Officially Designated Permanently Oppressed Minorities

Frank Davis

My attention was recently drawn to this:

Penguin Random House UK … wants to find, mentor, and hopefully publish new writers from communities that are under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves – including writers from BAME and LGBTQ communities, and economically marginalised writers.

BAME means Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic. So what we have here is a major publisher seeking literary works from ethnic and sexual minorities, and nobody else.

It seems to me that BAME and LGBTQ have become more or less Officially Designated Permanently Oppressed Minorities (ODPOMs). They’re the only such minorities that ever get a hearing. Their representatives frequently appear in news or current affairs programmes. They’re what everybody thinks of when they hear of those sorts of oppressed minorities with whom people instinctively sympathise.

And, regardless of any legislation or positive discrimination, they always seem to be permanently oppressed. Life never gets any better for any…

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