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22 November 2013 @ 07:44 pm
When I was born, the "mixed" marriage (Jewish/Gentile) that produced me made conventional people have to suppress their gag reflex. That was more than 70 years ago. At Swarthmore in the 60s, there were enough of us Halfies to be a recognizable group, and by now that sort of thing is so ordinary it doesn't even register. We figured the same thing would happen with people of recognizably different "races," and it has. Some of today's Halfies.
fjmfjm on November 23rd, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
I just shuddered. Not saying the UK is not racist you understand, but most of us (particularly in the major cities) have a much blurrier sense of race.

I once had a "white" student (Irish by "blood") who thought of herself as Black. Why? Because when she was about a year old her mother married a black man. She grew up in Brixton, all her friends were Black, she married a Black man and she sounded "Black Brixton" on the phone. She hated going through customs because she got all the same hassle because of her voice.