UN accused of ‘racism’ removes survey asking staff if they’re Yellow

The United Nations (UN) has been accused by its staff putting allegations of racism. After a survey in which questions include asking the staff about their identity and how they identify themselves. On which, most probable answer was found to be ‘Yellow’.

‘UN Survey on Racism’ has been circulated to thousands of staff on Wednesday. An email linking the survey mentioned it was being carried out as part of UN Secretary-General Antonio.

“campaign to eradicate racism and promote dignity” popularised by UN secretary Antonio Guterres.

Question on how staff identifies themselves itself is a reflection of a historic Western racist view of Asians. Staffs told Reuters listing ‘yellow’ as an option. The majority categories offered were black, brown, white, mixed/multi-racial in the survey.

One UN staff told Reuters, “The first question is insane, deeply offensive and hard to fathom how in an organization as diverse as the United Nations this question was approved for release in a system-wide survey”.

UN spokesperson said, “The survey would be “taken off-line and revised appropriately taking into account the legitimate concerns”.

Erica Foldy, an associate professor at New York University said the use of the term was not acceptable.

“The term ‘yellow’ to refer to people of Asian descent is a slur. Using it in a survey is awful and provokes racism.

It is important to remember that language related to race is complex and always in flux,” she mentioned.

UN Organizations and other companies have been under increasing pressure to address racism in the wake of global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black American who died in May after a white police officer knelt on his neck.