Waste of paper. No, that’s not right. That’s offensive to the artists as the illustrations were brilliant, but there may as well have been no words. Seriously. Very little happens. At least very little that makes sense or contributes to plot progression. Only the last few pages have any real meaning with a humdinger of a cliffhanger that leaves you with multiple questions and countless theories.
What kind of teenager are you that you don’t have Class A drugs to hand? Hmm? Has The Daily Mail been lying to me?
Every 90 years twelve gods from multiple pantheons are reincarnated in young people to live for two years. The gods reincarnated are different each time and don’t necessarily live out the full two years, as the opening pages can attest with only four gods left at the end of the last cycle in 1923, skulls perched in the empty seats. Ananke is their guardian, goddess of fate, necessity and destiny. She’s their protector, but also their judge, jury and, if necessary, their executioner.
On Friday it was Loving Day, the celebration of the 1967 civil rights victory for the legalization of interracial marriage. From those unions come mixed race children. I am one of those children – the embodiment of Martin Luther King’s Dream.
With a mixed heritage comes two issues: appearance and culture, which affect one another.
It’s harder to adopt a culture if you’re not acknowledged or accepted by those who practice it.
Years ago, I was chatting with my mother’s best friend. Tired of being a working class black woman in the middle class white male profession of solicitor (read: lawyer), she uttered, “What could be worse?”
Loving Day commemorates the historic civil rights victory of the illegally married couple Mildred (black) and Richard (white) Loving in Virginia, a marriage for which they spent a year in prison and the conviction overturned on this day in 1967 by the United States Supreme Court.
Love is colour blind.
My mother’s Afro-Caribbean and my father white, English, Irish and Scottish.
See below to find out more about interracial relationships:
See below to find out more on the children of interracial relationships:
- Mixed Heritage Center resources
- Channel 4’s Is It Better To Be Mixed Race? shares the same theory as Alon Ziv’s Breeding Between the Lines
Where are my manners? How rude I’ve been, I haven’t even introduced myself!
The rules of etiquette must be satisfied.
So let’s see…
Right now you’re thinking: Is this book racist? No doubt the title is controversial, as are its contents, but I can happily reassure you, as a mixed race individual myself, it’s not racist.
‘Human variation is real, and it’s foolish to ignore it or sweep it under the rug. It’s not something to be ashamed of or to avoid for fear of conflict… Our diversity is a gift, and to keep ourselves separated and compartmentalized would be to waste that gift.’
What do Steve Jobs, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bob Marley, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Naomi Campbell, Vin Diesel, Jimi Hendrix, Ne-Yo and Jessica Alba all have in common? You know many more mixed race individuals than you think.