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Apr 26 2016

Newspeak Alert: The Word “Eskimo” Is Now Racist

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 word’s 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 it’s French, the word definitely has to go.

The word’s 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 isn’t part of the Yupik languages of Alaska and Siberia.

But unless you’re native to the circumpolar region, the short answer is: You probably shouldn’t 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.

Urgent update required.

On a tip from J.

21 Responses to “Newspeak Alert: The Word “Eskimo” Is Now Racist”

  1. Jack says:

    Inuk Pies for everyone!

  2. Occam's Stubble says:

    So no more Eskimo Pies?

  3. rex freeway says:

    Maple syrup will be next. The only thing Canada is known for are Eskimo’s and Maple syrup. And now regressive Liberals. In 3 generations people will nod and blink to communicate

  4. mauser 98 says:

    “Eskimo” considered racist in Canada for at least 30 years
    “Inuit” is now the PC term most often used

  5. mauser 98 says:

    c’mon…hockey players , whores and William Shatner

  6. Henry says:

    Would snow monkey be OK? How about ice beaner or polar gook?

  7. Christmas Ape says:

    and 50 years from now the terms “First Nations”, “Inuit” and “Native American” will all be considered racist or out dated.

  8. Auburn Rapunzel says:

    And that one guy…what’s his name? Cruz?

  9. mauser 98 says:


  10. Skip says:

    Works for me!

  11. TED says:

    I’ll RUSH to enter that BS in my current edition….the SAME day I VOTE for a liberal…

  12. MAS says:

    The battle cry of the 21st century…

  13. KHarn says:

    “When you pry them from my ICE COLD FREEZER!”

  14. WRZ says:

    The Edmonton Eskimos Football Club is obviously the Washington Redskins of the CFL. WE MUST PROTEST NOW!!! er maybe later, now’s not good.

  15. postal67 says:

    Well, I don’t really care what I am called as long as I don’t get called late for dinner..

    I wanted be a Caucasian, but found that I can’t be that either because it is lie.
    Usage in the United States

    Further information: Race in the United States

    In the United States, the term “Caucasoid” is used in disciplines such as craniometry, epidemiology, forensic anthropology and medicine and forensic archaeology. It is also associated with notions of racial typology.

    Besides its use in anthropology and related fields, the term “Caucasian” has often been used in the United States in a different, social context to describe a group commonly called “White people”. “White” also appears as a self-reporting entry in the U.S. Census. Between 1917 and 1965, immigration to the United States was restricted by a national origins quota. The Supreme Court in United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923) decided that Asian Indians were ineligible for citizenship because, though deemed “Caucasian” anthropologically, they were not white like European descendants since most laypeople did not consider them to be “white” people. This represented a change from the Supreme Court’s earlier opinion in Ozawa v. United States, in which it had expressly approved of two lower court cases holding “high caste Hindus” to be “free white persons” within the meaning of the naturalization act. Government lawyers later recognized that the Supreme Court had “withdrawn” this approval in Thind. In 1946, the U.S. Congress passed a new law establishing a small immigration quota for Indians, which also permitted them to become citizens. Major changes to immigration law, however, only later came in 1965, when many earlier racial restrictions on immigration were lifted. This is where the confusion on whether American Hispanics are included as “white,” as the term Hispanic originally applied to Spanish heritage but has since expanded to include all people with Hispanophone ancestry. In other countries, the term Hispanic is not nearly as associated with race, but with the Spanish language and cultural affiliation.

    The United States National Library of Medicine often used the term “Caucasian” as a race in the past. However, it later discontinued such usage in favor of the more narrow geographical term “European”, which traditionally only applied to a subset of Caucasoids.

  16. 762x51 says:

    The language game can provide hours of fun. Next chance you get, ask an illegal why they still speak the language of their conqueror – Spanish. Man. It PISSES them off!

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  18. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    I remember getting scolded for using the word Eskimo about 20 years ago, and that was in California. By a typical bitter, perpetually pissed off neo-hippy. So, not a new one on me, either.

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