Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
During the mission High Noon, taking place in an old west Ghost Town, Eddie Pulaski orders CJ, who is a person of color, to dig a grave, while pointing a gun at him. It is a reference to the 19th century, during which people from Africa were being enslaved by rich Europeans and Americans. Some of the rebellious slaves were forced to dig in the earth and were shot in the head by their owner. However, the grave was meant for Officer Jimmy Hernandez, not for Carl.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Racism in GTA IV is highly debatable. There are many racial stereotypes and jokes found within the game, such as the Rich Rabbis, but these are to enhance the humor of the series.
In the early stages of GTA IV, Liberty City is under a terrorism warning, due to a recent attack, and the police are wearier of a newly arrived immigrant rather than American citizens. If Niko passes any of the bridges, uses subway tunnels, or swims, before the appropriate borough segregation is lifted, he will receive a six star wanted level and will be considered a terrorist. It is interesting to note that in either The Lost and Damned and The Ballad Of Gay Tony, Luis and Johnny can cross the bridges without consequence, however, Luis' storyline began after all borough segregations have been lifted. It is also interesting to note that in The Lost and Damned intro, Niko is seen in Alderney, while TLaD's storyline begins when Niko is still in Broker.
When hanging around Northwood, Algonquin, people living there may taunt Niko about him being eastern European.
Grand Theft Auto V
Racism in GTA V comes generally in the form of how white pedestrians react to different things that Franklin does. For example, there are countless videos on the internet showing police officers attacking Franklin for no apparent reason, including when he just happens to be standing near them. This may be due to his ethnicity and skin color.
It must be noted that Rockstar denied any claims of racist behaviour in GTA V when players claimed the police were more aggressive and/or responsive to Franklin than any other protagonist in the game. They claimed that "This is absolutely false, the in-game police don't treat one lead character any differently from the others."
Also, when roaming around rural areas with Franklin and Trevor, two or three quads appear along with the player. Then the people on quads start to taunt the protagonists. For Franklin, the taunts are about him being black, and for Trevor, for being a Canadian. After a few taunts are said, they begin to shoot the protagonists, killing them.
Players did tests at different stations around the state. The tests involved Franklin standing near the police and saying something to them five times at every station in the game. The reactions were then put into a table. The player then did the same with Michael and Trevor, to compare the reactions to Franklin and Michael and Trevor. The results showed that the police reacted aggressively to Franklin more times than they did with Michael and Trevor, mostly at the Davis sheriff Impound. This ranged from pointing at him with a gun and arresting him, to point blank shooting him, whereas Michael and Trevor were usually just acknowledged with a little reply. Another thing to note is, that the police in the rural police stations reacted more aggressively to Franklin than the ones in the city.
- Police dialogue when chasing Franklin is known to include some racism, such as one who says "I will lynch you!"