Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Papers by keyword: 'personal perspectives'

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First person: Amanda Hussain

Amanda Hussain, Journalist and broadcaster)

Amanda Hussain

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Amanda Hussain, Journalist and broadcaster

Date posted

Monday 03 September 2007

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I'm a broadcaster and live in Winchester, Hampshire, with my husband Ian, a film publicist, and our five-year-old daughter, Lola. I'm used to describing myself as mixed race and yet a friend recently picked me upon it and argued that we should now be saying 'dual heritage' instead.

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It’s time for foundation

Sharron Hall, Intermix)

Sharron Hall

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Sharron Hall, Intermix

Date posted

Friday 24 August 2007

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As a working class mixed-race woman I do not see the mixed-race experience from an academic's view. Instead I live it, feel it, am hurt and comforted by it.

Ten years ago the term mixed-race wasn't even in general UK circulation, white mothers were being advised to tell their mixed-race children they were black and the idea of a mixed-race identity and history were dreams to people like me and nightmares to those who wanted to keep the races pure.

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A white woman’s experience of “mixing”

Gill Lawrence, writer)

Gill Lawrence

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Gill Lawrence, writer

Date posted

Wednesday 22 August 2007

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If you have grown up in a predominantly white community, suddenly experiencing racism when you have Black friends or lovers can be quite a shock.

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Health Employment Criminal justice

Enigmatic or enriched?

Tod O'Brien, )

Tod O'Brien

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Tod O'Brien,

Date posted

Monday 20 August 2007

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Personal experience of being a mixed heritage, British-born person. The paper emphasises the need for integration through the recruitment, retention and progression of Black and Minority Ethnic people into the policy making institutions of society to create an ethical and leveraging of diversity for the benefit of all.

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On being mixed race

Sir Keith Ajegbo, consultant)

Sir Keith Ajegbo

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Sir Keith Ajegbo, consultant

Date posted

Saturday 18 August 2007

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This is a personal reflection on being mixed race and what I see as the issues for mixed race children now. It is based on being a headteacher in inner London for many years and working with mixed race students. It is not based on researched evidence.

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Mixed Goals

Leon Mann,)

Leon Mann

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Leon Mann,

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

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A first person perspective on how football and the experiences of mixed race professional footballers offers an insight into the issues facing mixed race people in society.

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Black and White doesn't do the trick

Toby Laurent Belson, Artist and designer)

Toby Laurent Belson

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Toby Laurent Belson, Artist and designer

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

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Experience of growing up in a mixed West London community with the terms 'Black' and 'White'.

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A mixed-race experience

Bradley Lincoln, Multiple Heritage Project)

Bradley Lincoln

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Bradley Lincoln, Multiple Heritage Project

Date posted

Wednesday 15 August 2007

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I am 37 year-old man living in Manchester. A son, a brother an uncle and I love reggae music. I have worked in education for the past 15 years and currently manage the Multiple Heritage Project. Who I am is made up of lots of different things and shifts depending on the context and what questions I am being asked. Some things people find quirky about me, my liking for brown shoes is just one. My racial identity is also something of a talking-point to people. I self-identify as mixed race, not black. Not confused, not caught between cultures, not a marginal man. I am me. But getting to know me wasn't easy!

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Identity as relationship

Bob Macintosh, amateur philosopher and charity worker)

Bob Macintosh

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Bob Macintosh, amateur philosopher and charity worker

Date posted

Thursday 09 August 2007

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A personal reflection on being white in a mixed race family.

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Learning about racism

Sue Funge, founder of the Starlight Black Child Mixed Heritage group)

Sue Funge

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Sue Funge, founder of the Starlight Black Child Mixed Heritage group

Date posted

Monday 06 August 2007

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The personal journey of a white mum, Sue Funge, bringing up Rory, her black son of mixed heritage.

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Mixed Race Britain - Through My Eyes

Rory Campbell, twenty-three years old with a keen interest in black history)

Rory Campbell

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Rory Campbell, twenty-three years old with a keen interest in black history

Date posted

Monday 06 August 2007

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I am Rory Campbell. My mother is white and my father is black. I don't remember ever meeting my father and have been raised by my mother my whole life. I don't feel I have ever had a positive black role model but my mum always tried to make me aware of my black history and I feel that this helped me to form the belief that all people are equal and anyone who thinks otherwise is just wrong.

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First person: Eve Ahmed

Eve Ahmed, freelance journalist)

Eve Ahmed

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Eve Ahmed, freelance journalist

Date posted

Monday 30 July 2007

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When I was growing up, life was bleached white. At all three of my schools - infant's, primary and secondary - there were two or three lonely-looking African Caribbean and Asian girls, while everyone else was definitively pale-skinned. That's what south London was like during the 1970's and 80's. There was no-one else around like me. I was the sole 'beige' person, with a Pakistani dad and an English mum.

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