"A couple have called their kids the Rainbow Children... because one is white, one is mixed race and the other is black.When the children grow up, they will most probably be confronted with race monitoring forms where they have to tick a box that best describes their race. So, what race are they?
White mum Carla Nurse, 27, and her mixed-race husband Cornel, 31, were not surprised when their first child Jermaine was born with a brown complexion.
But they were stunned when daughter Tanisha arrived with an Afro-Caribbean appearance and second son Jayden was born with white skin and blonde hair. Carla, a part-time model from Lowestoft, Suffolk, said: "It looks strange when I walk around with my rainbow children.""
Quite sensibly we might say that they're mixed race; after all, their parents are different races. But what does the law say?
" racial" is not a term of art, either legal or, I surmise, scientific. I apprehend that anthropologists would dispute how far the word " race " is biologically at all relevant to the species amusingly called homo sapiens.in Ealing London Borough Council v Race Relations Board.
Further consideration of the question leads me to the conclusion that, unless someone is being discriminated against, the question is irrelevant. The word does not bear any meaning except in discrimination law: a close reading of the Race Relations Act 1976 takes us to some definitions in section 3 which says,
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires ...(my emphasis) so, without this Act, the word does not bear a meaning; it isn't a term of art either in law or science.