I’m a middle aged Mix-d: Man. I live within a modern, multicultural family and friendship group. My mother is White English and my father is Black Jamaican. I have older single-heritage White and Black siblings; and younger mixed-race siblings, children and grandchild. My life is quite ordinary and reflective of many other life styles across the UK. I would say I had a very happy childhood and experienced the same growing up pains as my older siblings. However, there were a few topics which fascinated me when I was younger and still stands out to me today.
Why are mixed-race people not represented within the curriculum? What is the correct terminology? Should mixed-race people see themselves as 'Black, White, Asian or Mix-d'? Why is it so hard to find the right products to manage mixed-race curls?
Some questions seem more relevant than others, yet each requires a sensitive and thoughtful response.
Many things have improved over the years and some have stayed the same. When I started the project in 2006, I began to unpack these questions and identified a general theme.
It is not where Mix-d is seen; but where it isn't!!
My interest has always been towards the unseen. I enjoy solving problems and narrowing the gap of knowledge on this subject. This has required a two pronged approach, to ensure that both the social and commercial aspects of the discussion are appreciated.
I have learnt many things on this journey of discovery but most importantly, how it feels when products and services are targeted at people and not you.
Mixed-race people are the fastest growing minority ethnic group within the UK and predicted to be the largest, in the not too distant future.
It might be time to look at where Mix-d isn't seen??