Invitation to review: Colour-branding of pupils, peoples and their races (as is common place in United Kingdom society).

5 November 2012


  1. I seek to promote (albeit via this embryonic start), discussion and review of the two-colour colour-branding of some peoples and their race. Such discussion will be able also to help clarify inconsistent mixed-terms/phrases intended to indicate:
  1. a person's race (which is inalienable); and separately,
  2. a person's birth nationality or domiciliary nationality/citizenship (which may be varied according to applicable laws).
  1. To these ends I will be pleased to have an opportunity to share views with others in the hope of stimulating wider discussion. In the process, lay and studied weight can be added to help explore (and hopefully) put the arguments - without fear or favour.

Background - Contemporary and historical (lay) points

  1. In UK generally as in schools in England, there abounds race-descriptive/classifying phrases/terms as: 'Black and Minority ethnic communities'; 'African Caribbean and Asian communities'; 'black community'; 'white community', 'black, white, Asian and Chinese people'; 'black British'; 'white British'; 'British Asian'; 'black African'; 'white African'; 'black history'; notably NO 'white history'.
  2. Reasonable, relevant recall of history will endorse a view that colour-branding people was one vein of barbarous race apartheid ingrained and enforced martially when 16th-century west-European regimes launched global colonising invasions to bolster ailing west-European economies. The invasions and global racist barbarisms that were to follow, were perpetrated by the regimes of England and Wales, France, Holland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain.
  3. Present-day official national languages, people-names, and place-names of former and continuing west-European colonies affirm the foregoing observations. These outcomes underline undoubted emasculation of indigenous peoples of those colonies in the process of martial occupation and gun-point oppression.
  4. Country names as - Australia, 'Ceylon', 'Trinidad', United States of America, Brazil.
  5. Place names and landmarks as - 'Calcutta' in India, 'London Derry' in Ireland, Spanish Town in Jamaica, Nova Scotia and Quebec in Canada; New York in the USA, Victoria in Australia; Victoria Waterfalls in Zambia.
  6. People family names as - Roberts, Bolt, Taylor, de Verteuil may be Africans race but none of the names are borne of indigenous African language/cultural root.
  7. There were hubristic claims as to lands discovered around the world, albeit that the lands already domiciled. Barbarous felony was thus compounded by re-naming the so-called 'discovered' regions and localities, and, capped by politicised dehumanising of indigenous peoples by various branding of peoples variously by way of skin-colour and other shackles.
  8. Dehumanising, racist race-branding of indigenous peoples in European colonies, included denigrating addresses as: 'reds-skins and savages in the Americas'; 'blacks, coloureds, savages, aborigines in Africa, Arabia, south Asia, and Pacific region', 'yellows in esat Asia'. The dehumanising and denigration were practice and culture led from the hisghest levels of European-UK society, with political and regal sanction. As affirmed in a recent BBC radio documentary serial, during an Asia trip Clementine Churchill (nee Hozier) (1885-1977), wrote matter of fact of "savages", in a personal letter to Winston Churchill. Apartheid in Africa was warranted by royal assent - two latterly examples being the British Royal Charter of 1889, and the British Land Apportionment Act of 1930.
  9. Extinction of indigenous languages is evidence by the fact that fifty-two of fifty-five 'sovereign' countries of Africa, present a European language as their official national language and so the primary language in law, education and professions are conducted principally in a foreign language. The same is also true of European colonies in the Americas and Caribbean region and the same in Australasia..
  10. Emasculation of Africans by European barbarisms was completed and made enduring, by African martyrs of the 16th and 17th centuries, who fought nobly  against dehumanising enslavement and apartheid, have been excluded records of valor in Britain' and other European nation' histories. Such Euro-xenophobic extends into UK education which offers studentd (in my opinion) a shameless shamefull entity branded 'black history' - there is not in laws of England and Wales, a legal definition of a  black . Britain's shame and absence of remorse and restitution is paralleled in the histories of France, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain to comprise a pan-Europe ingraining of race abuse aginst Africans..

Critical Questions

  1. These various mixed-terms indicated above have in part been written into UK governance but while or before using them, one could, (perhaps should), ask -
  1. What do the terms mean?
  2. What do the terms stand for?
  3. Are there only two races?
  4. Whom do these inconsistent terms serve?
  5. Is disservice suffered by the multiple terms?
  1. Putting and answering these questions is clearly crucial where they are being addressed to and in regard to our young children in their formative years.

Sample of one (of many) derived moot-points:

  1. Broadly speaking, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean region, are Asians - which is a reasonable (lay) conclusion based on two points of fact -
  1. the features of the people, and
  2. the Bering/Behring Strait was formerly a land-mass linking Asia with the Americas.
  1. The Caribbean region then came under European military occupation and some time later Africans were coerced and barbarously enslaved there. Although often so implied, it seems an irrefutable point that 'Caribbean people' is not synonymous with 'African people'. Rather the fact is that the regions population is substantially African. Thus, 'African Caribbean' may well reflect a culture but not a race.

Hubert Taylor


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