Research on ethnic identity by the Scottish Executive is going on now. For correct reflection in the next census statistics and ethnic classifications, the stand of the African women’s group Aberdeen (AWGA) on the issue of Race Re-classification are given below.
Currently, Africans are classified as Black African in government, voluntary and private sector documents. The African community should have complete say in their choice of ethnic classification in this exercise.
The reasons the AWGA propose for re-classification are:
2. The current classification criterion is flawed as shown by underlining criterion of colour rather than ethnicity, continent, region or language.
4. “Black people” are found, not only in Africa but also in Asia, Americas, and Australia, therefore, Black does not give a sense of identity or a point of reference i.e. where we come from. It is amorphous, therefore we reject it. We know where we come from. And why should any government insist on colour-coding Africans?
8. Africa is a continent of 0.6 billion people with sheds of the colour of skin (world statistics)
Africans are the best people to decide what name people should call them, nobody else has that right to impose a name on them.
Your Ethnic Identity
Currently, Africans are classified as Black African in the government, voluntary and private documents.
How would you like to be classified? Please tick one of the boxes as your choice or closest to your choice of classification.