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Donโ€™t mess with a girl who hasnโ€™t had her coffee yet! Nah jk ๐Ÿ˜œ Iโ€™m actually one of those people who doesnโ€™t get a boost of energy immediately following coffee, but I still love the taste of it and the morning feels I associate with it โ˜บ๏ธ More than one cup tho and Iโ€™m an anxious, jittery mess! #HonorYourHealth


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Good morning my lovelys ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™hope yall have a bless day. Be nice be kind. We all need some encouragement and inspiration ๐Ÿ˜#goodmorning #wakeup #latina #workingmom #love #loveme #ilovemykids #mykidsmyworld #biracial #momofmixedkids #proudmom #mykidsmyworld #biracial #love #faith #hope #faith #believe #iloveyou #liftursoul


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Milaiya, 2 ๐Ÿ’œ Dutch and Surinamese ๐ŸŒ submitted/tagged by @milaiya_elicia โ € โ € โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ € โ € โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ € โ € โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ €
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Oh well fuck um dawg ๐Ÿ”ฅ


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Liam, 5 mo ๐Ÿ’™
Caucasian and African American ๐ŸŒ submitted/tagged by @liam_aaron18 โ € โ € โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ € โ € โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ € โ € โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ € โ €โ €
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โ€œ[Most peopleโ€™s reaction upon learning my ethnicity is]They're normally like "well you don't look black..." which sometimes is quite upsetting because it erases a part of my upbringing. Although I have white-passing privilege, and of course am aware of that, that doesnโ€™t change how I was raised.ย  Before realising I'm black, some people have in the past freely said the 'n-word' or told 'black jokes' because they don't realise that they're offending anyone. When I was younger I always felt like I couldn't say something because I was 'ruining their fun', but now I know I can shut them down pretty instantly.ย โ€œ
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Hear more from the incredible @bellaneergaard about being mixed-race on @halu_halo.
#TNLportraits


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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โžŠ โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  What's your full name?
๐Ÿ… Isabella Neergaard @bellaneergaard โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€
๐Ÿ…  How old are you?
๐Ÿ… 20.
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๐Ÿ…  Where were you born/brought up?
๐Ÿ… Born in New York. Brought up in Copenhagen, Denmarkย and Brighton, UK.
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๐Ÿ…  What do you do for a living?
๐Ÿ… I study Scandinavian Studies and Classics at the University of Edinburgh.
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๐Ÿ…  What's your ethnicity?
๐Ÿ… Danish and Nigerian (with a bit of Irish).


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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โž‹ โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  How did your dad and mum meet?
๐Ÿ… They met when they were both on holiday in Greece.
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๐Ÿ…  What's the biggest misconception people have of you?
๐Ÿ… That I'm quite cutting? I am super sarcastic and dry, and sometimes people don't realise that! I'm sorry, Iย doย really like you!
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๐Ÿ…  What is your greatest fear?
๐Ÿ… Rejection! Yet it happens all the time.


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British | Chinese โ€œWhen i do go back to Singapore it is quite strange. But being with my mumโ€™s family they are all so Singaporean that I do sink into it quite quickly. Whether it is the mannerisms and all that kind of stuff, the idea of family, the closeknitness, looking after each other, the politics. I do wish that I was back more. I havenโ€™t been back for a number of years. Iโ€™m an actor. What was an amazing experience was I did a show called Tamburlaine which is produced by Yellow Earth which is a theatre company that champions British-East Asian actors. I was in a cast full of people that looked like me. It was like absolutely amazing! Some of them are more Chinese than me, some of them can speak Chinese, some of them have a similar situation to me - they have very little cultural stuff at home, feel very British but they look a lot more Chinese than I do. For them, their castings before would have encompassed half the world but now the industry is changing and you are seeing a lot more ethnic diversity, there are different faces on screen now. In saying that, I go up for British roles. English rose. Very British. And it does feel like Iโ€™m very very rarely put up for anything that is actually who I am which is very frustrating. It feels like iโ€™m not really allowed to tell my story because I donโ€™t look it enough. I find that very frustrating. Itโ€™s just crazy. It makes me want to write my own projects more and more. Iโ€™m really keen on writing something that is about having mixed heritage. Things are changing. Being with lots of different mixes who are in the play and the community that come to watch, it is very profound for the audience to see people that look like them on stage. And that's why I think something like Hamilton is absolutely brilliant. There is a scene early on where practically the entire cast comes to the front of the stage. They are standing there and there are people from every kind of mix that you can think of. They are in that costume and they are talking about the founding of the United States. It is really quite a profound and extraordinary movement and really moved me.โ€


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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โžŒ โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  What did you want to be when you grew up?
๐Ÿ… Actress (couldn't do that now!)
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๐Ÿ…  What has been your proudest moment to date?
๐Ÿ… Keeping calm and carrying on despite it feeling like the whole world was on my shoulders.
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๐Ÿ…  When did you last cry?
๐Ÿ… Two days ago, watching Lady Bird. Damn, Saoirse Ronan, you got me good.


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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โž โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  How old were you when you became conscious that people saw you differently? What impact did that have on you?
๐Ÿ… I think I was around 15. I always knew I was a little different, but people actually brought it up when I was a bit older because they wanted to project what they thought was right onto me. I became so defensive and angry at others for not being educated inย race and identity, I was this force that would explode if anyone brought it up! Not a good time for me.ย I've learnt to be more patient with others. โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€
๐Ÿ…  Do you feel your parents prepared you for life as a mixed race person?
๐Ÿ… I think my mother did an excellent job at this. Because she is of colour, she thought it was vital to educate me about our history and what she has experienced. She taught me to be proud of myย mixedย heritage, and from then on, I wore it like a badge of honour.


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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โžŽ โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  Describe your most memorable moments when you were made aware of being mixed race.
๐Ÿ… "I didn't realise you weren't normal!" People assume I'm Italian or Spanish, so when they saw my mom they had a few questions. I lived in a very isolated community, where I was one of the only people of colour.
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๐Ÿ…  What reaction do you tend to get from people when they learn your ethnicity?
๐Ÿ… They're normally like "well you don't look black..." which sometimes is quite upsetting because it erases a part of my upbringing. Although I have white-passing privilege, and of course am aware of that, that doesnโ€™t change how I was raised.ย  Before realising I'm black, some people have in the past freely said the 'n-word' or told 'black jokes' because they don't realise that they're offending anyone. When I was younger I always felt like I couldn't say something because I was 'ruining their fun', but now I know I can shut them down pretty instantly.


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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โž โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  What ignorant comments have you heard about being mixed-race that really rile you?
๐Ÿ… "Half-caste". If people knew what that slur entails, they wouldnโ€™t be saying it. Also when Iโ€™m in Denmark, I hate when people donโ€™t assume Iโ€™m Danish just because I donโ€™t look like the majority of the population. Itโ€™s really annoying, but it motivates me to perfect my language even more. Jeg ER dansker! โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€
๐Ÿ…  What do you wish people who arenโ€™t mixed-race understood?
๐Ÿ… Just because I'm half something, it doesn'tย mean that I identity with only a fragment of that culture. My Black side doesn't discredit my Nordic roots, I can be both!


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#Shakespeare is NO easy read ๐Ÿ“– ! ๐Ÿ˜ฑโ˜บ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘‰Leave some words of #ENCOURAGEMENT for the #kids as they learn how to #read these challenging books. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ
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@charliexavier111 @alaska_vasquez

#powercouple #unity #power #love #relationshipgoals #equality #biracial #dadlife #familyfirst #motivation #couples #mixrace #fatherhood #beautifulfamily #blendedfamily #lasvegas #waterpark #fun #family #kids #readingisfundamental


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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โž โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  Do you think mixed race people/families are well represented in the media?
๐Ÿ… I mean... it's getting better. I feel like there's this 'mixed fever' going on right now, where every advert has a interracial couple with aย mixedย baby because they're 'cute'. This representation isย something,ย but the people depicted in adverts aren't proper illustrations ofย mixed-raceย families. They're just used to advertise sofas! Also, most of this representation is just mixed black and white families. So this media representation is a start, but we have a long way to go. โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€โ”€
๐Ÿ…  Have you felt a struggle with your identity?
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I learnt that I didn't need to pick a side. I can be a smรธrrebrรธd loving Dane AND a confident woman of colour. I think when I was younger, people would doubt my 'blackness' or 'Danishness' because I didn't look like a stereotypical Dane or black person. In fact in the height ofย multi-culturalism, recent immigration allows Danes to be of a myriad of different backgrounds (although racism is still heavily prevalent in Denmark, donโ€™t get me wrong). I still have moments of uncertainty about my identity, but as I get older, I remind myself that both identities can co-exist without sacrifices one over the other.


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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โž‘ โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  Back in the early 20th century being mixed race held a stigma, as it was clear proof of interracial relations which was seen as an affront to societyโ€™s morals. Do you think itโ€™s easier nowadays to be mixed race or is it more that racism has become more subtle?
๐Ÿ… I think so, yes. But itโ€™s important to note being mixed-race has ALWAYS been historically easier than being a full POC. I feel the media favours putting mixed-race people into the spotlight to represent all people of colour. Colourism dictates that mixed-race people are the only โ€˜acceptableโ€™ form of (in my case) blackness. So yes, it has become easier to be mixed race in a white homogenous society. However, more importantly, mixed race representation will not change systematic racism. A Meghan Markle will not undo hundreds of years of colonial oppression.


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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Celebrate the incredible contributions made my #NelsonMandela on what would've been his 100th birthday with reading. ๐Ÿ’ซMake sure and #followus for official updates and exclusive sneak peeks.
@charliexavier111 @alaska_vasquez

#powercouple #unity #power #love #relationshipgoals #equality #biracial #dadlife #familyfirst #motivation #couples #mixrace #fatherhood #beautifulfamily #blendedfamily #lasvegas #waterpark #fun #family #kids
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๐Ÿ…Ÿ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…ฃ โž’ โˆ• โž’
โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” ๐Ÿ…  Is being mixed race a burden or a blessing?
๐Ÿ… BLESSING. I love that I can connect with different cultures and identities all around the world. At first, it was confusing. But now as a nearly-grown woman, I can appreciate and celebrate the connotations of being multiracial and what it means.
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๐Ÿ…  What advice would you give to your younger self?
๐Ÿ… Breathe, you got this SIS!
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๐Ÿ…  Is there a quote or mantra you live by?
๐Ÿ… "I was not made to be subtle".


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โ€œHow has your biracial heritage influenced your career choices?โ€
ใƒใƒผใƒ•ใจใ—ใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅผ•ใ็ถ™ใ„ใ ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€่ทๆฅญใฎ้ธๆŠžใซๅฝฑ้Ÿฟใ‚’ไธŽใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ‹ใ€‚
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Sabrina | ใ‚ตใƒ–ใƒชใƒŠ ( @only_sabrina_horak)
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#fuji #fujifilm #fujix #xt2 ##fujixseries


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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ


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Bobby Tarantino ๐Ÿฅ @logic Tag him please ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ


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Escape the ordinary ๐Ÿ’ซ #dt #viral #10k #blunt #๐Ÿ’จ #extra #biracial #augustalsina #wait #high #๐Ÿ˜Œ


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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต #biracial can u tell ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ‘‘


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A #fashionthrowback pic from @lularoe Convention 2017. I had come far, but little did I know it was still just a beginning. I am more bold and confident in my @lularoe fashion choices and I have become a healthier and stronger person both inside and out. Iโ€™m excited to see old friends and make new ones next week. And I hope to recreate this pic at my FAVORITE #anaheim hotel @homewoodsuitesanaheim. #lularoejoy #lularoeamelia #timetoplan #servicewithasmile .
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Regrann from @jkmcclure - Ava and Alexis are 5 today!! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’—
I am so proud of them, and love them so much.
I hope our parenting and love is a direct reflection for the joy they have brought the world ๐ŸŒŽ .
I will continue to try and be the example of what a loving and caring dad should be...and honored to be their photographer ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ
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#happybirthday #happybaby #bday #mccluretwins #mcclurefamily #dadlife #twins #familylife #familyfirst #mcclurefamily #biracial #love #daughters #identicaltwins #5yearsold - #regrann


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Harlem stay looking mean! #harlem #harlemworld #biracial #grandson #mimisboy


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Throwback to 5 months when I found out Iโ€™m having a boy ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™So happy itโ€™s a boy because I feel like you have to protect little girls from the world ๐ŸŒŽ but I feel like me and my boy can take on the world together ๐Ÿ‘‘ Heโ€™s all Iโ€™ve ever wanted ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ#pregnancy#belly#momtobe#futuremommy#momandson#balloons#floral#flowers#summerpregnancy#biracial#mixed#cute#happymom#happiness#pink#blue#beauty#natural#gorgeous#milf#tan#love#ombrehair#octoberbaby


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The white father of biracial YouTube stars, the McClure Twins, is facing heavy criticism after racist and misogynistic posts on the familyโ€™s Twitter account recently resurfaced.
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The black king has struck again!!! WHEW CHILE THE GHETTO like oof. (Lowkey a scrap) -
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#burntzuccchini300party #kimnamjoon #nubianking #lightskin #bts #biracial #army #blackarmy #kkhamdungimeetupparty #kpopcookout


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๐ŸŒฑ Snap : rose36s ๐Ÿท
ะฑั‹ะปะพ ะฑั‹ ะฟั€ะตะบั€ะฐัะฝะพ,
ะฝะพ ะฝะต ะฑั‹ะปะพ.
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Irish | Tanzanian
"I grew up in Dublin. I was adopted when I was 6 months old. My adopted parents are fully Irish, all my siblings are all mixed. My birth mum was Irish from Dublin and my birth dad was from Tanzania. He was studying in Ireland at the time and obviously back then it was very catholic, no sex before marriage or anything and I know that I was given up for adoption because of the race thing. A mixed race child or a โ€˜child of colourโ€™ which is how they were known at the time would have been problematic. My birth mum never told her dad she was pregnant, only her sister and mum knew. She was probably afraid of disownment and the religious thing as well.

Growing up, I didnโ€™t actually know I was mixed race. My parents are white Irish. Back then, no one really said anything. I knew that I was probably different but nobody really talked about it. We were never treated as though we were mixed race. My parents are so white, in Dublin there were never any black people back then unless they were famous so actually I didnโ€™t really take heed of being mixed race or being like a different ethnicity until I was 17.

Now that I have moved to London, itโ€™s the only time that I have been questioned about my race all the time. When I moved to Uni in Twickenham when I was 19, everytime I went out, people always asked, โ€œso which one of your parents is black?โ€. And I was thinking, how do they know?! I never knew. I mean I did know of course. But I never thought about it. When I was 17, I went on my first holiday to Ayia Napa and somebody was like, โ€œoh wow iโ€™ve never met a black Irish personโ€, and I was thinking, who are they talking about? And then I realised they were talking about me! I had to ring up my mum and be like, mum, why are they calling me black? I donโ€™t understand. She didnโ€™t really know what to say. At uni, there were two Leannes. And I was black Leanne. And I was like, why am I being called black. Iโ€™ve never been called black before. With the royal wedding, Meghan Markle to me would be mixed race. But I know that people call her black. Iโ€™ve only learnt that from being here. I think she is clearly mixed. I am the best of both worlds.โ€


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Jamaican | Scottish "Born in London, Jamaican (mum) Scottish (dad) met in London.ย My mum asked my dad for directions in Brixton. I grew up in Brixton, at 10 I moved to Scotland to live with my dad until 16. It was amazing but I was like fat, brown and English and those are the 3 worst things you can be in Scotland. It definitely wasnโ€™t easy. It was very rural Scotland though so it was like more ignorance than malice. They would call me half caste or coloured or say, โ€œso what do we call youโ€. And then people like trying to be mean and call you โ€˜pakiโ€™ and it's like, if you're going to be racist, then at least get it right. It didn't really bother me. I knew there was a bigger picture than this. Coming from such an amazing multicultural city and primary school specifically in Brixton where colour was not a thing because everyone was from everywhere. I think I learnt from young that's just the way things should be.

I'm part of this group on Facebook which is a support group for brown/black people dating white people because I always go for white men, I think I have like a bit of a Freudian complex that I want someone like my dad basically. So I have exclusively had white boyfriends, Iโ€™ve never slept with or had a black or mixed race boyfriend or partner.

I would love to have been my great grandma from the Jamaican side. She was one of like 13 in this shack in Jamaica but her dad was a Scottish policeman and her mom was Jamaican so she was mixed race in the early 1900โ€™s. I would have loved to have known more about her. I don't know much about her. I don't know that much about Scottish policeman, it would be interesting to come back as someone from that time so I could know more about her so I could compare my life with hers to see the progress or maybe the lack of progress. The โ€˜perceivedโ€™ progress. I think the notion of passing would have been a thing that she had to deal with and so I would love to know more about her. I found my place and my voice quite young, I'm 24 now but I've known about myself and I've been okay with my identity for a good few years now.โ€


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Chinese / South African | English โ€œWe would always travel a lot as a family. Thatโ€™s when I realised that we looked different. When we were out as a family, people would always stare at us and come up to us and say, โ€œwhatโ€™s your mix?โ€, โ€œWhatโ€™s your background?โ€. As a family we looked very dark with olive skin. My mum would take it offensively. She would get very defensive. That had an impact on me. She would always dumb herself down because she didnโ€™t want to be stared at. She is a very beautiful woman but looked different. She was very tall and very Chinese looking which is unusual. I was aware of that and I would always dumb myself down too. It is only in recent years that I have really started to celebrate the way that I look and own my background as well. I think that everyone is on their own journey with that. It is something that goes across culture even; learning how to understand the way you look and who you are.

I believe based on my spirituality and my beliefs that we choose our parents and we choose on some level, a soul level, to come into our culture and our gender to give us the lessons that we need in this lifetime to become our full expression. So on some level, I chose a multi-ethnic family because it brought together diversity and challenges that I have needed to overcome in my life. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I donโ€™t live with regret. My life is perfect the way it is and it is meant to be this way. If I were to come back again, it would be a different experience because I have something else to learn. I want to be the fullest expression of myself and I want people around me to be the fullest expression of themselves. We are such bright, big people when we really embody everything that we want to be.โ€


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แ—ทแ–‡ITIแ”•แ•ผ | แ—ฐแ—ฉแ’ชแ—ฉแ—ฏIแ—ฉแ‘Ž โ€œMy Dad was really good at Mathโ€™s, he won a scholarship to go to a University in London. That is how he met my mum. They got married and moved to Malawi and had my brother and I.
I remember an incident at Malawi airport. The person on the front desk asked my parents if they were together!! And when they said โ€œyesโ€, he then said, โ€œis this your childโ€. My parents said โ€œOh yesโ€, he was really happy after that. I did not understand the reaction. I asked my mum, โ€œwhy is he so happy that you are married?!!โ€. Mum explained about apartheid in South Africa at the time which meant black & white could not marry. To see a black & white couple with a child was like a signifier, that times had changed. I was a kid. I had no awareness of racial discrimination.
I have incredible light skin but my hair is very curly. At 7, I wanted straight hair and I would cry. My mum did not know what to do because she raised me to be proud of whom I was (but she had straight hair so she couldn't say anything). She took me to get my hair relaxed when I was 9. I was so happy.ย  In those days women of colour had straight hair. The only people who didnโ€™t have straight hair were the people who I now respect, like black writers and activist but at 8 years old you donโ€™t think thatโ€™s cool.ย  You didnโ€™t want to look like Tracy chapman, you wanted to look like some Hollywood glamour.ย  My hair is still a big part of my life. I never felt comfortable going to a white hairdresser or to a black hairdresser. A natural afro always attracts attention, even if itโ€™s a compliment, sometimes you want to be invisible and you can't do that with big curly hair. ย As a kid we would shop at the black hair store. It was great. I felt part of the community because my mum had no idea how to manage my hair. Talking to someone who knew how to deal with it was great.
We moved again this time to Cheshire outside Manchester. I regret that because I wanted to live somewhere more diverse. From the age of 5 to 18 I always felt odd.
I donโ€™t think it's easier to be any race. In terms of your sense of happiness, your race is not going to make a difference - you just have to come to terms with who you are and try.โ€


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Russia/Italian | Congo/Southafrican/Dutch โ€œI lived in Romania most of my life.ย  I was the only mixed person in the country in 1981 who was mixed race.ย  Oh at times I hated that and felt like an alien sometimes. Itโ€™s been bad to be mixed but I guess itโ€™s ok because I donโ€™t know what it is like to be one color, black or white. I really think it has helped me because I feel like I do not identify with any group what so ever, you know what I mean. I feel like I am quite versatile.
I never felt different while in London; I mean I felt very much at home from the first week which was cool. When people ask me where I am from, I tell them I am from Transylvania and then we have this discussion if this place really exists โ€ฆ In London people donโ€™t look at me weird and people donโ€™t chase me in the shops.ย  I feel in London I can be ignored. That never happened back in Romania.
Human beings like any other animal have this issue if something is different and we donโ€™t understand it, at some point we will hate it and just donโ€™t like it. Yes, I was discriminated against because of my looks many times. Now I am ok. I was not ok 35 years ago. Luckily I had a very good family. They always encouraged me to be myself and that is a good thing. I have never been to Africa. My father died 20 years ago. Unlike my European family, his family never considers me part of their family.ย  Itโ€™s a family thing. We donโ€™t think that we are welcome here so that cool. ย I donโ€™t feel like exploring Africa anymore than exploring Japan or Asia. I donโ€™t feel like I have a connection with it other then the biological one.
I was raised by a white family in a white county of course I am aware I am mixed race but I donโ€™t feel any connection with Africa.

I donโ€™t really believe in groups. I understand that most people feel the need to identify to belong to a group so I would not talk about mixed race people like I would not talk about blond people, tall people or short people.ย  I am very individualistic and I much more believe that if people are strong and they want to do something with their lives they can do it, regardless of being mixed race or stupid or whatever.


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Zimbabwean | Chinese- Malaysian
โ€œWith my family in Malaysia there is sometimes a language barrier depending on how good their English is. As long as I enjoy eating food with them, I feel like part of the family. However, I get very odd looks when travelling alone. So I'm excited to visit Malaysia but would never go and live there. Zimbabwe is also interesting - I went to school there and at that time, it was quite a mixed society but there was also a lot of segregation. After high school I went to live in the USA. It was also tricky; I just felt that it was more comfortable to hang out with people who were mixed or cosmopolitan like myself. In America you always have to choose a side: I often felt that the African Americans in University would try to recruit me to their group which was strange and uncomfortable.

Lately, I have thought more about my race in regards to relationships. Itโ€™s good to talk about being mixed race because the more you understand someoneโ€™s background the better your relationship will be with him or her.

My mum has had an interesting life with the family - like with us in Zimbabwe. A lot of white teachers stayed on in Zimbabwe after Independence [in 1980]. They taught at the best schools, the schools that I wanted to go to. The top stream teachers were mainly white British and many of them were very racist. (The school was called Highlands School at the time.) I noticed that they would avoid giving me and my friends any recognition for our achievements in class and the white students would get loads of recognition and praise; but it did not matter much to us as we knew we were doing well and still got prizes. But sometimes it was so obvious and just really unfair so my mum would come in and talk to the headmistress about what the teachers were doing. And once there were one or two local newspaper articles about my mother and the scenes she caused at our school which was really embarrassing.

When you do see something happen itโ€™s better to speak out than not speak at all. Maybe not as emotional and aggressive as my mum did but looking back I do respect her for that.โ€


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Jamaican | Irish/Welsh โ€œI grew up in Leicester with my mum. My dad wasnโ€™t in the picture at all. I didnโ€™t really experience the Caribbean side at all, apart from through my friends. I went round their houses and went to Antigua with my friend when I was like 16. That was my way to experience it because it wasnโ€™t in the family. My friendships happened naturally especially in a smaller city you tend to get grouped by other people. I wasnโ€™t really aware of it until I came out of it. Being labelled before I had even made up my own mind. I never felt like I was different. I was always very confused. The racism that I have experienced has always been more in my hometown rather than London and I was always really confused by it. I had it from both sides. I just thought I was the same as everyone else. When I came to London there wasnโ€™t really any of that. Just being in London anyway was a bitโ€ฆ quite liberating. Suddenly I was in a big town, I was invisible and could do what I wanted. As time went on, being here, I started noticing more subtle issues with being mixed-race. Almost like sometimes you are treated as a bit of a novelty. The word exotic was used a lot when I was growing up. Personally speaking, I feel like I can relate to both sides so I have a gain there because even with the racism I did have, I tried to let it not get to me. Some of it subconsciously did, especially for example the way in school you werenโ€™t always seen as the prettiest because mixed race people werenโ€™t represented in films and stuff. It was always the Goldie Hawn look or something like that which was seen as beautiful. I think we are in the middle of the change now. Everywhere in the acting world you are hearing โ€˜BAMEโ€™ which stands for Black, Asian and minority ethnic. You are seeing it a lot on breakdowns. Everyone is saying it is great and this is your time and all of that. I think it's good and bad. Itโ€™s great because more representation of mixed culture is great for younger people. On the other side, it is almost like it is a trend. Iโ€™ve heard people say to me, โ€œyouโ€™re very current right nowโ€ and it almost seems like Iโ€™m going to go out of fashion.โ€


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