Registered On: April 2, 2014
“I can’t see any evidence of racism in any of the previous links.”
Once again Lawsi, it depends on how you define racism. It’s not just a question of using abusive language towards black people. It’s a lot more subtle, and has to do with exclusion and a lack of social acceptance, bullying, nasty jokes and so on, and an expectation that they’ll know their place, just as it used to be with the Irish.
And that’s what we see with the double standards of the press towards MM – the disdain, the cold shoulder, the bitchiness…
Some folk have a blind spot with their own prejudices, as Harry himself freely admits in the past. I don’t think he’s alone in that respect, but my point is to ask why the press behave like this.
True, they certainly set her up with fulsome praise on her wedding day in 2018, but quickly changed tack, as often happens.
Explaining the change by saying that it was because of some ill-judged PR decisions just doesn’t cut it. Where’s the evidence that, say, having her new baby joked about as a monkey is the result of a PR decision? Or those stories about her pregnancy at the head of this article:
Pretty much all the royals have failed to behave, obviously due to far more than “PR blunders” and one in particular may still end up in jail for it, yet they haven’t consistently attracted the negative attention which MM does.
So, why is this? It’s far too simplistic to imply it’s because of the colour of her skin.
Rather, MM is a challenge to the class system, a socially established hierarchy which expects black women to know their place.
Many Mail and Express readers love the class system and its pettiness. They typically resent anyone rocking that boat, a boat which they have boarded, sailed in and admired all their lives.
The problem is that, having been admitted to the pinnacle of the class system, as a black woman (and therefore at the bottom of it) MM has committed a cardinal sin of confidently refusing to be ground down, or to put up and shut up, about what she sees as unfair or wrong. In short, she’s resented by the popular press and especially their female readers, because she doesn’t know her place.
But Harry and his missus aren’t having it, and quite right too.