Buckingham Palace

Meghan Was Right


Buckingham Palace has been in damage control ever since Harry and Meghan fled to the United States and accusing the royal family of racism. According to the couple, one member of the royal family questioned what color their baby would be. Spoiler alert: It’s baby colored.

The royals are slow to adapt which was evidenced this week when Prince William’s godmother and royal courtier interrogated a Black British charity chief at a palace charity event, asking her repeatedly, “Where are you from?”. The answer, “England,” apparently wasn’t satisfactory.

Susan Hussey was “Number One Head Girl” in Buckingham Palace, serving as “Woman of the Bedchamber” meaning she was the Queen’s right-hand woman. After the Queen’s death, King Charles moved her to work for him as an “honorary” lady and to assist with palace functions. Her new duties included helping smooth the way at events, being nice to guests, and making them feel at home. Fail.

It was at a reception in Buckingham Palance hosted by Queen Consort Camilla for campaigners who are working to end violence against women and girls where Lady Susan messed up. This was an event to stop abuse againts women, and Lady Susan abused one of the guest, Ngozi Fulani, a Black Briton and the chief executive of the domestic-abuse charity Sistah Space.

Fulani told BBC Radio, “It was like an interrogation. I guess the only way I can explain it, she’s determined: ‘Where are you from? Where are your people from?'” This can also be interpreted as “what are you doing here?”. In the deep American south, it means “you don’t belong here, boy.”

Fulani also said, “I have to really question how this can happen in a space that’s supposed to protect women against all kinds of violence. Although it’s not physical violence, it is an abuse.”

The palace issued a statement saying that “the individual concerned would like to express her profound apologies for the hurt caused and has stepped aside from her honorary role with immediate effect.”

Many people are saying this is common old-people type racism as Hussey is in her 80s. They excuse it as something harmless, no harm was intended, and they just don’t know better because the perpetrator is from another age, like during the period when Chinese immigrants were building American railroads or some shit like that.

But that in itself is ageism and Fulani points that out, saying, “Let us be clear what this is… I’ve heard so many suggestions it’s about her age and stuff like that, and I think that’s kind of a disrespect… an ageism kind of thing.” Fulani sounds smarter than most people to me.

There are plenty of older people who don’t look at a person of another race and ask, “But where are you really from?”. You can be old and woke. And that’s part of being woke, not going around being a racist fuck to people. Someone tell Ron DeSantis, who says, “Florida is where woke goes to die.”

Whenever you think “where is that person really from?” when you see someone of a different race, spoiler alert: that person is probably from the same place you’re from, that being the nation you’re standing in. Where are you really from? If a non-white person born and raised in the USA isn’t “really” from here, then neither am I, and that means I’m “really” from where Lady Susan was asking racist questions. And sure, the United Kingdom is probably whiter than Idaho, but Lady Hussey shouldn’t act so surprised at seeing a non-white person.

I think the best thing to do in cases where you don’t know another person’s ancestry or heritage is not to worry about it. Treat them as if they’re a fellow human being; spoiler alert: because they are.

And before Meghan married Harry, was the royal family the last family on this planet to be a mixed-race family? Did Lady Susan prove that racism is a part of palace culture? I think there’s racism in the palace, and they don’t know it. Hell, David Duke and Donald Trump don’t think they’re racist. Spoiler alert: they’re soooooooooooooooo fucking racist.

In my family, we don’t ask what color a baby is going to be. We only ask how crazy that thing’s going to turn out. Spoiler alert: we’re all crazy.

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Royal Racism


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I have never been that fascinated with the royal family of the United Kingdom. I’ve always paid some attention to it but not with any obsession. I remember when Charles and Diana were married. I remember the births of William and Harry. My interest lies more in history and I’ve gone down worm holes to understand the role of the monarchy in relation to parliament. I have watched about three episodes of The Crown.

When there is something special about the monarchy on TV, I will usually watch it. When Harry and Meghan were married, Stephanie Ruhl and Katie Tur of MSNBC covered the wedding in London and totally geeked out when Meghan’s carriage passed them. It was embarrassing. That, I don’t understand. But I figured I should watch Oprah’s interview with Harry and Meghan on Sunday night.

I didn’t even know this thing was happening until my editor at CNN told me Friday morning and that he was open to a cartoon about it. He was also open to cartoons about Mr. Potato Head and Dr. Seuss. So I gave him a cartoon featuring all three. Then I thought my clients might want a cartoon on the interview, so I watched.

Since a few details had come out about the special, I didn’t expect any big surprises and wasn’t looking forward to it. I was actually dreading it. Two hours for this? Man, I’m dedicated to my craft. But If I can sit through Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, then I can sit through just about anything.

I expected to be bored and the entire thing to just be trivial pop culture stuff. I was wrong. It was interesting. I expected the couple to come off whiny and entitled. I thought I’d roll my eyes at them and have trouble sympathizing. Instead, I was angry.

Who starts a conversation worried about a baby’s skin tone? Who does that? You’re supposed to be excited about an upcoming birth in your family. If nothing else, you shouldn’t be racist to members of your own family.

Here’s the dirt: Someone in The Firm, as the royal family and the organization that operates it is referred as, brought this up to Prince Harry as a major concern. Apparently, they were afraid of how it would look for the royal family if it had a black member, or at least one darker than Meghan. And it’s not the point as to how dark the baby would be. The issue here is that it was a concern.

When Harry married Meghan, I thought it was a bigger deal that she was divorced and an American. I didn’t think her being of mixed race was any kind of issue at all. Sure, there are racists out there who still get upset over mixed couples in Cheerio commercials but I thought the majority of us, those who didn’t vote for Trump, were over it. Even if you’re not racist, you may have still been surprised by this…20 years ago maybe.

If nothing else, I thought nobody in the royal family would concern themselves with it. I was wrong. Who was it? Harry wouldn’t say.

But what’s clear is that his relationship with his father and older brother, two future kings, is seriously damaged. He wouldn’t go into details except to say he was disappointed in them. Meghan also talked about Kate, William’s wife, making her cry…and then it being leaked to the tabloids that it was reversed, Meghan had made Kate cry.

Before they left the United Kingdom for Canada, and then Los Angeles, the Firm was opposed to giving any royal titles to Archie, the couple’s son. The baby whose skin tone someone was worried about. After they left the Firm, security was stripped from them. There was also talk about an investigation by the Firm over accusations that Meghan was a bully inside Buckingham Palace…but no investigations toward Prince Andrew being a rapist with Jeffrey Epstein. For someone, it was worse to have a black prince than a royal rapist.

So, who in the family was concerned about the baby’s skin tone? Who was so concerned and racist that they actually brought it up? Was it someone in the family or was it someone who works for them? It would be wrong to speculate and I discourage it. That said, I think it was Prince Charles.

Harry expressed how disappointed he was in his father because he had gone through the same kind of negativity and harassment from the British tabloids as he and Meghan were experiencing. The British tabloids are NOT like the legitimate press. They are totally focused on sensationalism. Even New York tabloids don’t have anything on them. The British tabloids are directly responsible for the death of Princess Diana, Harry’s mother. You would think the family would be more supportive.

I’m not surprised racism exists in the United Kingdom. It’s not just an American thing. We’re probably just louder about it after having a president (sic) for four years who encouraged and validated racist organizations. Say what you will about Boris, but at least he hasn’t retweeted Nazis (he hasn’t, has he?). We had a president who literally told white nationalists to march to the Capitol and overturn an election. But who knew there was racism in the royal family?

A Facebook friend of mine who is a Brit and often comments on my work wrote, “America has a race problem disguised as a class problem, we have a class problem which includes racism.” He wrote that before the interview aired. He was talking more about the tabloids and British society’s racism. This was before we learned someone in the royal family is afraid of black babies.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that to escape UK racism, Harry and Meghan came here. Really? Did they not see that for 74 million Americans, racism was not a disqualifier in voting for Donald Trump? They didn’t see that racism is not a deal-breaker for a huge percentage of the population? I personally know people who have left this nation over the past four years because of racism. I know white people who left this country because of its racism.

They fled the UK where someone in the royal family was concerned about a baby with dark skin tone for a land led by a racist orange baby.

And seriously, worried about a baby having a dark skin tone? Maybe that’s the kind of thinking you get after generations of inbreeding.

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