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UK Government to 'ban using the term BAME' months after the BLM protests


Scrapping the acronym – standing for black, Asian and minority ethnic – is claimed to be a key proposal in a report to be published this week.

Public bodies and companies will therefore no longer be able to use the term, reports Wales Online.

The report, by Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, is said to state the term has become “unhelpful and redundant”.

Daily Telegraph says the document also highlights the acronym potentially masks the lived experiences of individual groups.

It reports concerns that, after increasing the number of BAME staff companies hire, firms then feel there is no need to tackle other systemic racial problems, inadvertently curbing progress.

A source familiar with the report told the publication: “The commission has taken evidence from across the UK, examining the data to create a rigorous fact-based report on what is often a highly charged debate. It was important for commissioners to produce findings based on data and evidence to try to take down the temperature on this issue and have a debate based on facts, not driven by ideology.”

The Prime Minister announced the commission in June in response to the wave of Black Lives Matter protests.

Speaking last summer, Mr Johnson said: “It is no use just saying that we have made huge progress in tackling racism. There is much more that we need to do; and we will. We need to tackle the substance of the problem, not the symbols.”

Dr Tony Sewell was later appointed chairman of the commission, a choice attracting criticism as the charity leader previously said evidence of the existence of institutional racism was “flimsy”.


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