Not all racial mixes are equal
George Alagiah wrote an interesting article on the BBC News site about the increased racial mix in the UK and, specifically, the increase of interracial relationships and the offspring thereof.
I have two issues with the article:
First, George uses the adjective “mixed-race” in reference to both relationships and people. In reference to people, that’s fine. It means people whose parents’ races are different from one another.
In reference to relationships, it’s not. He means interracial relationships. The term mixed-race relationship conjures up thoughts of a relationship between two mixed-race people, as opposed to a relationship between people of differing race.
But there is a much more important issue with the article. Below is an extract from the article that encapsulates the issue fully.
Mixed-race children make up one of the fastest growing ethnic minorities in the UK
Mixed-race people are not a race in themselves. They make up a multitude of races. A black–white mixed-race child has nothing in common racially with a Chinese–Indian child. Yet the article lumps them together as members of the same race.
I find this insulting. Instead of enhancing their sense of identity, my view is that it dilutes it. Your thoughts?