Mis­use of ‘eth­nic’

The West Australian - - AGENDA -

The West Aus­tralian pub­lished an ex­cel­lent let­ter by the African writer of Delu­sions of eth­nic­ity (Let­ters, 9/11).

All Aus­tralians are “eth­nic” in that we all be­long to a par­tic­u­late race or cul­tural group. African peo­ple are just peo­ple in Africa.

It is only when they em­i­grate to a pre­dom­i­nantly white coun­try that they be­come “black peo­ple”.

“Eth­nic” should not be used as a di­vi­sive la­bel. We are all just peo­ple.

Anne Mar­tis, Dalkeith

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