Africa: On Being in a Mixed Race Relationship

Fiona discusses the challenges of being in a mixed race relationship: There are so many reasons why your family and others might take issue with your prospective partner. People will sum up your partner and make whatever assumptions they want based on their own personal biases. I confess that I may have had a thrillseeker moment when friends back in Australia first asked what Nyani was like and I replied: “Well he's unemployed, has a shaved head, tattoos, lip ring and he's black.” I could just as easily have said “He's intelligent, well travelled, his Dad works for the UN and he's in the process of getting his commercial pilot's licence.”

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