It follows similar moves from the BBC and other broadcasters in December last year, prompted by a report from the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity which found the umbrella term had been “used to hide failings in the representation of specific ethnic groups”.
But while the term clearly homogenises a vast and disparate number of people, questions remain: is it still useful in certain situations, when and how should the UK media refer to people’s race and ethnicity, and are diversity initiatives still necessary?
Five young creatives from digital platform Freestyle Bristol have grappled with these points at a roundtable discussion on race, language and labels, facilitated by Cable presenter Priyanka Raval.
Does the term ‘BAME’ still serve a purpose?
In another video below, Priyanka speaks to Delroy Hibbert, who runs Freestyle Bristol, on the contradictions of the problematic term which – while often insulting – is still useful for organisations like his to apply for funding.
These videos are a co-production by Freestyle Bristol and the Bristol Cable. They were shot by young creative Omar Powell.
How starting an arts festival helped me find community in Bristol
Grassroots groups have birthed a movement that celebrates and represents people from East and South East Asian communities. It has unleashed a ‘warm, communitarian energy’, writes the co-founder of MOON FEST, which takes place this weekend at the Trinity Centre.
We’re working to diversify the Cable team. Let’s start with our freelancer base
The Cable exists to challenge the structure of the media, but we are not representative enough of our city. Here’s what we’re doing to change things.
‘I am the only artist I know with this niche’: the platform supporting Bristol’s Asian creatives
WOW Asia is celebrating the work of Asian creatives in the city. The Cable went to their first fair to speak to the organisers and the artists involved.
Julz Davis: checking in on Martin Luther King’s dream
Campaigner Julz Davis speaks to the Cable about his Race for Power project to improve racial equity in Bristol, the UK's seventh most unequal city.
‘Ordinary people do extraordinary things’: exploring Caribbean history with director Tony T
Turning Point, a video installation showing at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, uses personal stories to paint an immersive picture of Caribbean life during a pivotal period in the early 20th century.
‘We had to fight so hard to get here’, says aunt of boy struck with paddle as attacker convicted
Police have apologised to 12-year-old Antwon Forrest and his family, who say the force’s initial poor response was because of the boy's race.