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Canada should reconsider using the term "visible minorities" to define people facing discrimination, a United Nations anti-racism watchdog reports, suggesting the phrase itself is discriminatory.
Among those is the use of the term "visible minorities," which the committee says "may not be in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Convention."
The convention is the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which says distinction based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin is discriminatory.
It calls on Canada to "reflect further" on the use of the term visible minorities.
Basically, the committee called Canada out on its use of the term "visible minorities" as an official government classification. It also mentioned inferior treatment of First Nations citizens and police agression towards Blacks.
Now, I found the language point to be very interesting. I have grown up with the term "visible minority" in common usage, and I never really batted an eye at it. I also never thought that it really applied to me, even though I suppose it technically does. However, now that I think about it, it is kind of...racist. As in, it singles out "them peoples what look different" from the Europeans.
Anyways, what are your thoughts on this, or language like this in general? Do the classifications the government gives us have any meaningful effect? Does it affect our perceptions of each other, or does it reflect perceptions already in place? Is it all just a big Stephen Harper conspiracy?