Young People

I Am But A Mixed Raced Child

What do I know?
I am but a mixed raced child
They say I must be confused
Mustn't know who
I am
They say I have wild ideas
Believing I can be black and white
At the same time
Never, they say can it be both day and night
They call me coconut
Say that my skin is the colour of Jamaica's mud
But inside I am white
That I think I am better than them
With all of my airs and graces

How can I be both?
When one half of me
Enslaved the other
They say I don't know my history
That my mother land
Covered my father land in tears
They say I am but a tool
A pawn to weaken the blood of the race
Weakened features to change to face
Of my people
I am just another way to oppress them
Fight against it, they say
Stay true to your roots

What do I know?
This mixed raced child
I could teach many a thing or two
My heart beats a reggae rhythm
And my feet walk proudly on England's earth
Made from love despite
The past battles and fights
I see the best in both people
I feel pride for both countries
Because they combine in me
I am a complete person
I am not confused
I am not two halves that don't
Fit together
I am a mixed raced child
And I know who I am
Mix'd on-line site for young people

In our view Mix-d is not a homogenous group. By its very nature it is diverse, cutting across cultures, religions, regions, nationalities, histories and ethnicities. There is no such thing as a mix-d community in the geographical sense. The ties of culture, tradition, history and religion do not bind the mix-d population as a separate ethnic grouping. Quite the contrary - many of these things primarily bind mix-d people to other ethnic groups.

Article by a Young Reporter
In Britain, when looking back as early as the 1940’s, you would be able to see many people from various races. However, at the time, there were a lack of individuals that were bi-racial. In the United Kingdom, at that time, interracial marriages were frowned upon and often considered offensive.

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This week we learned that the number of mixed race people in the UK has doubled to 1.2 million. I'm adding my children to the arsenal of weapons for change. (Shyama Perera The Independent 12th December 2012)

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