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Minority group

Minority group is a term referring to a category of people differentiated from the social majority, i.e., those who hold the majority of positions of social power in a society, and may be defined by law. Rather than a relational " social group", as the term would indicate, "minority group" refers to the above-described. The differentiation can be based on one or more observable human characteristics, including: ethnicity, race, religion, caste, gender, wealth, health or sexual orientation. Usage of the term is applied to various situations and civilizations within history, despite its popular mis-association with a numerical, statistical minority. In the social sciences, the term "minority" is used to refer to categories of persons who hold fewer positions of social power.

The term "minority group" often occurs alongside a discourse of civil rights and collective rights which gained prominence in the 20th century. Members of minority groups are prone to different treatment in the countries and societies in which they live. This discrimination may be directly based on an individual's perceived membership of a minority group, without consideration of that individual's personal achievement. It may also occur indirectly, due to social structures that are not equally accessible to all. Activists campaigning on a range of issues may use the language of minority rights, including student rights, consumer rights, and animal rights.

Usage examples of "minority group".

Rhyme nodded to Deng, who told him about the killers and their suspicion that the men were from a Chinese ethnic minority group.

Every minority group had some people who didn't want to go, and I guess the difference between some and all isn't that great to a lawyer.

Perhaps the entire remaining gene pool of some nearly extinct mountain dwelling minority group.

The Kurds had an extremely hostile relationship with the Turkish government, which historically did not recognize the large minority group or its language.

I predict the day is coming when the Reverend Jesse Hijackson or some such subversive minority group will insist it's time to change the White House to the Multi-Culty House.

Both are pawns of the Illuminati scheme to destroy private property and make everybody a slave of the State, so the International Bankers of a certain minority group can run everything.

And just think, you'll be winning civil rights for a whole new minority group –.

At night, when the commuters had all fled their offices for the suburbs, the island had been forty-five percent black, with another twenty-odd percent composed of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Chinese and other non-whites, leaving Caucasians a minority group.

There are odds against Aframs, but there are odds against women too, and they're a bigger minority group than we are!