7 Reasons Why Referring To People Of Color As "Minorities" Is Racist
The steady refusal by white Americans to acknowledge this country's current and impending shifts in racial composition by constantly referring to people of color as "minorities" leaves me no choice but to conclude that this practice is, well, racist. Here are seven reasons why.
On a daily basis communities of color must navigate the labeling, negotiation, and definition of various racial, ethnic, and national identities. All of this is complex. One might identify as Black, African American, or Afro Caribbean; one might identify as all three. Asian Americans comprise Southeast Asians, East Asians, South Asians and Pacific Islanders. And there are the broad stroke labels of Latino, Hispanic, Native American, and Arab American, each carrying significant political and social meaning.
The lack of uniformity has even compelled white people to weigh in. In case you were wondering, whites show a strong preference for "African-American" over "Black" and assign the requisite negative stereotypes, characteristics and biases to Blackness.
In the context of our really-far-from-ever-being-post-racial society, however, one name people of color seldom call themselves is "minorities" – yet this stamp is the hardest to rub off. The steady refusal by white Americans to acknowledge this country's current and impending shifts in racial composition leaves me no choice but to conclude that referring to people of color as "minorities" is, well, racist. Here are seven reasons why.