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Means black and minority ethnic and is a description that has become increasingly common in the UK in recent years instead of ethnic minority. Critics argue that this term tends to give the impression that black employees are not in a statistical minority—and whilst this might specifically be the case in some organizations, in most cases it is not true, hence the term can be misleading. A variation is BAME: black, Asian, and minority ethnic—a term which is preferred by some commentators and organizations because it acknowledges a distinction between the categories of ‘black’ and ‘Asian’. [See Asian, black British, ethnic group, and workers of colour.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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