Someone Didn’t Get the Memo

India, it seems, has yet to get the memo about avoiding ethnocentrism, promoting multiculturalism, and remaining silent about group differences.

From a new school textbook in India (source):

Eskimos (er, that would be Inuit): “lazy, sluggish and short-lived”, because they live on “a diet largely of meat”.

Arabs are superior to Englishmen. “The Arabs who helped in constructing the Suez Canal lived on wheat and dates and were superior to the beef-fed Englishmen engaged in the same work.”

Meat-eaters: “They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes”.

Overall, multiculturalism is still primarily a Western phenomenon.

Afrik News claims, for instance,

In Morocco, and north Africa, there is a serious problem of racism towards Black people. Called “Black Africans,” they are considered descendants of slaves and labeled “hartani”—literally, “second-rate free men”—or even worse, “aâzi”—which translates to “bloody Negro”. Blacks in Morocco, be they students, migrants, from the South of the Sahara or others, are constant victims of discrimination…

Looks like the Angel of History has only managed to deliver the message of anti-ethnocentrism to a select few addresses.

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