Colour coded: Be careful with your labels, says Dilip Varma

‘My faith and belonging to the Society of Friends needs no further subdivision by others.’

'To be clear, I will never identify myself as a "Friend of colour".' | Photo: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.

Since the death of George Floyd, Friends in the UK and elsewhere have been considering where we stand in relation to racial equality. In my own Meeting and elsewhere I have seen or heard reference to ‘white Friends’ and ‘Friends of Colour’. No reference to ‘black Friends’ – presumably they are ‘Friends of colour’ either in isolation or together with other non-white Friends. Some of us, no doubt with good intention, have simply imported the North American terminology.

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