What does it mean to be mixed race?
I love being mixed race! Mauritius is beautiful, I am so proud to say this is where my family are from. The food is always sensational with recipes my nan will never disclose. I don't have to spend time trying to tan and I have a uniqueness that is based on lived experiences related to both cultures.
Despite the internal racism in my family and of that I have experienced, I am definitely fully aware of the benefits from having lighter melanin, white features and straighter hair but fair skin and white features are not synonymous with being white.
Overall I think that societal expectations try to define us, try to categorise us and try to make us a pick a side. You're too black or you're too white. Tick a box. We do not have to publicly unravel the percentages of our ethnicities, we are whoever we feel we are, the side of us that ignites passion, the part of us that feels like home. That's who we are. That's what it means to be mixed race.