Meghan’s Been Driven Out By The Ineffable Racism Of British Society

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This is the claim, that we British are so offended by the enhanced melanin of the Duchess of Sussex that we have driven her out of the country by our beastliness.

No, really:

As the Royal scandal rumbles on, so too the metrollectual discourse that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were right to flee Brexit Britain, a land of lascivious institutional bigotry and mildewed racial imperialism. This is proving an irresistible hypothesis, not only in the unburstable London bubble, but on the pathologically self-absorbed shores of East Coast America too.

Not least at the headquarters of The New York Times, a newspaper that has delighted in running colour pieces over the last three-and-a-half years on the UK’s allegedly surging hate crimes and Leaver nostalgia for the “lost patrimony” of casual English racism.

So the newspaper’s opinion piece, by British commentator Afua Hirsch, headlined, “Black Britons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out”, is as unsurprising as it is troubling.

That piece is here:

Her treatment has proved what many of us have always known: No matter how beautiful you are, whom you marry, what palaces you occupy, charities you support, how faithful you are, how much money you accumulate or what good deeds you perform, in this society racism will still follow you.

In Britain’s rigid class society, there is still a deep correlation between privilege and race. The relatively few people of color — and even fewer if you count only those who have African heritage — who rise to prominence and prosperity in Britain are often told we should be “grateful” or told to leave if we don’t like it here.

To which the correct response is, if we’re too polite for the Anglo Saxon Wave this really deserves, is get over yourself Afua.

Sure Britain contains racists, there’s no society ever which hasn’t. Equally certainly there are aspects of British society which can be viewed as racist – this has equally certainly been true of every society ever.

And yet the really important thing about Britain and race? It’s less important here than it is nearly anywhere else on this planet. I say this with considerable experience of other places upon it. Try talking to anyone with that melanin enhancement who has walked around the streets of Moscow. Of anyone who looks even vaguely Gypsy in Central Europe – shops in expensive parts of Vienna have been known to be very tooth sucky about dark hair, dark eyes and a good tan.

And writing about how racist Britain is in the newspaper of a city which contains Harlem, a country which has those HUD built vertical slums that Randy Newman tells us about in Rednecks, well, there’s a certain over-reaching there perhaps.

Because, and I know many won’t get this given the shrieking that accompanies any discussion of race in the UK, we’re a very much less racist society than damn near any- and every- where else. We might even say that in human societies this is about as good as it gets given the available evidence.

As to how we deal with it in the long term it will be as we have with every other immigrant wave since the Neolithic. We shag each other and three generations down the road no one knows nor cares. Which is, to be fair, a thought to be greeted with a certain amusement given George Mikes and his observations upon the English. The people who have hot water bottles instead of a sex life use that thing they don’t have to build the integrated society. We’ve done it with the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings, Normans, Huguenot, more recently the Jews from the Pale, the Irish, Catholics and it’s happening right now to Afro Caribbeans – the out marriage rate is such that it’s going to disappear as a distinctive grouping soon enough. Other than, perhaps, a slight cafe au lait tinge plus that Englishly unlikely ability to dance.

Squealing about how Racist Britain is just doesn’t work as soon as you lift your eyes and peer at what the rest of the world is like.

As that position of Afua Hirsch shows. A thoroughly racist society does not take a double immigrant (part Jewish, part Ghanaian), provide one of the finest educations in the world (Oxford), allow them to qualify as a lawyer then provide a good metropolitan living on TV, radio and as a columnist in one of the major national newspapers. Nor, of course, would a patriarchal one offer that to a woman. The very soapbox we’re being harangued from shows what drivel the contentions are.

It ain’t all perfect fer sure. But dang woman, we’re doing pretty bloody well compared to anywhere else.

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What melanin enhancement? She’s paler than most Spaniards ! Her father is white, her mother is a mixture. And she was accepted into the Royal family for heaven’s sake. Ok on a promise of good behaviour but still she was.

Esteban
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Confirmation bias combined with a need to blame someone else for everything that isn’t right in your own life is a pretty good recipe for finding “racism” or “sexism” everywhere.

Spike
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The Times has announced its “1619 Project,” a year-long effort to persuade that, from the arrival of slaves in 1619, the United States has no story to tell other than slavery; for example, that Independence was a (Northern) reaction to royal disapproval of (Southern) slavery.

The problem is that a Republican President, with tax-cut-fed prosperity, official disapproval of being on the suck, and a recent Executive Order that the able-bodied and childless actively seek work before welfare, is distracting Americans from grievances, dooming Democratic Party hopes.

Boganboy
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Weird!! I always thought it was because you didn’t want to pay taxes.

Carol
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Carol

The 1619 Project is based on lies, the claim that a ship of slaves arrived in Virginia, Maryland or what have you in 1619 is a lie, the ship had no slaves, only indentured servants, majority white, very few black ones. Indentured servants were people who couldn’t afford their passage (ship’s fare) who contracted to work 2 years for tradesman, artisans, farmers etc.. who paid in advance for their fare. Upon completion of their 2 years of work they were given money and other supplies to start themselves a business or just their new lives. The 1619 Project neglects to… Read more »

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John B

“Black Britons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out”,

And yet it is so bad that ‘Black Britons’ stay in droves.

There is no such thing as a Black Briton. Britons were the ones here before the Angles, Saxons and Jutes arrived, and none alive today. So British Blacks.

Arthur Dent
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Arthur Dent

Yes, its racist but nothing to do with colour, we dislike Ms Markle because she epitomises the self important, arrogant, woke American

Carol
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Carol

If you pay attention to history all that woke palaver originated in Europe and the UK among socialists. As a child in the 1960s I saw British lefty elites on tv or in the media spouting it

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Swannypol

Didn’t even know she was “BAME” until she started complaining that she was being persecuted for it. Ali G innit.

Boganboy
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Boganboy

I found the argument plausible that she’d have a better chance of adjusting to royal show business because, as an actress, she was already used to that sort of nonsense.

However she now seems to have morphed into a tantrum tossing bitch. Still, if she doesn’t like her present job, it makes sense for her to chuck it in and go back home.

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Dear Mr Worstall

Those column inches don’t write themselves. Recycling the same old stuff with the names changed is easy.

I assumed she was writing in The Guardian. Seems the Torygraph is competing for a smaller audience.

DP

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I’m no fan of Markle, and I have seen no racism in any of the criticism of Markle but as an American old enough to have been cognizant as a child of the sneering double standards and contempt from Brits toward the US in the 1960s-70s, I had to weigh in on this. Here are some inconvenient truths for you… the British press in the 1960s-70s sneered at the US for race relations, the past history of slavery, painting us as less than, and Britain as a paragon free of that… while stroking the egos of the precursors to the… Read more »

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Btw, I typed (sp?) as I wasn’t sure of the spelling of Mulroney, autocorrect changed it to (so?) and editing isn’t allowed