Why do we still use the word ‘minority’?

3 Aug 2023

Although this article from ASCB (an international forum for cell biology) focuses on the use of the word "minorities" in the biomedical fields, the message applies across all industries. Why do we still use the word "minority" when according to the Pew Research Center, by 2055, the United States “will have no racial or ethnic majority group” ?

The author reflects on the word's usage and impacts within the biomedical community and notes "the worst thing about the word “minority” is that it implies oppression and discrimination, and if too often utilized, will continue to minimize excluded peoples and promote structural racism".

Read on to learn how her organization is working to remove the term from their working lexicon.