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"The Mongol in our Midst" (see related A | B | C | D | E)

Perhaps intentionally, this "Buddha" like image of a person with Down syndrome was selected with the intent to imply that "Mongol" people are less mentally gifted than the "white" or "Caucasian" ethnic populations. Mongoloid or "Mongol" sort of "idiocy", "retardation", etc. was a prevalent label in medical parlance until the last years of the 20th century. Currently, the prevalent "euphemism" is "trisomy 21" (wrong appellation unless the individual underwent chromosomal analyses proving such an association); Down syndrome (anglophilic label) or purpuraceous idiocy, or stupidity (once a popular label among francophiles).

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