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Stereotype of the Month Entry

Another Stereotype of the Month entry:

The cartoon is funny (two Eskimos pushing away a third on an ice floe; as a "retirement" ceremony).

However, in the past 2-3 years we had a physician lie about just such a scenario, up north. People were quite hurt by the accusation.

In fact, I'm not sure there is much evidence for such a scenario in the past, except maybe among the Inuit under extreme conditions.

Certainly, such a slur against a large group of Americans should not have been printed.

Thank you.

M. Pamela Bumsted, Ph.D.

Rob's comment
Pam says this cartoon was published in the Sept. 8 edition of the New York, page 30. A posting on Ethnic Stereotyping and Ageism says it was published Sept. 11.

As Pam notes, the cartoon is similar to another Stereotype of the Month entry, JAMA Article:  Yupik Elders Retreat to the Wilderness to Die. See that posting for more on the problems with this cartoon.

For more on this subject, see More Eskimos on Ice.

Related links
Eskimos:  the ultimate aborigines

Readers respond
"[A]s it depicts what otherwise was culturally commonplace for some Arctic Natives, there is nothing of note to the cartoon."

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