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31 08 2009

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31 08 2009
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10 09 2009
A. nonymous

For me there are two ways of looking at it. My personal view is that a human is a human, not really bothered about the shade of skin. Although I do realize there is another perspective in society which I don’t emphasize with so cant really comment, but you could say that where being “half caste” differs to other races is that it’s not a specific race as say being Afro-Caribbean so there is no definite, specific culture to find security in, to fit into the “society”, which I think is what most people try to look for or to be a part of to feel secure in the world.

14 09 2009
Francesca Taylor

Mixed children are everywhere. You can see them being swung in the park between their differently-coloured parents, brown-skinned babies and frizzy-haired siblings shopping with their black and white grandmothers. So, why are we stil using the term ‘half-caste’. Its disguisting. NOT TO mention racist. THERE IS ONLY ONE RACE AND THAT IS THE HUMAN RACE!!!!!

14 09 2009

Not all mixed people face the same issues. You always hear the word half caste, but i’m confident in my own mix of heritages. People are ingnorant. but look, Barack Obama is now the president. point made.

14 09 2009

The fact that people are increasingly falling in love, or simply in lust, and having children across a so-called racial divide is an inconvenient truth that challenges the government’s notion of neat “communities” of black, white or Asian people.

20 10 2009

I, as a person commonly termed, ‘mixed-race’, am a living, fully human challenge to the concept of race. I personally feel the tensions that Britain as a country is facing at present.

‘It does seem that one common feature amongst those defined in terms of mixed-race is an ability to demonstrate the ineptitude of race as a means of dividing up the population’ (Jill Olumide, ‘Time To Tick The Right Box’)

‘Richard Wright once wrote that black and white Americans were engaged in a war over the nature of reality. Their descriptions were incompatible. So it is clear that redescribing a world is the necessary first step towards changing it.’ (Salman Rushdie, ‘Imaginary Homelands’)

20 10 2009

1. I think I am still dealing with the paradox of needing to accept that I am perceived as different whilst wanting to challenge the preconceptions that inform such a perception.

2. I think ‘race’ remains a taboo in Britain today. Everyday it is discussed in the media, yet people are often terrified to talk openly about it. I believe this stems from the definition of racism as: ‘A belief in the superiority of a particular race; prejudice based on this.’ (OED). This is commonly held to be a bad thing. It is the ideology of Hitler, who is commonly regarded as the personification of evil.

Little wonder then that many human beings are desperate to avoid being labelled ‘racist’ or even entering into a conversation which may result in other people accusing them of holding racist beliefs. But recognising the reality of ‘race’ as a myth – an all encompassing belief that informs our daily beliefs and actions – can help us towards a more accurate description of racism as: ‘A belief that the human race can be divided into further races.’ Stated so directly, this definition challenges our present way of thinking. It leads us to conclude that:

We are all racist – to differing extents. That the term ‘race’ is itself ‘racist’. That arguing over the quality of races is futile, as the belief in the existence of races was and remains a man-made system of division, and such division has led and continues to lead to inequality. (We may note that ‘apartheid’ literally translates to apart-hood. The term itself does not refer to superiority. However we have all seen the reality.)

I think we need to re-describe the struggle against racism as a struggle against the erroneous belief in race. This may reduce the stigma attached to ‘race’ that leads to many well-meaning people being scared of being labelled racist.

With reference to my proposed definition, I believe that there is a difference between a racist and a racist bigot. If a human being believes that in accusing them of being racist you are likening them to Hitler, their response will be to defend themselves. Whilst they concentrate their energies on defending themselves, they will not be open to a change of opinion.

I, as a person commonly termed, ‘mixed-race’, am a living, fully human challenge to the concept of race. I personally feel the tensions that Britain as a country is facing at present.

Just like Britain, I have ancestors who have benefited from the divisive concept of race and ancestors who have suffered from it. Just like Britain, these different histories now inhabit the same space. Just as I was born in Britain with a widespread family history, so Britain as a nation, has a history spanning the globe. So to confine British History to events which occurred on these shores (as the National Curriculum would have us do) is to remain in denial about vital aspects of British History and in turn contemporary British Identity.

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