Skip to comments.Newspeak Alert: The Word “Eskimo” Is Now Racist
Posted on 04/26/2016 8:13:16 AM PDT by massmike
Control language and you control thought. That is why progressives have been erasing our language one word at a time, boxing us into an ever smaller corner of what they decide should be permissible. The latest word to be banished is Eskimo. The taxpayer-funded thought police at NPR explain that although the word comes from the Ojibwe language, it has a controversial history. That is, it could be tainted with Western culture:
-People in many parts of the Arctic consider Eskimo a derogatory term because it was widely used by racist, non-native colonizers.-
Anything used by the colonizers who brought them stoves, snowmobiles, medicine, vodka, et cetera must be bad.
-Many people also thought it meant eater of raw meat, which connoted barbarism and violence. Although the words exact etymology is unclear, mid-century anthropologists suggested that the word came from the Latin word excommunicati, meaning the excommunicated ones, because the native people of the Canadian Arctic were not Christian.-
Apparently no one was buying this, so they came up with a new theory:
-According to the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, linguists believe the word Eskimo actually came from the French word esquimaux, meaning one who nets snowshoes.-
If its French, the word definitely has to go.
-The words racist history means most people in Canada and Greenland still prefer other terms. The most widespread is Inuit, which means simply, people. The singular, which means person, is Inuk.
Of course, as with so many words sullied by the crimes of colonialism, not everyone agrees on what to do with Eskimo. Many Native Alaskans still refer to themselves as Eskimos, in part because the word Inuit isnt part of the Yupik languages of Alaska and Siberia.
But unless youre native to the circumpolar region, the short answer is: You probably shouldnt use the word Eskimo.-
Only Eskimos should be allowed to say Eskimo.
Bottom line: Westerners call Eskimos Eskimos, therefore they should not be called Eskimos. Make sure to update your Newspeak dictionary, because in no time people will start losing jobs or getting expelled from college for using the totally innocuous word.
Conan Doyle referred to them as Esquimoes.
Well then the eskimos are going to be pissed they cannot call themselves by that term.
Still does not make me want any slinky flipper.
Another word that is on my “frequent use list” now.
The Leftists have made me decide to embrace bigotry. I prefer truth and bigotry is often truth more than not. Forget PC and lets start calling them what they are. They caused this.
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I notice no preferred name is offered - just a restriction on use of a long-standing name.
Political correctness? I’m not too Inuit.
Get it? Get it? HA! HA! HA!
No not a parody. I’ve heard this elsewhere, that Eskimo is at the least, an outdated archaic term, and at the worst, racist and bigoted.
I’ve also heard we aren’t supposed to talk about American Indians anymore. We are supposed to say “native American” or refer to the specific tribe involved, such as Navajo or Cherokee, rather than calling members of the tribes “Indians”.
It’s hard to keep up with all the politically correct terminology.
The term “homosexual” is supposedly verboten now too. You are supposed to say “gay” or “lesbian” but not “homosexual”.
So now we can expect people to get tripped up in referring to Eskimo people.
And look for campaigns against the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Look for pressures to change that name.
Oh dear, and it used to be so inclusive,
even of the Gays.
“Well then the eskimos are going to be pissed they cannot call themselves by that term.”
The “E” word is the new “N” word. OK for THEM to use it.
Is “eski-shmoes” OK? The bottom line is that if you are Caucasian you should kill you self. LIBs are mentally ill.
Are connoisseurs of sushi and steak tartare violent barbarians?
Aw man, now I can’t play Manfred Mann’s The Mighty Quinn
“Eskimo” - the people who eat blubber.
Actually they call themselves “Iniut” for the most part, but the term “Eskimo” includes all of the various people of the Yupik, Inupiat and Inuit groups. These make up a distinct ethnic group from either the Arctic Indians or the Aleuts.
All fall under the broader banner of “Native American” or “Native Canadian”.
Definitely not of European origin.
So now do I have to say I can sell ice cubes to Inuits, i mean, Inuk? That just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
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