The term ‘Black’

For many years, people who originated from the New Commonwealth Countries were classified generally as “coloured”. This term has never been a useful one, and is actually felt to be patronising. The term was created to benefit colonialists and divide those economically exploited and politically oppressed non-white people.

The word black is more than a linguistic convenience, it creates a positive unifying identity, as it forms a platform for organising and working together to challenge disadvantage and establish an anti-discriminatory strategy.

Therefore the term black is used to refer to people from these diverse groups and communities who are targeted and discriminated against, and who suffer inequality because of their race, colour, nationality, culture, religion or status. It therefore refers to people of African, Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese and South American origins, and any other person who is oppressed by the white community, for the above reasons.