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From Feminist Elizabethan: Zico Used a Derogatory Term and Falsely Claimed Another Ethnicity in Instagram Post
Zico, a well-known and respected Korean hip-hop artist and producer, posted a photo of himself on Instagram the other day. In his photo (which can be found below), Zico is posing, as innocent can be, in a parka. The caption of his post? “Rainy eskimo.”
Zico’s post is a problem for two major reasons: 1) He used a derogatory term 2) He claimed another ethnicity as his own.
Using “Eskimo,” a Racial Slur
“Eskimo” is a word that has commonly been used by Americans and other Westerners to describe and label indigenous peoples from Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Siberia (i.e., Inuit). It is also a term that is viewed by many as being derogatory and a racial slur as it is a name that was placed upon Inuit by non-Inuit people and the name was thought to mean “eater of raw meat” (linguists now believe that “Eskimo” is derived from the Ojibwa word for “to net snowshoes”). It is thus incredibly offensive (not to mention messed up) that Zico not only used this racial slur...
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Is that person actually serious? I bet only like 1% of the people who use "Eskimo" know it was ever meant to be derogatory, no one is ever taught that as a kid. What if the caption said "Rainy Bunny" would they go and get all upset cuz he's not actually a rabbit? 😂 people are so sensitive.
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I agree with you@ManduBum
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The word "eskimo" is used really commonly (I remember owning a lot of books as a kid that used it) but that doesn't mean it's not hurtful. I think if someone from that group has made it clear it's not okay to refer to them that way we should listen. Maybe this artist didn't know, it sounds like a lot of us here didn't as well. But that just means this is an opportunity to learn
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Thanks for sharing @ButterflyBandit :D
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