Canada's use of the term "visible minorities" to identify people it considers susceptible to racial discrimination came under fire at the United Nations yesterday --for being racist.
In a report on Ottawa's efforts to eliminate racial discrimination in Canada, the world body's anti-racism watchdog said the words might contravene an international treaty aimed at combatting racism.
Members of the Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination also questioned other terms used by the federal government, among them "ethnocultural communities."[...]
"The committee is concerned that the use of the term may not be in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Convention," the report says.
It adds that Canada should "reflect further on the implications of the use of the term," but offers no suggestions about what words would be acceptable.