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Posted by Omar 02 March 2011 : BME , racism , human rights ,

I’ve been thinking about many of the issues that arose out of the UN’s Third Forum on Minority Issues. One question that I keep returning to is why the term ‘minorities’?

In the UK, we’re familiar with the idea that ‘ethnic minorities’ experience a range of disadvantages, and that similar phenomena occur across Europe and in North America. However, one of the examples the conference highlighted – black South African people – made me think twice about whether being a minority is really what we or other organisations fighting discrimination and disadvantage should focus on.