Thursday, 29 August 2013

Mix-d:


Bradley Lincoln
I recently spoke with Bradley from Mix-d: He spent 7 years carrying out some really important work with young mixed race people across the UK. His research focused on the viewpoint of young people and presents the issues in a user friendly non academic format.

Bradley said 'when I started this project a few years ago I couldn’t find the language to express what I felt.  There were plenty of people and books that told me I was mixed race. They were right – I am mixed race – but that didn’t capture how I felt, or what I knew to be the experiences of other mixed-race friends and family members'.

'I’ve had plenty of times when I have been accused of not being black enough and just as many occasions when I’ve been told I should be more white.These are the kind of things I have been seeking to understand. Thousands of mixed race people have also offered their opinions'.

'I started off this journey of discovery as the Multiple Heritage Project. For me it was a way to capture and record my own and other people’s thoughts on the subject. After some time I soon realised that we needed something else to express the shared experiences of mixed-race living – something that accurately captured those unique feelings and experiences. This is where the term mix-d: has come from'

'So, I’m Bradley. I’m mix-d: I’m nothing special but I’ve been enormously privileged to listen and to learn from a huge range of opinions and experiences'.

'The Mix-d concept is designed to create a voice for a silent group who may experience confusion, conflict, or misunderstanding about their racial identity…and to bring richness and colour to the lives of some mix-d people for whom everything to date has been simply Black or White'.

The Mix-d: project developed a Professionals’ Pack  which is an essential guide for teachers, facilitators, mentors and professional carers.

The pack will equip you, your staff and organisation with the resources and knowledge to deal confidently with all aspects of the mixed-race topic. This worksheet on Terminolgy for mixed race people is an example taken from the resource pack.  For more information about the pack (click here).

Bradley also worked on the Mix-d: Museum project. This work-in-progress Timeline draws on material from a British Academy project conducted by Dr Champion Caballero (Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University) and Dr Peter Aspinall (University of Kent) which explored the presence of mixed race people, couples and families in the early 20th century, particularly in the period 1920-1950, a time when racial mixing and mixedness tended to be viewed very negatively by British authorities.


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