Prejudices drop as Britain's mixed race population hits over 1 mill
If you are mixed race in Britain, then you are among the fastest growing group of people and the largest ethnic group among those 16 years and below. As per the 2011 census data, this group which is born to parents in interracial relationships has a population of over 1 million. Much as this seems high, academics believe the figure to be double since most mixed race individuals still prefer to check the single race boxes.
Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis, 26, of Sheffield is one such individual; having been born to a White British mother from Derbyshire and a Black Jamaican father. Out of the people who took The British Future survey, only 42 per cent could correctly identify Ennis as mixed race. This is great indication of racial integration in Britain. As time goes by, it seems immigrant races are merging so much with the majority group to the extent where ethnic differences have either become irrelevant or people just don't notice them.
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It is the prominence of mixed celebrities like Ennis that has partly been attributed to the positive change in attitudes towards interracial relationships and mixed race individuals. When her parents met in the 1980s more than half of the Britons were against interracial relationships. Today, the British Future found that only 15% of the British parents would be uncomfortable with their child dating interracially compared to a whooping 40% two decades ago. If anything, the younger generation (the under 25s) revealed that they would be more worried if their child married into a wealthier family. In this group, only 5% would be concerned with their child being in an interracial relationship.
Does this mean prejudice has died out? Generally, attitudes have significantly improved. But according to an article by Lanre Bakare in The Guardian, much as Britain now seems to be the best place to bring up mixed race kids, we shouldn't pop the champagne just yet because racist attitudes still remain. You think?
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