Mixed Up: ‘Yes, you can still be racist even if you have mixed-race kids’

‘As a teenager, I remember being really conscious of trying to have a balance of white and non-white friends – I didn’t want to look as though I was “picking sides”‘ (Picture by Jerry Syder for Metro.co.uk)

‘As a teenager, I remember being really conscious of trying to have a balance of white and non-white friends – I didn’t want to look as though I was “picking sides”‘ (Picture by Jerry Syder for Metro.co.uk)

Kristel Tracey is about to become a mum for the first time. She hates the idea that mixed-race families or interracial relationships are some kind of utopian ‘cure’ for racism. ‘It annoys me if people lazily assume that mixed-race relationships or children are evidence of the absence of racism – whether their own or in wider society,’ she says. ‘Being in a mixed-race relationship, or raising a mixed heritage family, does not absolve anyone from the ability to hold problematic attitudes or remain completely ignorant of the realities faced by those living at the sharp end of a society riddled with structural racism. ‘That whole “I can’t be racist because I have mixed-race kids” thing is tired – we all need to check our privileges or blind spots and put the work in.’ Kristel’s dad is black Jamaican and her mum is Polish, Swiss and English. They met as teenagers in the 1970s . . .

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