Only a fool would dismiss the BBC’s ‘Mixed-Race’ season as PC box-ticking

imageYesterday the BBC announced their new “Mixed-Race” season of programmes to be screened in the autumn. From a documentary on singer Shirley Bassey to a programme on race, sex and empire, the series will explore what it means to be mixed-race in Britain today.

Only a fool would dismiss this season as an exercise in multicultural box-ticking. Britain in 2011 has proportionately the largest mixed-race population in the Western world and it continues to rise. This reflection of contemporary society soon to be on our screens is both exciting and necessary.

Admittedly I am slightly biased, but as a mixed-race person I am delighted that the voices will be heard of those who are accustomed to often being on the margins. Traditionally we have inhabited a liminal world. But, thankfully, the Manichean polarities of black and white are no longer as apparent as they once were.

Well done to the BBC for having the temerity to commission something of this nature. In the spirit of ubuntu – togetherness – I urge you all to tune in.

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