I am one of many mixed race people who I feel are the forgotten ones. We don’t look mixed race in a traditional sense. We look ‘different’ and people can’t quite place where we are from, possibly Italian or South American. I now call myself mixed race and am happy with that because I don’t care if other people mistake me for being white and expect me to say I’m white. What I do care about is that I don’t fit in anywhere and that has given me issues of identity because if my skin was darker I could fit in with the mixed-race crowd and be accepted by the black crowd. But as it is I just look white and have to explain myself to people. (Mixed Experiences study, 2011) It may be surprising to see a chapter on mixed-race children and young people in this book, but those working with children and young people of mixed race need to be aware of the particular risks to mental health/emotional wellbeing that may be present in the lives of those young people.
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