"The United Confederation of Taino People condemns the portrayal of Caribbean Indigenous Peoples as savage cannibals in the recent film Walt Disney Film "Pirates of the Caribbean - Deadman's Chest". We call on the international community and UNESCO to condemn this racist portrayal as this form of stereotyping continues to negatively impact Caribbean Indigenous Communities today. We call upon this Commission to begin a study and report on the labeling and racial stereotyping of indigenous peoples around the world. This report should include not only media images, but the use of indigenous peoples as mascots for sports teams, the use of indigenous images & symbols as brands for advertising, and other areas which can be submitted at a later date after more consultation with indigenous representatives."
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