Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Worst Ethnic Stereotype Ever 

Ethnic stereotypes are generally pretty bad. Speaking as a member of a group often portrayed as greedy, clannish, too-smart-by-half and malevolent, I know whereof I speak. But this one takes the cake:
More than 600,000 pygmies are believed to live in the DR Congo's huge forests, where they survive by hunting wild animals and gathering fruits.

However, many Congolese regard them as "subhuman" with some believing their flesh can confer magical powers.
This belief has consequences, too. Apparently, in addition to the usual behaviors we associate with genocidal activity (mass murder, rape, village burning), ongoing attacks on Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo also prominently feature cannibalism, at least if human rights group "Minority Rights Group International" is to be believed.

The BBC has more.

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