Chapter 21 of To Sir, With Love describes the author's visit to the parents of Gillian, the white woman whom he plans to marry. Some of the chapter's interesting quotations concern the tensions that surround this mixed-race marriage.
1) Gillian's father: "It's not just the two of you, Rick, that have to be considered. You might have children; what happens to them? They'll belong nowhere, and nobody will want them."
Is this still true regarding children of mixed-race couples? To what extent does President Obama belong to the white race, the black race, or to neither?
2) Braithwaite replies: "I don't think the children would be anyone's business but our own, Mr. Blanchard," I retorted, as calmly as I could.
Is Braithwaite being realistic? Is the identity of your children really your own business, and no one else's? Or do you have to consider what other people think?
3) Mr. Blanchard: "And remember...if you're joining this family we might as well be friends." With that he extended his hand I shook it.
This quotation seems to show that Mr. Blanchard is going to agree to his daughter's marriage to Braithwaite.