Marcus Roberts is an actor who is based in London. This is how he feels about growing mixed race.
Being mixed race can be both a blessing and a curse. Growing up, I never felt that I had one cultural identity. Most people are from either one race or another. White people never question their whiteness or black people their blackness. But as a young mixed race person you don't know whether your more white or black and to which race you truly belong. White people would classify you as black and black people would see you as light skin, still not one of their own. It's like being caught between two worlds, wondering in the wilderness.
The unity of our upbringing by parents of different ethnicity is a special thing which gives us empathy and insight into both sides of the coin. Makes us blind to the differences that many others may see, knowing that if one of our parents are black and the other white then there isn't any separation between us and the rest of humanity. We are all one human race at the end of the day, the colour of our skin being just a small variation out of the many that make us interesting. We are really the bridge between two worlds, by our births we merge them into one just by being ourselves.
English people know a lot of their history and celebrate their cultural identity in lots of ways. Having events and gatherings where they do traditional things as a group. The same for Welsh, Irish and Scottish people. Beautiful occasions where their culture joins them together to remember where they come from. Especially those of them that are away from their homeland, these occasions help them to feel a connection to their roots and their ancestry. As a person of mixed race, we don't really have a firm sense of our roots. No yearly celebration exists where we gather as one and celebrate where we come from.
It is especially hard for young mixed race children growing up to find stability and a sense of where they belong. To have that to deal with as well as all the other pressures that all children face is a challenge that makes us as strong as we are. We haven't had others like us before really in the public eye who we could relate to and look up to. We now have shining examples of others of mixed race parentage in the Spotlight who are excelling in all fields. For example Tiger Woods, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Jessica Ennis. People in Music, Sport, a Olympic Star amd Professional Golfer, a Grammy winner. This is a great thing as our future generations can look up to them as role models for them to aspire to. People that lead a good life and by their example encourages us that we too can aim high and be the best that we can be.
The times are changing and it is becoming more and more common for people to be of mixed parentage. Before when my mum was with my dad in the 1980's they used to get lots of racial abuse for being a interracial couple. People would spit after my mum in the street as she was pushing me in the buggy. And men would try to fight my dad saying he should stay away from their women. Now it is a everyday occurrence for different races to marry, the stigma attached to it is a thing of the past. Soon the world would have more mixed race people than people of one ethnic decent. That is the future, where we are heading with the crossing of borders and unifying of continents. Our time is now, the things that separated us before are no longer holding us back, it's a new world out there, time to step up to the mark and say I'm here, I'm mixed race and proud. I belong to the world and treat everyone as my equal regardless of race. One world, one love, Mixed Race.