For someone like me who has never experienced racism, I think it is almost impossible to really understand the level of violence that people of color endure.
I looked at it second-hand from time to time, but until it happens to you or someone you love, the depth of the damage it causes can never be truly understood.
Prejudice in all its forms is wicked, and racial prejudice is perhaps the most evil and dragging bones of all.
There is no doubt that it exists and that even in a progressive multicultural society like Britain, it has still raised its ugly head.
Far from making me want to take my club on behalf of the oppressed, his intervention simply makes me want to stick pins in my eyes. If it was Megan alone, I would feel different
There is also no doubt that it should not be tolerated either in institutions or in individuals. This for me – as for most people – is simply non-negotiable.
People should be judged by their actions, not by the color of their skin. It is not only what is right, but what makes sense – after all, hatred only breeds more hatred.
So I have no problem with the principle of the last raid of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in politics.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that this 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 go wrong with upholding blacks, Asians and ethnic minorities (BAME), men and women who are leaders in their fields and an example for all of us?
Why then do I find Harry and Megan’s intervention so strongly irritating, shallow, and self-serving? Could this again be the sight of the couple teaching the world about poverty and disadvantaged life from the delicious green hues of their £ 11 million California mansion? Certainly if anyone has to “check their privilege,” it’s him. They are pictured above in Ireland in 2018.
The answer is: nothing. Nothing. So why then do I find Harry and Megan’s intervention so strongly irritating, shallow, and self-serving?
Could this again be the sight of a couple teaching the world about poverty and disadvantaged life from the delicious green hues of their £ 11 million California mansion? Certainly if anyone has to “check their privilege,” it’s him.
Or is this the way they carelessly reject Britain, one of the most tolerant liberal democracies on the planet, as 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 is far from willing to fight to make Britain a better place and stand up for the things he claims, that he passionately believed in, he chose to reject the nation that had given him all the possible advantages in favor of the one that offered him the opportunity to take advantage of his royal status of millions.
Once a respectable man who stood side by side with his fellow citizens, but who lately seems to be running as fast as possible from the slightest challenge; who cannot accept any difference from his own point of view; who behaves like an excited child when challenged; and who refuses to accept any compromise when it comes to his not insignificant demands.
Someone who wants to present himself as a champion of disadvantaged people and forgotten, a man of the people, a brave warrior for the truth – but one who is exiled in great splendor in one of the most exclusive closed communities in one of the rarest parts from America.
Far from making me want to take my baton on behalf of the oppressed, his intervention simply makes me want to stick pins in my eyes.
If it was Megan alone, I would feel different. After all, she is a colorful woman. She has real experience with these things. So she has every right to talk about them.
Harry, on the other hand, is moved by the gospel zeal of the repentant sinner. Because, let’s not forget, this is a man who not so long ago thought it was funny to dress like a Nazi.
I am glad for him, of course, that he experienced such a positive “awakening”. But do we have to constantly push it in all our throats?
Yet what irritates me most about this latest intervention is that, in their desire to show support for this cutting-edge cause, they have failed to acknowledge the wider suffering that is happening in Britain today: the coronavirus, which affects each of us, regardless of color.
There was not even a whisper of concern or sympathy for those whose lives and livelihoods were ravaged by this terrible pandemic (one that, of course, did not bother any of them in the ivory tower).
I understand it from Megan. After all, she never took us. But for Harry to show such recklessness towards his countrymen and women is deeply sad.
So, yes, the month of black history is an important event in the cultural calendar. And yes, we all realize 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 polishing his halo that everyone he can see that it is his own reflection.