& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Forum: Day 3, Participation
Posted on: 06/09/2007 01:04:00
Posted by: Hamish
In our links section and in today's papers we can see a growing number of organisations run by and for 'mixed' individuals and couples. What have their lessons and experiences be? Can 'mainstream' organisations offer similar support too?

Posted on: 06/09/2007 08:45:00
Posted by: Jasvinder
Those who usually have some link to being mixed or involved in mixed families/relationships should be at the forefront,as evident on the people who speak at this 3 day conference.Its about being informed ,but lets not make the mistake of community organisations where only sikhs meet the needs of sikhs,or caribbean projects only look at the needs of black caribeans.After all mixedness is the very thing we are wanted to promote,to break down the segregaion that already exists.

Posted on: 06/09/2007 15:07:00
Posted by: Veli
The challenge is to bring the existing organisations into the 'mainstream,' rather than relying on 'mainstream' organisations to offer support. After all, is it not the 'mainstream' organisations, whoever they are, who are the ones keeping issues surrounding mixedness out of the public consciousness? Eve Ahmed's experience, which she relates in other threads, regarding her attempts to get her book off the ground is evidence in itself.

Posted on: 06/09/2007 18:18:00
Posted by: Sharon Walker
Do you mean that it's the role of the mouse i.e. existing organisations to challenge the elephant i.e. mainstream? Shouldn't the emphasis be upon challenging the elephant to change it's perspectives such that the mouse doesn't have to challenge and push against it? Or do you feel that the mouse's challenge is the key to change (i.e. it has to come from bottom up?)

Posted on: 06/09/2007 18:13:00
Posted by: Sharon Walker
I completely agree with that. I think, as if often the case with some caribbean communities (although they are meeting together with very good reasons of supporting each other), the result of meeting together breeds a very insular outlook to other groups and society as a whole. In these circumstances it can be argued that difference from the majority (often categorised as 'white') can become emphasised rather than challenged.

Posted on: 06/09/2007 15:29:00
Posted by: Jessica
I’m not sure if mainstream organizations can offer the same kind of support that the mixed specific organizations do because they promote one conception of family (nuclear, white, middle class). One of the reasons organizations like PiH and Intermix have emerged is precisely because the lack of awareness of mixed people and families and resources for mixed people and families. However, I believe that mainstream services should be held responsible for catering to all people/families regardless of faith/ethnicity/sexual orientation/ability—mixed or mono. Equally, for mixed community organizations to start representing the ‘mixed community’ they should include all ethnic or faith mixes. I get the sense that the discussion/debate on mixedness is heavily based on mixed white/black identities, which not all mixed people can identify with.