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Boris Johnson: Don’t Call Me BAME… Black is OK.. Asian is OK – Sign the Petition!

The term ‘BAME’ is used to describe people from a Black, Asian or a ethnically diverse backgrounds – but WE dislike it. “What does BAME mean? People who are not of White British descent fall into the BAME collective of ethnic diverse groups in the UK. BAME stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. It is a term used to describe all ethnicities with the exception of White ethnic groups”.

So the question is why are Black and Asian, and any other non-white group boxed together under the acronym when we all MATTER. As http://www.alt-africa.com we are calling for the acronym to be dropped in the UK and we are going to start replacing the acronym throughout our website. It is lazy.

“It disguises the discrimination and disparities between the different ethnic groups” said Louise Broni-Mensah on the BBC recently. For example the Black and Asian experience is not the same this was shown recently by the killing of George Floyd. Using the acronym BAME also means companies, organisations, government do not have to invest individually into those ethnic groups or address the individual problems those communities have.

In 2019 Zamila Bunglawala, Deputy Head of Unit & Deputy Director Policy and Strategy, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office said; The acronym BAME and the initialism BME are, I feel, a good case in point. ‘BAME’ stands for ‘Black, Asian and minority ethnic’ and ‘BME’ stands for Black and Minority Ethnic’. The terms are widely used by government departments, public bodies, the media and others when referring to ethnic minority groups. Yet during research we carried out with nearly 300 people across the UK, we found that only a couple recognised the acronyms and only one knew vaguely what they actually stood for!

The terms are widely used by government departments, public bodies, the media and others when referring to ethnic minority groups. But not for White minority groups. As we aim to become a global Britain and grow trade relations referring to Black or Asian people as a minority only stands up if one is adopting narrow inward viewpoint. Travel to the African or Indian continent and the suggestion that the indigenous population is a minority, is risible. Now is the time to drop the acronyms the Black and Asian people and the” other ethnic groups” they describe do NOT want to be called BAME. So join us in the UK starts to erase the BAME acronym. Theatre leader Roy Alexander Weise said on his Twitter page “I am not BAME I am Black and sees it as “a lazy and offensive term”. Please support this campaign for positive change.

So the question is why are Black and Asian, and any other non-white group boxed together under the acronym when we all MATTER. As  www.alt-africa.com we are calling for the acronym to be dropped in the UK and we are going to start replacing the acronym throughout our website. It is lazy, and it promotes and highlights difference.

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