“The Royal Family is an institution rooted in colonialism, White supremacy and racism. The legacy is right there.”
Shola Mos-Shagbamimu (Good Morning Britain)
Rolfe Commissiong was the Progressive Labour Party MP for Pembroke South East (Constituency 21) between December 2012 and August 2020, and the former chairman of the joint select committee considering the establishment of a living wage
“The British slave trade ended in 1807, and slavery in 1833. However, racism would not end with abolition: it was far too valuable. Racism became the handmaiden to the empire. The mythology of race, and White superiority, would become a major ingredient in the establishment of British imperialism. And this template of bigotry and prejudice still permeates British society today.”
Rachel C.Boyle (The Guardian)
Have you not noticed that the worst thing you can call an actual racist today, like some of those who camp out on a daily basis in the comments sections, is racist?
But with the recent revelations that have come out of the interview given by the former Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, to uber interviewer Oprah Winfrey, may I advance the view that we need to focus less on the contemporary, interpersonal expressions of racism and interrogate the historic, systemic and structural manifestations of White supremacy and one of its chief by products — White privilege.
Naturally, all of the above is inextricably tied to Black disadvantage, marginalisation and the…