Letter: Not black and white

WHILE WE share what is unquestionably a "mixed marriage", we have difficulty relating to some of Aminatta Forna's representations of the feelings of others of "mixed marriages". To quote: "In the context of a racially oppressive society, all the mixed-race people I have spoken to have mentioned a sometimes intense pressure to unify and conform to ideas of blackness."

The author seems to be under the impression either that all "mixed marriages" are between black and white people or, more disturbingly, that the only relevant minority marrying whites is black.

ANNA WAI LAN TANG RAISTRICK AND NICHOLAS RAISTRICK

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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