For someone like myself who has never experienced racism, I think it is almost impossible to truly understand the level of abuse that people of color have endured.
I glanced at it a second time, but until it happened to you or someone you love, the depth of the damage it caused could not really be understood.
Prejudice in all forms is bad, and racial prejudice is probably the most evil and drag-forming form of all.
There is no question that it has, and even in a progressive, multicultural society like Britain it is still raising its ugly head.
Far from the desire to take my cudgel in the name of the oppressed, his intervention just wanted me to stay eye to eye. If Meghan was alone, I would feel different
There is also no question that it should not be tolerated, either by institutions or by individuals. That, for me – as for most people – is simply not negotiable.
People should be judged by their actions, not the color of their skin. Not just what is right, it makes sense – after all, hatred only brings more hatred.
So I have no problem with the principle of the latest assault on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in politics.
In fact, I will go as far as I can say it is a noble wish. What’s not to like about speaking out against prejudice, and lending support to Black History Month, which each year aims to provide a platform for positive discussion?
And what could be wrong with championing Black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) trailblazers, men and women leaders in their field and an example to all of us?
So, why do I find Harry and Meghan’s intervention so annoying, superficial and serviceable? Could it be the sight, again, of a couple giving a worldwide lesson on poverty and desolate lives from the delicious greige of their £ 11 million mansion in California? Certainly if anyone needs to ‘check their privilege’, this is theirs. They are pictured above in Ireland in 2018
The answer is: nothing. Nothing. So why, then, did I find Harry and Meghan’s intervention so annoying, superficial and serviceable?
Perhaps this is the sight, again, of the couple giving a worldwide lesson about poverty and lives that are not appreciated from the delicious greige of their £ 11 million mansion in California? Certainly if anyone needs to ‘check their privilege’, this is theirs.
Or could it be the way they ignore Britain, one of the most tolerant liberal democracies on the planet, suffering from ‘structural racism’?
Or maybe it’s just the fact that I’m finally tired of being told what to do and think of a Prince who, far from showing a desire to fight to make Britain a better place and stand up for things which he longs for too much belief. in, chose to reject the country that gave him every conceivable advantage in favor of one that offered him the opportunity to maximize his reign in the status of millions.
A formerly respectable man who was side by side with his fellow citizens but, in the end, seemed to run as fast as he could from the slightest challenge; who cannot accept any variation from his own point of view; acting like a petulant child when challenged; and who refuses to accept any compromise when it comes to his or her unreasonable requests.
A man who wants to present himself as a champion of the disadvantaged and forgotten, a people of men, a brave warrior for the truth – but one who will throw himself into glorious beauty in one of the most exclusive gated communities in one of the most rare parts of America.
Far from the desire to take my cudgel in the name of the oppressed, his intervention just wanted me to stay eye to eye.
If Meghan was alone, I would feel different. After all, she was a colored woman. He has actual experience with these things. So he has the right to talk about them.
Harry, in contrast, is driven by the evangelical zeal of the repentant sinner. Because, let’s not forget, this is someone who has not long thought it funny to dress up as a Nazi.
I am glad for his sake, of course, that he experienced a positive ‘awakening’. But does he have to push it down all our throats all the time?
However what annoys me most about this latest intervention is, in their eagerness to show support for the most fashionable causes, they fail to recognize the wider suffering that is happening across Britain today: coronavirus, which affects each of us, regardless of color.
There is not even a single whisper of concern or empathy for those whose lives and livelihoods have been ruined by this horrible pandemic (one that, of course, has not disturbed any of them the smallest in their ivory tower).
I can understand this from Meghan. After all, he didn’t really bring us. But for Harry to show no thought with respect to his countrymen and women is sad.
So, yes, Black History Month is an important event in the cultural calendar. And, yes, we all recognize the importance of building a more just and equitable society.
But if we want help and inspiration on how to overcome difficulties, I think we can do better than a Prince who turned away from his country, his Queen and his family – and who is busy polishing his halo that everyone seems to see his own reflection.