Thursday, January 16, 2014

How is the New Statesman going to define "an ethnic minority background"

An unusual advertisement from the New Statesman:  http://www.newstatesman.com/2014/01/wellcome-trust-scholarship-new-statesman

"The New Statesman wants to help create a more diverse media, so we're hosting an eight-week paid placement for aspiring science writers from an ethnic minority background."

How is the New Statesman going to define "an ethnic minority background" and how are they going to check whether someone qualifies?

Will self-assertion be enough? (in which case they can presumably expect some mischief-makers to apply).

Is skin colour sufficient? (which will no doubt lead to considerations of how black is "black").

Are community leaders expected to endorse whether an applicant is a Muslim, or Hindu, or Jedi?

This scheme does seem to be attempting in miniature all the contradictions and absurdities of the pass-law requirements of apartheid South Africa.

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