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Telling It As It Is: Conversations with Mixed-Race Britons about Identity

Remi Adekoya

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An honest and nuanced exploration of what it means to be biracial in Britain that examines how we construct our identity.

Mixed-race people are the fastest-growing minority group in Britain. According to some projections, by the end of the century roughly one in three of us will be mixed-race, with this figure rising to 75 per cent by 2150. The mixed-race man and woman are the future faces of Britain.

Yet race is often discussed in a binary fashion. Being mixed-race is not treated as a unique identity, but rather as an offshoot of other make-ups. In our current polarised atmosphere, people of dual heritage encounter significant psychological pressure to pick a side: are you with us or them? But what if some don't want to choose? Or strongly identify with two, or even more, races? Should we still be expected to make a choice? Or is it time to develop a new understanding of identity that is better suited to our times?

A transformative exploration of 21st-century British identity, Telling It As It Is will provide thoughtful and nuanced answers to the many questions concerning biracial identity. Through research and real-life stories, Adekoya will seek to explain what it truly means to be a mixed-race Briton.

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