Mixed In Different Shades

exploring the history and experiences of mixed heritage persons and inter-racial relationships across the world

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“... if you gonna go into history, you can’t do it with a hate attitude. You got to remember, times was different.”
Rebecca Skloot -  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Creole, Basters, Berber, Burgher, Caboclo, Cafres, Casta, Castizo, Coloured, Eurasian, Mestee, Mestizo, Mulatto, Pardo, Redbone ……… all different names given to  mixed heritage people over the centuries.  Many cultures have resolved names for mixed heritage people in their societies, some words being borrowed from other cultures and languages.  Some of the terms have derogatory meaning in one part of the world and are entirely acceptable and proudly borne in other parts of the world, the words kaffir, coloured or colored and Dougla come to mind.  Remember this as you read throughout this website, set aside your assumptions for a while.

The project does not aim to make mixed heritage people out to be better or superior to any other peoples; as we should well know - superiority or inferiority are but a state of mind.  Inter-racial relationships prove that we can love each other and mixed heritage people are the living proof that humankind is one species and and that underneath the white, black, yellow, red and brown skin, we are basically all the same and basically all individually different, truly mixed in different shades.

Join in and contribute and feel free to support this exciting project and remember this is a work of love in progress.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:51

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  • Colonialism’s Losers - The Poor Whites
    Monday 9th January 2012
    Many times it has been pointed out that the relatively wealth of many western nations were built on the back of slavery, colonialism and racism. There is very little evidence to refute those claims but the wealth was also built on the backs of the poor and working classes. The sought after goods, whether agricultural or mineral, that found its way back to the factories back home were processed and distributed by people who sometimes worked in conditions that mirrored those of those in the colonies.
  • The Results are in: Fail
    Wednesday 28th December 2011
  • The Deadly Trade
    Sunday 4th December 2011
    Whole villages wiped out, minor tribes completely erased, civilisations destroyed; millions of people died when the conquerors of the new world arrived with ‘old world’ diseases. However, the sailors, the explorers, the missionaries and later the colonialists also came in contact with diseases that they were too were not immune to. In here lies the history lesson that should warn us about the dangers. There are many serious diseases that have the potential to become widespread pandemics and our common humanity means that any fatal disease that develops and is transmitted has the potential to virtually wipe the whole human race of the planet.
  • Having No Colour
    Tuesday 29th November 2011
    Albinism is a disorder from birth caused by the absence or a defect in the enzyme that helps in the production of melanin that colours mainly the skin but also the eyes and hair. Many believe that albinism is much more prevalent in black people particularly Africans though in popular culture, the ‘evil albino’ such as Silas in the book ‘The Da Vinci Code’, is not usually portrayed as racially black. However being different can be very dangerous.
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