Chantal Badjie, the UK's foremost diversity expert reports the launch of the BBC's Mixed Race Season. BBC2 has commissioned a raft of programmes across genres for a mixed-race season, highlighting that Britain has the largest mixed-race population in the Western world.
Timely as us mixed racers struggle to complete the ethnicity section of the UK Census. There is a section called mixed/multiple ethic groups and the choices are:
White and black Caribbean
White and black African
White and Asian
Any other mixed/multiple ethic background [fill in this box]
To be fair that last box does catch all the other variations but it's rather small. How do you describe the children of parents who are;
Mother: White English/Irish extraction
Father: Maltese, Italian, Sierra Leonean, Gambian
According to a recent Economist Intelligent Life article, if a nuclear war struck and only the Kenyan Kikuyu survived, they would still have 85% of the genetic variation of mankind; with a similar history and conditions, they too would turn blond and blue-eyed under the northern sun.