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The Mixed-Race Experience

By: Natalie Evans,Naomi Evans
Narrated by: Natalie Evans,Naomi Evans
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What are the challenges of living between different cultures or identifying with one and not the other?

What are the challenges of being in a mixed-race relationship and starting a family?

How you do manage the stark reality of racism within your own family?

Over 1.2 million British people identify as mixed race. Six per cent of children under the age of five are mixed race, a higher number than any other Black and ethnic minority group in the country. So, why is it so hard for mixed race people to navigate their identity?

In The Mixed Race Experience, Naomi and Natalie Evans, founders of Everyday Racism, share their experiences of growing up mixed race in Britain, how they process, understand and learn about their identity and use their privilege to advocate for change, as well as addressing the privileges and complexities of being mixed race in Britain today.

Weaving in interviews from people who are mixed race, in mixed-race relationships or raising mixed-race children, practical advice and research to dispel common myths and stereotypes, this book navigates topics such as:

  • Handling racism in your own family
  • Understanding colourism and light-skinned privilege
  • Navigating microaggressions and unlearning internalised racism

Thought-provoking, sensitive and challenging, The Mixed Race Experience is a deeply moving look at identity and belonging. 

©2022 Naomi Evans and Natalie Evans (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"Natalie and Naomi are truly inspirational thought leaders." (Sophie Williams, author of Anti-Racist Ally and Millennial Black)
 

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Understanding racism

Taught me a lot about issues mixed race people face on a daily basis, terminology to use when talking about racism and I feel I have more understanding. Thank you.

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Mirrors my own experience

I'm so glad to have found this book! To have had my own experiences echoed back at me and to realise there are others that have felt the exact same way has been invaluable. I have taken a resolve not to try to fit neatly into one category.
My only small critique is that while the authors do make very clear that mixed race can mean any number of things - not just black and white mixed - there was a chapter on hair that I really couldn't identify with at all being mixed white and south asian. That said, it was still a point of learning that gives me a deeper understanding of others that do face these issues.

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To All mixed heritage people

Everytime I read or listen to experiences of other mixed people who grew up in the UK, it soothes my childhood self and my childhood traumas.
This is an easy digestable book for anyone trying to understand what it's like to be mixed, and the countless everyday racism that is embedded in UK culture.
It Unfortunatley high lights the UK education systems lack of culture education (at the time).

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Amazing

There are so many things I loved about this book! I am going to share this with everyone I know and encourage them to read it! Thank you for this x

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A welcome echo chamber to my own thoughts

I confess I have been waiting for this book ever since I scrolled across news of its release. I myself identify as mixed race and I feel there has always been a need for a book like this.

To sum up in a few sentences, this book is exactly what its’ title suggests. Listening to the collected thoughts, testimonies and above all, feelings of individuals, who by their nature reject the commonplace binary of race was an incredibly positive experience for me.

I’d recommend this firstly to anyone who identifies as I do, but also, as the authors suggest, anyone who shares their orbit with us. It’s a necessary discussion to be had and one that has left me both affirmed and seen. I thank the authors for this one :).

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A must read!

This book is a must read! It’s challenging and insightful and the way Natalie and Naomi go through the book explaining challenging subjects interwoven with their own stories is so helpful to grapple with learning about this area and what they have experienced growing up! They explain personal matters and break them down for better understanding! It is approachable for learning and doing better in this area which is brilliant! The interviews bring context and experience to life so the book feels real and not just a series of chapters to read and take in. Thank you to those who have shared. I thought the reflections chapter was a beautiful way to end! I listened to the book on audible and having Natalie and Naomi reading the book made it come to life and felt personable.
Incredible work Natalie and Naomi - thank you for this book and sharing experiences from you life!

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Challenging, relevant and thought provoking.

“Honest conversations about the construction of race and stark implications that racial identities have on our life are crucial…It's important that we continue to expand our knowledge and understanding of this in order to subvert the current trap we fall into, which is to place so much emphasis on race as a fixed identity.”

‘The Mixed Race Experience’ is a thoughtful exploration of the complexities of navigating race, heritage and identity as someone identifying as mixed race or being of mixed heritage.

Natalie and Naomi remind us that the mixed race identity “is not a monolith”, and through reflecting on their own experiences alongside engaging in conversations with others, have gone beyond the binary of ‘black and white’ to more accurately represent the differences in the experiences of those of mixed heritage.

I have been challenged and moved by the vulnerability displayed by the authors and those interviewed, and am still thoughtful after reading this book.