John Agard's poem Half Caste put into words what
many of us had been feeling about the term. Having it
in the national curriculum has been helpful in making more people aware of it's derogatory status.
It would be nice to say the term was no longer used
but we all know it is, especially in the media. In Africa, Australia and Asia the term is in common use and the British press have been known to still use the term.
That the term is less in use in the UK has a lot to do with John Agard's poem and now student Rhianne Boland's award winning radio documentary about the poem entitled Hello I'm 'Half Caste' will act as a useful resource for teachers and others wanting to learn
Rhianne who is mixed-race herself felt passionate about the work saying: 'I was interested in the term half-caste and its connotations in society today, as well as what the origins of the word are, and how mixed-race people feel about being called it.'
John Agard, Sharron Hall and Bradley Lincoln all took part in the documentary, which Rhianne produced for her final year of a radio production project.
Hello I'm Half Caste won the prestigious Charles Parker Silver prize with the judges commenting: 'We appreciated the technique of mature understanding, hooking in listeners by stealth, allowing them the space to think about what is being said. The cast list was ambitious, strong, and confident, very balanced, and used lots of wit, really classy.'
Hello I'm Half Caste will be aired in full on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 21st April at 2pm along with an interview with Rhianne explaining the piece.