Being mixed race in 2009…

2 09 2009


ONE in 10 children in the UK now lives in a mixed race family I recently read in Lucinda Platt’s study. She is the author of the report and an academic at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Essex University.

This for me, as I come from a mixed heritage family myself raises future hopes of a non-racist Britain.

The mixed race group is the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the UK and is expected to become the largest within 25 years.

Britain has one of the highest rates of interracial relationships in the western world. With 50 per cent of all children classed as black having a white mum or dad.

If the government statistics are right, British mixed race people will overtake Indian people to become the UK’s largest ethnic minority group within 25 years.

It is easy to celebrate the study’s findings, but there is still much to be fought for equal opportunities.

I have been bought up in Stoke-on-Trent and although mixed race is fast becoming the most accepted way to describe someone with a mixed racial background, the term ‘half-caste’ is still very much in use even by some mixed race people themselves.

So, does there need to be more discussion about the way mixed race people are described? With the increase of mixed race kids will education reflect this change?

I’ve been talking to young people who live in Stoke-on-Trent  and their experiences of being from mixed backgrounds.

Criminologist Dr William Dixon who has done studies on race and harassment‘ in Stoke-on-Trent talks about the word half-caste‘ and Professor Ken Jones who has worked at the Institute of Education in London and taught at numerous schools discusses the problems mixed race kids are facing..

What are your views, experiences of being mixed race? Your views are welcomed.


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