Eskimo Pie racist: Company behind controversial ice cream acknowledges ‘derogatory’ name
The native people of the Arctic (including Canada, Alaska and Russia) have several subgoups -- Yupik, Iñupiat, Chukchi etc -- who appear similar but who regard themselves as different and distinct. The Inuit are just one of the subgroups concerned. They speak several different but related languages.
Noting their similarities, English-speakers for many years referred to them all as "Eskimos". Gradually, however, a view developed that such a usage was ignorant: Native peoples should be referred to by their own name for themselves. So in Canada, but not in Alaska, the name of just one such group -- Inuit -- was adopted to refer to them all. That seems just as ignorant as referring to all the different groups as Eskimos but it was generally accepted as an improvement.
The word "Eskimo" does appear to be of native origin so is simply a convenient collective term for a group of related people. Calling it derogatory is essentially just a creation of Leftists. So Leftist agitation has made it seem derogatory to many of the people concerned. It would be amusing if "Inuit" came under similar attack at some time
The makers of Eskimo Pies, a popular ice cream in the US, has announced they will be changing the name of its product after years of controversy.
The vanilla and dark chocolate coated ice cream has been loved by Americans since 1920 however the term Eskimo is considered an offensive term used to describe Inuit people, or people who are native to Alaska and other Arctic regions.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, the head of marketing for the brand’s parent company, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream admitted the term is “derogatory”.
“We have been reviewing our Eskimo Pie business for some time and will be changing the brand name and marketing,” she said. “We are committed to being a part of the solution on racial equality, and recognise the term is derogatory. This move is part of a larger review to ensure our company and brands reflect our people values.”
The changes will be implemented by the end of the year and the company will also cease using the Inuit character in the ice cream’s marketing material.