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minorities noun

the smaller in number of two groups constituting a whole

Issues

Minorities is not always accurate. As it deals with numbers, often the insinuation of racial minorities is inaccurate, as communities of colour often outnumber white communities.

Impact

By repeatedly referring to groups as "minorities," they are being infantised and made to feel minor.

Alt Words

minoritised, or omit

Better Alternate

minoritised adj

groups resulting from social constructs have grant less power or representation compared to other members or groups in society

Benefits

Minoritised places the emphasis on the power struggle, and on the systemic issues at play. It's also an adjective, which requires you to add "group" or "people" so it's people-first language

Impact

It removes the pejorative nature of "minorities".

Alt Words

minorities, or omit

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English as second language (ESL) noun

the teaching of English to people who speak a different language and who live in a country where English is the main language spoken

Issues

Monolinguist, English-only speakers often refer to people who don't speak English natively as "ESL" or say they are learning a "second language". More often than not, this is not true, as many people are multi-lingual with 3 or more languages

Impact

It makes false assumptions about English learners, centres English as the "default" or "expected" first language, ignoring that many people learn multiple (>3), non-English languages first.

Alt Words

English as learning-language (ELL), or non-native, or omit (because do you really know, for sure?)

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women and people of colour noun

often used as a phrase to encompass "non-white, non-men," seeking to provide solidarity for these two groups

Issues

What happens to women of colour? As a woman of colour, I am split between both women and people of colour.

Impact

As such, it elicits feelings of erasure for women of colour. It also neglects non-binary individuals.

Alt Words

people of colour and white women or people of colour, white non-binary people, and white women, find ways to reframe why this dynamic exists, or omit