The Labour MP David Lammy has been commended for calmly explaining to someone that his African-Caribbean heritage, and the fact he is black, does not stop him also being English.
The long-disputed acronym – which stands for Black, Asian and minority ethnic – “overshadows the fact people from different ethnic groups have varying life experiences and should not be grouped together in one umbrella term”, the commission is set to report.
“Thank God they’ve got there,” Mr Lammy told LBC. “I’ve said for ages that the term is lazy, it’s impersonal. I don’t like being described as jargon. I’m not jargon. I’m black, I’m English, I’m British and I’m proud.
“I want my identities recognised appropriately … I’m of African descent, African-Caribbean descent but I am English.”
But a caller to the show, Jean, took aim at the MP describing himself as English – appearing to suggest that the very fact Mr Lammy is black meant he could not make such a claim.
“You will never be English because you’re African-Caribbean … I can’t say I’m African-Caribbean,” she said.