|Shades of Grey|
When I posted a man's account of his mixed race relationship in April, the interest surprised me. Was this because he is white British and she is black Ugandan? His story Shades of Grey received a record numbers of page views on this blog. Would the interest have been the same if he was black and she was white I wondered?
Over in the USA a seemingly harmless cereal advert by Cheerios sparked such fury that the Cheerios’ YouTube channel was forced to disable its comments section. Why? Because the mother is white, the father is black, and the girl was acting as their mixed race child. Seattle Times. In response to this I am heartened by the majority who have been outraged and that Cheerios continued to stand by the advert. People in mixed race relationships in USA have joined together and created a new website to celebrate mixed relationships. wearethe15percent.com represents the number of new mixed race marriages in US in 2010.
It seems that objections to mixed race relationships are not particular to any race. As I write, the police are hunting for the assailant of a black woman and her mixed race toddler at Highams Park Station earlier in the week. BBC News.
Whilst the search for this assailant is underway the breaking news yesterday was that a 7 year old mixed race girl was racially abused by a group of National Front members when she accidentally walked into a community hall in Merseyside BBC News.
The increasing numbers of global mixed race relationship indicates that racial boundaries are being eroded and this is a good sign. More however, needs to be done to support mixed families and their children who are still experiencing adversity in a society which does not wholly accept their existence. Robert's daughter Trinity will grow up in a increasingly multiracial world where ones racial background or racial preference for a partner should not not raise eyebrows or trigger stares and glances, let alone racist chants and violent attacks.
Since writing this post, I have decided to start One in Ten, a UK portrayal of mixed race families. I am looking forward to posting your photo's.