chapter  9
Promoting race equality through normalisation: Peter Ferns
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Normalisation has recently been established as an important set of guiding principles in shaping human services in this country. However, the principles have been implemented and interpreted in many different ways and, as other chapters demonstrate, the principles have sometimes been misused, abused and subverted to fashion a humane mask for oppressive services. This chapter will explore how normalisation can be more effective in improving the lives of Black people with disabilities in an inherently racist society. The term 'Black' is used here in the political sense in that it is applicable to all people from ethnic backgrounds where the majority of people in their ethnic group have a different skin colour from 'white' people. 'Black' refers to people who have a common experience of white racism and is intended to confrrm political solidarity between people on this basis.