I want something for the sentence:
Being a minority is not a _____ of shame but a badge of honor.
Edit: I wanted the parallel between ____ and badge. See the accepted answer for details. Thanks to all who contributed!
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Being a minority does not confer a mantle of shame, but rather a badge of honor.
From Merriam-Webster linked above:
Definition of mantle
1] a : a loose sleeveless garment worn over other clothes : cloak
b : a figurative cloak symbolizing preeminence or authority of leadership>>
2] a : something that covers, enfolds, or envelops (see envelop 1)
Since minorities sometimes endeavor to hide their status (for example by changing their name to something that sounds less Hispanic, German or Jewish) 'mantle' may fit as both a figurative cloak and as a concealment. Examples would include Martin Sheen (Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez), Jack Benny (Benny Kubelsky), etc.
"A mark of shame" fits your sentence, but "A brand of shame" might be even better here.
Brand 3b (1) : a mark put on criminals with a hot iron (2) : a mark of disgrace : stigma (Merriam-Webster)
As suggested already, the suffix "of shame" qualifies badge itself as a fitting word.
The word symbol can replace badge.
Being a minority is not a symbol of shame but a badge of honor.
2 A thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.
‘In another essay, he presents the character as a symbol of the mental retardation of our society.’
If you are looking for a word implicitly meaning badge of shame, you may actually use the word shame itself.
Being a minority is not a shame but a badge of honor.
Also, disgrace may work in place of shame.
If you don't mind excising "of shame" in your sample sentence, the first thing that came to my mind was stain:
Your minority status is not an indelible stain on your character, but a badge of honor.
- a cause of reproach; stigma; blemish: a stain on one's reputation.