Semantical Call-In

Public Advocate-elect Letitia James prefers the word “blended” instead of “mixed” when it comes to multi-racial families.

During a late-December episode of the Brian Lehrer Show on WYNC, the topic of discussion was “mixed” families during its two hour “family meeting” segment.

All types of the challenges and advantages of having a diverse family were discussed, from race to income to religion and more.

James called in, but would not speak on air to say “mixed” does not describe a multi-racial family’s dynamics as well as the word “blended” does. Despite not wanting to appear on air, Ms. James hijacked the show, as the hosts continued to discuss her call.

We here at QConf are trying to understand what the difference is, so we looked it up.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word mixed means “including or involving people of different races or religions.” The word “blended” means “to exist together as a combination.”

So essentially it’s the same definition. Thanks for calling in Ms. James, but really, there was no need.