October 27th, 2011

me: art

Mixed Race Britannia: Now (episode 3 of 3): 1965-2011

The final installment of Mixed Race Britannia, presented by George Alagiah, aired last Thursday. I couldn’t watch it then, so I viewed it on iPlayer. My notes from the first and second episodes are here and here.

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Conclusion of the series: The famed pragmatism of British people (“Oh sit down & have a cup of tea, love.”) has thus far largely won out over rabid racism and xenophobia. George Alagiah clearly thinks it’s likely to continue to do so as Britain becomes more racially diverse.

I was left wondering why it seemed that, in cases where one parent was opposed to a mixed marriage, it was usually the father, while mothers were mostly quite sanguine. Possibly this was the effect of Alagiah’s choice of interviewees? The ones who weren’t adoptive children were largely in long-lasting mixed marriages. Or is there some weird psychological thing about wanting grandchildren that obviously resemble you?

I should have liked it if the series had covered more mixed communities in the UK. It seemed mostly to be focused on Liverpool and London - places which have a long history of successful integration. But surely there are stories to be told - perhaps ones in which racial integration has foundered - about Bradford, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester. There were hints of this in Clement Cooper’s story. I suspect this might have spoiled the rather rosy conclusions of the programme.
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PSA about LJ: Random access to other users' accounts

If you are not already aware of this, your LiveJournal is presently not secure. Some users, when they have logged in, have discovered that they have access to other users' accounts - people who are not on their friends lists. The access includes the ability to view and edit locked and private content. LiveJournal staff have yet to comment on the issue.

If anyone would, say, like to delete their LJ account temporarily but still be able to blog, I have 24 DreamWidth invite codes available. Leave a comment or e-mail me at nanila at livejournal dot com to receive one. I'll be leaving my LJ up long enough for people to respond to this today, but if the issue isn't resolved before that, I'll be deleting until it's fixed.

ETA on 28/10/2011: It appears that the random access issue has been fixed.