Labels: BME or BAME?

One of the issues that divides communities of colour is how an individual identifies with a label.  For some it's offensive to be recognised as a sub-group of the UK ... and understandably so.  In a Utopian world, the need for such classifications wouldn't exist.  However, we live in the real world and these labels serve a purpose.  The labels can help us to identify, through statistical monitoring, what our communities are experiencing in every aspect of our lives - particularly in Government run services.  As activists, we can use those statistics to help certain departments improve their services or help them to make their services more accessible to certain communities.



BME stands for Black and Minority Ethnic.  It's a phrase that came into being in the 1970s.  All of us without white skin were included in that banner.  In 2019 the term BAME started being used by the government - Black Asian Minority Ethnic.  Not only does the phrase now include the Asian communities ... it is also being used to encompass 'White' communities from other parts of the world that are suffering racism at the hands of 'White British' people.

If we're truly Anti-Racism activists, we should be looking after everyone that is subjected to racism...and we need to provide unity and protection without any perceived exclusion.  I respectfully ask all groups involved in anti-racism initiatives to use the term BAME.  The term BME is no longer current or sufficient. 

Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu


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