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Stereotype of the Month Entry

Another Stereotype of the Month entry:

I was in the local school supplies store today when I saw they were selling carnival masks. Among the masks sold were 'indian masks'. Red colored plastic faces with lank black yarn hair and smears of 'warpaint' over their big beaky noses. I approached the manager and identified myself as a Native American. I asked him if he thought it was appropriate to sell such racists items. His reply: 'they are for carnival, for fun'. I asked if he thought black people would be offended if he sold masks with brown skins, bones through their noses, kinky hair, and big lips. His reply: 'some might'. I said 'excuse me, but I believe they would all be offended, and Native Americans are offended by this'. I asked him to remove the products from his shop, he said that he wasn't responsible, the buyer was. I asked if he didn't have any responsibility at all, he said he had to talk to his 'chief'.

The shop is called 'Club', it is a franchise. This particular one is located at Club Gent, Hoogpoort 20-22, 9000 Gent. I don't know if the franchise has a website or not. But the buyers telephone number and name is Jacquie Huts, 021 333 06 15. Plus whatever the international code for Belgium is. If you could add them to the losers' list, I'd appreciate it.

Thank you,

Trisha Jacobs

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