Posted: January 2013
When it comes to the social reality of race and racism, 2012 can look like a good year for British society … or a very bad year. But if we insist that rose and race-tinted spectacles be handed in at the door – which was it?
So how are things in multi-racial Britain? If you were to review 2012 you might agree with me in saying that, thanks to the Olympics, it was the year an exciting, fizzing superdiversity became more prominent than ever. The ‘mixed-race’ ingredient causing things to bubble has been dubbed the ‘Jessica Ennis generation’. Everywhere you looked Britain seemed distinctly less white; a melting pot of ethnicity where even the meaning and relevance of the term ‘race’ is melting away too.
Or you might, like race-equality think-tank The Runnymede Trust, see this as something of an illusion.