“Disconnecting from my blackness”, by a lady called Ella. Her story was so close to mine and it wasn’t until I read her story that I realised that I had the exact same feelings.
I’m privileged to be more than just bi-racial. As well as my Caribbean heritage I'm also Irish and English and with that comes a specialness on my mothers side. I would always look forward to my weekends in the countryside. Visiting my Irish great grandmother as we all gathered into her house on a Saturday for lunch, as she’d share stories with us in a thick irish accent, a neat whisky in hand. Driving out on Grandad’s tractor in the paddock, picking bluebells with my grandma in the woods, filling in the Rabbit holes and planting potatoes. Dinners with the log fire on, Grandad’s Irish Ham and Cabbage dish.
But reading Ella’s story, and having that account as a safe space to learn, share stories and understand how other people from similar backgrounds felt or still are feeling, has allowed me to begin learning that I don’t have to completely identify with just any one of my ethnicities , I am a product of them all and I just have to be me.
My hope is that Unity can do for others across the company what The Mixed Message did for me, and provide support by connecting to others who are going through the same things, or willing to learn about what they can do to help.
So, I’m Rhian, I’m 25 and I’m proud to be mixed race.