This post is meant to forward you to a thought-piece by the same title by Dr. Tiffani Williams on “Communications of the ACM Blog.”
Dr. Williams’ reasons why URM is considered harmful, racist language:
- URM is racist language because it denies groups the right to name themselves.
- URM is racist language because it blinds us to the differences in circumstances of members in the group.
- URM is racist language because it implies a master-slave relationship between overrepresented majorities and underrepresented minorities.
In her article, she provides history and recommendations.