Mixed Up: ‘I’m Jamaican and Indian – mixed-race doesn’t just mean black and white’

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/Arun Blair-Mangat is an actor with Caribbean and Punjabi heritage. He wants people to understand that mixed-race doesn’t always mean mixed with white. ‘My Mother is Jamaican born and my Father is Indian, from Kenya with a Sikh background,’ Arun tells us. ‘They were both raised here in England for nearly all their lives. ‘Primarily, I am considered biracial; Jamaican and Indian. However my Jamaican heritage has gifted me further strands. ‘Jamaica has a national motto that states: “Out of many one people” due to the multiracial origins of many Jamaicans. So my predominantly African roots are there along with Irish, Scottish and Chinese courtesy of my great-grandparents. ‘To a lesser level, further back, my Caribbean family also has Spanish and Portuguese input.’

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