For someone like myself who has never experienced racism, I find it almost impossible to truly understand the level of abuse that colored people endure.
I have glimpsed it occasionally used, but until it happens to you or someone you love, the depth of damage it causes can never really be understood.
Prejudice in all forms is evil, and racial prejudice is perhaps the most evil and bone-chilling form of all.
There is no doubt that it exists and that even in a progressive, multicultural society like Britain, it still carries its ugly head.
Far from getting me to take my cudgel on behalf of the oppressed, his intervention just makes me stick pins in my eyes. If it had been Meghan alone, I would have felt different
There is also no doubt that it must not be tolerated, neither in institutions nor in individuals. For me – as for most – it is simply non-negotiable.
People should be judged by their actions, not the color of their skin. It’s not just what’s right, it’s what makes sense – after all, it only hates more hate.
So I have no problem at all with the principle of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s last touch in politics.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is a noble cause. What do you dislike about speaking out against prejudice and supporting Black History Month, which each year aims to provide a platform for positive discussion?
And what could possibly be wrong with fighting for black, Asian and ethnic (BAME) trailblazers, men and women who are leaders in their field and an example to us all?
Why is it then that I find Harry and Meghan’s intervention so deeply annoying, shallow and self-serving? Could it perhaps once again be the sight of the couple who prefer the world of poverty and disadvantaged lives from the tasteful greige shades of their £ 11 million mansion in California? Surely if anyone needs to ‘control their privilege’, it’s them. They are pictured above in Ireland in 2018
The answer is: nothing. Nothing at all. So why is it then that I find Harry and Meghan’s intervention so deeply annoying, shallow and self-serving?
Could it perhaps once again be the sight of the couple who prefer the world of poverty and disadvantaged lives from the tasteful greige shades of their £ 11 million mansion in California? Surely if anyone needs to ‘control their privilege’, it’s them.
Or could it be the way the rejecting Britain, one of the most tolerant liberal democracies on the planet, is being dismissed, suffering from ‘structural racism’?
Or maybe it’s just the fact that I’m finally tired of being told what to do and think by a prince who is far from showing a desire to fight to make Britain a better place and stand up for the things he claims so passionately to believe in have chosen to reject the nation that gave him every conceivable advantage in favor of one that gives him the opportunity to exploit his royal status to a million million.
A once honorable man who stood side by side with his fellow citizens, but who late seems to run as fast as possible from the slightest challenge; who cannot accept any deviation from his own point of view; who behaves like a petulant when challenged; and who refuses to accept any compromise when it comes to his not insignificant demands.
A person who wants to throw himself as a fighter for the disadvantaged and forgotten, a man of the people, a brave warrior for the truth – but someone who transforms into glorious splendor in one of the most exclusive gated communities in one of the rarest parts of America.
Far from getting me to take my cudgel on behalf of the oppressed, his intervention just makes me stick pins in my eyes.
If it had been Meghan alone, I would have felt different. After all, she’s a colored woman. She actually has experience with these things. So she has the right to talk about them.
Harry, on the other hand, is driven by the evangelical zeal of the repentant sinner. For let’s not forget, this is a person who not so long ago thought it was fun to dress up as a Nazi.
I am, of course, glad for his sake that he has experienced such a positive ‘awakening’. But does he have to constantly push it down our throats?
But what annoys me most about this latest intervention is that in their eagerness to show support for this most fashionable cause, they have failed to recognize the broader disorder that is happening across the UK today: coronavirus, which affects all of us, regardless of color.
There was not even a whisper of concern or empathy for those whose lives and livelihoods have been ruined by this terrible pandemic (one which, of course, has not bothered any of them in the slightest in their ivory tower).
I can understand that from Meghan. After all, she never really took to us. But for Harry to demonstrate such thoughtlessness to his countrymen and women is deeply 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 equal and just society.
But if we want help and inspiration on how to overcome such difficulties, I think we can do better than a prince who has turned his back on his country, his queen and his family – and who is so busy that polish his halo that all he seems to see is his own reflection.