During his second practice session at the Portiman event, Verstappen contacted Lance Stroll on Turn 1 and had the Red Bull driver radio the Canadians brand “Litard” and “Mongolia.”
Verstappen’s comments were badly criticized, and the charity Mongolian Identity sought an apology from a Dutch driver for his radio comments.
Verstappen later said, “I didn’t mean to offend anyone,” but various groups, including Mongolian UN ambassador Lundeg Purevslen, demanded a full apology from him.
Purevsuren also wrote to the FIA about Verstappen’s “racist and derogatory” language, calling for the FIA to take a more solid position on his language.
In honor of this week’s recognized International Education Day, Mongolian Identity has launched a campaign calling on dictionary publishers to redefine and clarify the definition of the word “Mongolia,” citing Felstappen’s radio comments. did.
“Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen caused a fuss when he called his rivals” Mongolia, “” a statement from Mongolian identity said.
“Subsequent social media reactions have shown that many did not know why this use of the word Mongolia was unpleasant and considered it simply interchangeable with’idiot’.
“There was little recognition that using this term as an insult was racist and discriminatory.”
“When Max Verstappen commented, it turned out that many people on social media said,” Mongolia is in the dictionary, which means stupid or Down Syndrome. “
“Mongolian Identity aims to work with dictionary publishers to ensure that the definitions provided are clear and complete.”
Although one of the official names of the country of Mongolia, the word Mongolia has historically been used to identify people of Mongolian heritage.
Following John Langdon Down’s first explanation of Down Syndrome, he first published a treatise entitled “Observation of the Ethnic Classification of Fools” and later the term “Mongoloidism” for those affected. Was created.
This is based on his observation that people with Down Syndrome have similar characteristics to those of East Asian ethnic groups – long before the real cause was identified as extra chromosome 21.
The theory of Down’s syndrome has since lost credibility and is now considered very aggressive. Down later withdrew that theory, but the term “Mongoloidism” continued to be used by the World Health Organization until 1965.
However, the word Mongolia continues to be used and is misused as a derogatory term.
Author Uuganaa Ramsay, director of Mongolian identity, requested a dictionary to remove references to the use of “Mongolia” as a derogatory term.
“We want publishers to consider what they put into their definition,” Ramsey said.
“For example, if the dictionary is for language learners, is it necessary to include a reference to Down Syndrome in the Mongolian definition because it is archaic, or is it stupid because it is racist, competent and offensive? Should I include a reference to? “
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