White Silence is Violence.
On Sunday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down with Oprah, and when they stood up again, the entire White, Anglo world was shook. This is not because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said anything outrageously unbelievable, or even anything out of the ordinary, oh no. Instead what they had to say was far more commonplace, more normal than it should ever be. It was a timeless complaint that remains ever upon the lips of Black People, and the White people who love Black People; it was simply so remarkable because this time the people complaining just so happened to be Royalty. Or something like that.
The fall-out since the revelatory interview the couple gave to Oprah Winfrey has been so predictable, so arrogant, and so lacking in the least bit of self-awareness or empathy, that it actually proves the point the American Royals were making: The Brits have a racism problem nearly on par with our own hate-fest of anti-blackness, they simply don’t talk about it. Eagerly, they attempt to enforce their “Stiff Upper Lip,” even going so far as to try to demand the descendants of those African Humans whose lands they colonized, bodies they commoditized, and whose value they capitalized, silence themselves lest they be ostracized.
One thing I can do in the wake of this drama is to give white people five pieces of advice on how not to behave if they ever want to not be considered a big part of the problem when it comes to racism and white supremacy.
First up is Sharon Osborne and her incessant self centeredness when feeling confronted by the fact that her friend Piers Morgan is a racist, and that her support for him while he’s being so racist actually makes her racist too. So……
Never ever ever fucking do this shit.
1.You’re Either Racist or You’re Actively Anti-Racist.
“I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair…” This is so utterly fucked up and fragile. A white woman who experiences exactly zero racism in her life is playing the victim on race again, just like every single other time racism rears its’ wretched head. White people know racism is wrong, they know it’s bad, they know it’s as common as rainy day in Seattle. There are racist acts going on everywhere they look, yet they themselves never actually know anyone who is racist. Therefore, whenever one of their friends is accused of racism by Black people, they quickly turn up to defend them. And when Black people invariably push back, said white person immediately becomes the “real” victim, going so far as to imagine extreme illness or state sanctioned murder coming to take them away. As if they were the very same Black people who they themselves never rush out to defend when their friends are racially abusive. When you are not willing to push back against your own friends when they are being racist stank twats, how the fuck can we depend on you to call out systemic racism? How can we even trust you? If you can’t bring yourself to actively fight racism, racism will never ever end. And it’s all your fault.
How about this?
2. Stop fucking defending your racist ass friends whenever Black People complain about them. Just shut the fuck up and eat your food.
Using reddish paper to apologize is insanely tacky and should never be done
This red “paper” isn’t even racist, it’s simply tacky as all fuck. Please just use the regular Caucasian colored paper you’d normally use when giving yourself a pass, okay? The words written there seem to be simply some more of that same old self serving Pablum we get from wannabe woke whites at first take. I get that she’s not a bad person, and I don’t really like what she wrote, yet on a second reading I felt like it had an air of honesty that’s been missing from Piers, the Meghan and Harry haters, and the Royal Family.
Speaking of the royal family…
3. Stop Invalidating Claims of Racism Made by Black People.
How the fuck would this dorkass know if the family is racist or has racist elements? Racists often save their racist shit up and deliver it to Black people up close and out loud. As a Prince, and a white man married to the whitest woman in England, William never has to actually experience one fucking bit of racism, ever. So, when he steps out of his lane to deny the claim that anything racist ever happened in that family, he is actually siding with white supremacy, and in the process, covertly attempting to silence his brother and Meghan Markle. I think we found the guy who fretted over baby Archie’s skin color. Or Colour, as they say. What speaks the loudest to me is not what he said, but what he couldn’t bring himself to say: “How terrible! I wish I had known she was experiencing this harm, it’s unacceptable, and I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help.” That’s what people who are not racist say, William, they speak out, they never remain silent.
The silence from strangers witnessing me deal with a racist Grocer, Cab driver, or even a cop, is extremely painful. I cannot imagine if it we’re my own family standing there staring at their feet, pretending nothing is wrong, feeding the press negative info about me to cover up their affairs, and not ever once defending me against untrue claims. Perhaps I would end up crying a great deal, isolating myself, falling into a depression, and end up feeling suicidal.
4. No Lives Matter Until Black Lives Matter.
Of the family, only the Queen gave a statement that even nodded at empathy. The remainder of that royal family who never spoke up for Meghan before continued not speaking up for her. Even William, once so close to his younger brother, has continued the silence, the distance between the two Princes has become immense. As of yesterday, William still hadn’t reached out, the only outreach he had done up to that point was to the press. That was when he gave himself a public “reach around,” and jizzed out his foolish denials of racism in a family of colonizers who hold wealth stripped from their darkest of former colonies, and have yet to bring themselves to return any of it.
Eventually all debts become due. The sun once never set on the British empire, yet today, the same empire that spread white, Anglo supremacy around the globe is faced with a fragile Commonwealth. Indeed, Barbados has already decided to leave and become a republic of some sort, and other Commonwealth nations appear to be considering making the same move. Black people in those places where the Royals were once feted and genuflected to are fed up with being tied to a state that denies the harm they’ve caused to the very people who enriched them so well. Why should they continue supporting a Crown that so invalidates the Black experience? They should not. It’s not Black people’s job to prop up white bullshit.
5. Ignorance is a Choice.
Playing up white victimhood over racism against Black People is racist.
Morgan quote tweeted Osbourne’s post and said: “Sharon’s been shamed & bullied into apologising for defending me against colleagues accusing me of racism because I don’t believe Meghan Markle’s bullsh*t. This is where we’ve reached. I demand an apology from those @TheTalkCBS bullies for their disgraceful slurs against ME.”
The best thing to come out of this whole show has been the complete and total self-cancellation of Piers Morgan. Piers, much like Sharon, could have simply shut the fuck up, ate his food, and kept his damn job. But, his blind ignorance and total and complete lack of self evaluation led him to the point of no return. After years of attacking Meghan Markle with zeal and fervor, Piers was unable to read the room; it had always gone fairly well for him to attack Black. Yet this time his choice to not educate himself has actually managed to harm him, and I cannot think of a more deserving, hateful, fucked up, and ignorant racist than Piers Morgan. Okay, besides Glenn Grothman.
Until next time…