The Mixed-Race Experience

The Mixed-Race Experience

Reflections and Revelations on Multicultural Identity


'THOUGHT-PROVOKING' Bernardine Evaristo | 'IMPORTANT' Melissa Hemsley | 'RAZOR-SHARP' Nels Abbey | 'ESSENTIAL' Jaspreet Kaur | 'INSPIRATIONAL' Sophie Williams | 'REVEALING' Tineka Smith | 'NECESSARY' Natalie Alexis Lee

What does it mean to be mixed race in today's society?

In this powerful book, Natalie and Naomi Evans, founders of anti-racist advocacy and platform Everyday Racism, explore the complexities of mixed-race identities - from the discrimination endured by the 1.2 million mixed people in Britain and millions more elsewhere, to the privileges it can afford. Sharing their own personal experiences of growing up in Britain to illuminate the nuances of racial identity, the book also weaves in:

- Interviews with people from mixed backgrounds and in mixed relationships
- Research to dispel common myths and stereotypes
- Practical advice for mixed-race families and friendships

The Mixed-Race Experience will help you to recognise and confront the racism within your own family and communities, helping us all to deepen our intersectional awareness and commitment to allyship.


  • I really enjoyed reading the different angles and stories in this book on the experiences of being mixed-race in a society where we are all racialised as white, black or a bit of both ... An important and welcome addition to the ongoing conversation about who we are in this society ... current, informative, thought-provoking.
    Bernardine Evaristo, Winner of the Man Booker 2019 (Girl, Woman, Other)

About the authors

Natalie Evans

NATALIE EVANS (pronouns: she/her) is a 31-year-old Events Manager, an anti-racist educator, speaker and writer from Kent. She has managed various festivals and is currently the Events Manager for a new youth festival, which will launch in 2021.

Natalie is of Black Jamaican and White British heritage and has experienced racism both overtly and covertly throughout her life.
She grew up in white majority town before moving to Brighton in 2015. She has recently moved back to her hometown and reflected on her experiences of racism both growing up and in her workplace.

She co-founded Everyday Racism in May 2020 with her sister Naomi, after a video of her confronting two men racially abusing a ticket conductor went viral on twitter.
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Naomi Evans

NAOMI EVANS (pronouns: she/her) is a 37-year-old Head of Drama at a secondary school in the South East of England, an anti-racist educator, speaker and writer. She has been a teacher since completing her PGCE at the London Institute of Education in 2005 and has a wealth of experience in training and leadership within the education system.

She co-founded Everyday Racism in 2020 with her sister, Natalie. Naomi is of Black Jamaican and White British heritage and has experienced racism both overtly and covertly throughout her life.
She is working to influence change in education to ensure the curriculum is not just taught through a white lens.

She is also interested in the representation of parenthood in the UK since becoming a mother herself. She has been married for 10 years and is the mother of two young children.
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