band together in a regenerative collective consciousness (like in Oblivion when they invaded a gate and drove the Daedra back). So you tell me, is it wise to let two large groups of people with such animosity and potential for violence mingle in the streets of a city whose guards are stretched thin enough by war already?
Only the Khajiit caravans are banned from entering cities because they are known to be thieves and drug dealers. This isn’t racial profiling, it’s fact - linger around their camps and listen to them discuss getting the shakes from not having their moon sugar hit. Individual Khajiit not associated with the caravans are allowed in cities, like J’zargo, Tsavani, and Shavari. Even the latter, a secret Thalmor assassin, is allowed into Riften simply because she isn’t part of the trading company.
Last, and simplest. "Skyrim belongs to the Nords" is political, not ethnocentric. If you knew anything about the war, this would be obvious. The Nords want to break free of the crumbling empire and not be told how to live their lives by elven dictators, not kick everyone that isn’t them out of the country. It goes along with their other battle cry, “Death to the empire.”
Aside from that, what has Ulfric done that could be racist? Could it be the Markarth Incident, where he was asked by the empire to overthrow a barbaric group of domestic terrorists, then imprisoned for wanting to get back some of his people’s traditions? Or maybe it’s the fact that he allows multiple Altmer and Imperials to live in Windhelm and have perfectly normal lives - the very races that represent his enemy factions and whom he should be the most suspicious of by rights?
Now just for fun, let’s take a look at some examples of how the empire is demonstrably more racist. The very definition of Imperialism is a fitting place to start. The idea of an empire is to have one culture set up as dominant and teach your people that it is superior to others and necessary for foreign cultures to advance and maintain civility. General Tullius confirms this mentality with regards to the local Nords, the very people he’s supposed to be protecting. His negative statements and sarcastic tones with both his enemies and his own soldiers show significant apathy and disdain for their culture, religion, and political structure.
"Any last requests before I send you to…to wherever you people go when you die?"
"You people and your damn Jarls."
"Without [the legion] to keep order, the provinces would fall into barbarism and lawlessness. Especially Skyrim."
Try calling any non-white race “you people,” fictional or otherwise, and see how far you get before being referred to the KKK. Also bear in mind that it’s the empire that has consistently been passing legislation to keep the slave trade in Morrowind legal, a business that specifically targets Argonians, clearly showing that they value the entitlement of some cultures over the basic civil liberties of others.
So tell me again - how are the Stormcloaks so racist compared to the fascist bureaucracy they’re trying to break away from, the genocidal supremacists they refuse to bend knee to, and the slave traders / drug addicts they’re supposedly oppressing?