On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about the term BAME and the ways in which people may self-identify, and how language needs to change.
I decided to talk about this as this has become a topic many people want to engage with and talk about in my online training sessions about race and race equality.
Listen to the episode
In today’s show, I talk about:
- When you first became aware of your race [1.00]
- Why we need to talk about race in our everyday lives [01:30]
- The language of race and terminology. [02:09]
- What BAME stands for and why some people reject the term. [05:10]
- Why I’m now at the point where I think we shouldn’t use the term BAME anymore. [10:24]
Resources to decide whether to BAME or not to BAME
- #BAMEOver Inc Arts
- Amanda Parker
- Dr Diana Yeh
- Miss Jacqui
- Lucy Sheen
- Sheldon Thomas
- ‘Don’t call me BAME’: Why some people are rejecting the term
- Chances are if you’re from a white majority background, and you’re in the UK, you may not feel very comfortable talking about your race.
- We all need to talk about race without fear that we’re going to get it totally wrong.
- I also realise that language is fluid, and we won’t always get it right, or terms that we’re used to, might not be appropriate anymore.
- Framing your language can be really helpful, particularly if you’re not from a global majority of the community of colour.
- Nobody wants to be reduced to an acronym, especially an acronym that is inaccurate.
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