Meghan Markle and the Shitted Pants of White Supremacy

Jesus (and I mean Juheeesus!) Shitting Christ.

The UK is 100% racist. Stormzy was 100% right. Even though that’s not actually what he said, he was still 100% right.

And nobody is talking about it! Apart from to categorically deny it at the same time as telling black people who are talking about racism to shut the fuck up and be grateful for what they have… which is hella racist.

Just over a week into 2020 and the nation couldn’t help but ejaculate a month’s worth of pent up prejujizz all over itself.

Meghan Markle and her husband announced that they were stepping back as senior members of the royal family. And that was enough. That was enough to see the UK’s collective pants well and truly shat in a racially intolerant tantrum.

Before I properly get into this, I feel like a little context is required, so please, if you will…

At the age of 12, Meghan Markle’s husband, Prince Harry, had to walk through the streets of London behind a hearse carrying his mother’s dead body, while the entire world watched him do so on TV. At the age of 12.

Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, had been killed in a crash as she was chased through a tunnel in Paris by paparazzi. These photographers then took pictures of her while she was dying in the back seat.

In a BBC documentary, Harry’s brother William remembered that in the years before Diana’s death, photographers would wait in packs every time she went out.

“And I mean a pack, like a pack of dogs, followed her, chased her, harassed her, called her names, spat at her, tried to get a reaction to get that photograph of her lashing out, get her upset.”

I have no particular love for the royal family. I understand that the very nature of their lives means that they have to be lived in full view of the public. I also appreciate that they are more than handsomely compensated for that with nice new curtains, a never ending supply of free money, and not having to ever worry about going to jail for, you know, crimes.

This is far from a piece about feeling sorry for Harry and Meghan, but let’s understand why he, in particular, might have an issue with press intrusion.

On to Meghan Markle.

Meghan Markle’s problem is that she’s brown.

Now I imagine you’re already rolling your eyes and muttering something  about the race card – a bit like Lord Gammon himself, Piers Morgan, who wrote on twitter:

“This ‘it’s all racism’ defence of Meghan is so wrong & such a disgraceful smear on the British people who welcomed our first mixed-race royal with huge enthusiasm. Her racial background is not why she’s been criticised.”

And if you can’t bring yourself to agree with Piers, don’t worry, The Sun has got you covered:

“We are sick, though, of woke morons crying racism over press criticism of Meghan and Harry. It is ludicrous to conflate racist abuse on social media with legitimate newspaper scrutiny. The Sun always liked Harry, despite our ups and downs. We could not have been keener on Meghan or happier for them…”

Indeed, some of their best headlines are black.

Like come on though, for real? Let’s take a nostalgic look back at some of our favourite bits of ‘legitimate newspaper scrutiny’.

Like the time Megahn Markle touched her baby bump while pregnant.

Or the time Meghan Markle wore make up wrong.

Or the time Meghan Markle wore a dress wrong.

Or that other time Meghan Markle wore a dress wrong.

Or that time when Meghan Markle’s Avocado habit fuelled terrorism.

So if we’re honest about it, the pair’s decision to protect themselves and their family from an intrusive, hostile, racist press, hell bent on tearing them – and by them, I mean Markle in particular – down, is pretty goddammed reasonable really.

The response from the intrusive, hostile, racist press, hell bent on tearing them – and by them, I mean Markle in particular – down was as predictable as it was obvious as it was inherently racist. And it proved Meghan and Harry’s exact fucking point with the clarity of a Masterchef The Professionals consommé

“I’ve never met Meghan but I look at her and think ‘I don’t think I’d like you in real life.'” offered former voice of Biggleton, Eamonn Holmes, later describing her as “uppity”.

Meghan’s Grandmother-In-Law “had to suffer the repulsively rude indignity of being treated like a piece of insignificant dirt by her own spoiled brat grandson and his scheming, selfish D-list actress wife,” wrote Piers Morgan, a man who with unswerving regularity likes to soil himself for attention.

There’s loads more and I can’t be bothered to write them out here. Just fucking google it, yeah?

Where’s the racism though?

“But you’re still not explaining why any of this is racist!” I hear you weep with a slightly muffled voice as you rock back and forth, cradling your golliwog.

Look, you can point to all of these sorts of comments and say, “well, yeah, Shit-pants Morgan is right, where’s the racism?” And then when someone comes along and points out that the sustained, disproportionate, and downright unnecessary attacks aimed at this woman of colour might be indicative of an underlying culture of structural, systemic racism, you think “fuck’s sake, not this again, why do you always have to play the race card?”

Yes, why, why, why do you always have to play the race card? Why, though? Why?

First of all, you’re misunderstanding what racism actually is. When someone accuses people of racism for having a go at Meghan Markle, they’re not necessarily talking about calling her racist names. That would be obviously racist and no discussion would be needed (you’d think).

We need to explore the differences between prejudice, racism, and discrimination, which I can’t remember if I’ve written about in other posts, but will do so properly at some point.

“Racism isn’t about individual actions, although individual actions can be racist. Racism is a system.”

In short though, prejudice is the way we pre judge (duh!) people based on the social groups they belong to. We ALL do this ALL the time.

Discrimination is action based on this prejudice. So either overt (like violence) or more subtle (crossing the street to avoid someone you don’t like the look of which actually now that I think about it isn’t that subtle at all) actions.

Racism, however, is prejudice and discrimination PLUS the institutional power to maintain those forms of discrimination in more structural forms. Racism isn’t about individual actions, although individual actions can be racist. Racism is a system.

So what we’re seeing with Meghan Markle (and Dianne Abbot, as another example) is both the result of a system that allows the maintenance and reinforcement of racial prejudices and discrimination, and the fuel that keeps that shit going.

Perhaps some further explanation needed here. Race is constructed. It was invented to justify intolerable cruelty, and ideas about race have stuck. Notions of White Supremacy have persisted down through history to the point where they have become largely internalised and often unconscious.

“People of colour being elevated, or worse elevating themselves to positions of importance, challenge the ideology of White Supremacy that we’ve internalised.”

Look at all of popular culture – film, television, books, advertising, music, news – and notice the messages that continually shape our ideas about how we (all of us) see ourselves and other people. Those messages are ones that continually reinforce the superiority of whiteness.

  • White people are Hannibal and Face; Black people are BA Baracas
  • White people are Kelly Kapowski; Black people are Lisa Turtle.
  • White people are Ray, Egon, and Peter; Black people are Winston friggin’ Zedmore.

While White Supremacy might conjure up images of the KKK or those involuntarily celibate ass-hats in Charlottesville, it’s actually just an ideology that we have ALL been conditioned to accept and operate within on some level.

What the fuck has any of this got to do with Meghan Markle? Well just look at the level of vitriolic abuse that she, as a woman of colour in a position of privilege, has received from our press.

And that’s the kicker. It’s not necessarily about her being brown. It’s about that dangerous combination of being brown and successful. People of colour being elevated, or worse elevating themselves to positions of importance, challenge the ideology of White Supremacy that we’ve internalised.

It’s why white people so often bristle at the idea of Black History Month, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the success of Black Panther, and black athletes like Colin Kaepernick, or Serena, or Lebron having political opinions.

It’s why people like Stormzy, Lewis Hamilton, and Raheem Sterling are constantly vilified for doing entirely mundane things or for daring to have opinions.

This is just weird.

Black advancement is a threat because it disrupts internalised notions of either conscious (if you’re racist) or unconscious (if you’re not) white superiority.

The very idea of a mixed-race woman being allowed to become part of the royal family is the ultimate kick in the penis for ideas about white superiority. I won’t go into colourism or misogynoir in this post but if she’d been a few shades darker, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. There’s not a chance.

The Race Card

Accusing someone of ‘playing the race card’ is another form of either knowingly or unknowingly propping up racism. You’re basically saying to anyone mentioning racism, “I’m not interested in hearing what you have to say because I know all I need to know about racism. And more than that, my opinion as a white person (because it’s always white people) is more important than anything you have to say. There’s nothing to discuss here.”

And with that, you’re effectively preserving and perpetuating a racist system by shutting down voices who are attempting to highlight racial injustice. Characterising them as whiny, ungrateful… fuck it, like Eamonn said, “uppity”, is essentially rendering their voices unimportant.

You, as the white person, are declaring that you are determining the terms and conditions under which racism can be discussed, thus ensuring the continuation of your position of privilege and power within a racist system.

It’s “unfair” and “disgraceful” that white people should be attacked in such a way that they’re accused of racism, right? You won’t stand for it. If anything, you’re the victim for being accused of racism!

Robin Diangelo talks about the notion of White Fragility as a form of bullying and racial control – a way of maintaining ideas about White Supremacy. And that’s exactly what’s happening here.

Basically having massive fucking fit of the vapours when any talk of racism is mentioned is a way of saying backdafuckup and get back in your place.

Now. If you genuinely see yourself as someone who isn’t racist, ask yourself why it might be that you’re so unwilling to entertain discussions about racism? Why are you sick of them, or bored of them, or don’t want to hear them? What is it that you don’t want to hear? If you genuinely think of yourself as not racist, what are you afraid of?

Because if it’s that you might find out something about yourself or your thoughts or behaviours that you don’t like, or if you’re fearful that the way you see and experience the world isn’t actually how the world works for everyone, then you should know that being open to discovering that is a really wonderful thing.

It’s a starting point for being better and making the world a better place. There’s nothing to fear.

But only if, as you so fiercely claim, you’re not racist.

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33 thoughts on “Meghan Markle and the Shitted Pants of White Supremacy

  1. Telling a duchess to act like a duchess isn’t racism, it’s upholding a standard. This situation has nothing to do with race and no amount of screaming by the social media’s army of flying monkeys will change that. They need to dump the Obama/Oprah PR team, who specialize in race-baiting despite being examples of successful brown people, because contrary to what the media tries to portray, neither the Obamas or Oprah have much goodwill in the US. They also have a very tired playbook and I will offer a few examples of their most recent PR failures: Meghan is not Diana, telling Meghan to act according to her title is not racist, the Iraqi Embassy Bombing in Dec 2019 is not Benghazi, and US President Trump is not Richard Nixon. Screaming “white supremacy” isn’t making anyone feel guilty anymore, it opens our eyes so that we see the person screaming for the racist that they are. Now take your race baiting and crawl back to the Oprah / Obama delusional zone at CNN. The rest of us are fighting off hatchet attacks from the refugees we welcomed to our country, while paying for Me-Gain’s wokeness. That title isn’t hers to market. The Queen should take it back!

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    1. Well done on basically proving pretty much every point the author of the article made… And maybe you and the media should be a bit fucking less concerned about telling Meghan Markle “how to be a duchess” and a bit more concerned about telling Prince fucking Andrew not to hang around with nonces and invite them on jollies on private jets at the taxpayer expense.. You know, since we’re talking about “having standards here”. You utter melt..

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    2. And, in spite of the fact that no one asked, here are the “shitted-pants”, in full flow!

      It’s great to see that you have such a clear idea of the expected conduct of a Duchess – I frankly have no clue what that might be (or tbh give a shit!)

      The spectacularly missed point is the differentials in treatment – one Duchess (the popular white one) touches her baby bump. What a touching moment!

      Another (the uppity black woman) does it – fucking leave it alone! You virtue-signalling grandstander!! Some of my best friends are babies – I don’t go around constantly touching them!!

      Take yourself off for a lie down sweetheart! It sounds like you’ve got yourself all worked up! 🤣

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    3. Oh Richard. Did you not see the side by side tabloid headlines in the article showing Kate & Meghan doing or wearing similar things but being treated very differently?

      Also, did you miss the bit where Harry and Meghan have said ‘Thanks but no thanks, we’d rather step back as senior royals’? Queen doesn’t need to take away their pocket money. They’re off, and they’ve told the public they don’t need their purse!

      You’re kind of basically doing exactly what the authors taken so much time and effort to explain in the blog… it’s almost funny except that it’s this sort of ignorance that fuelled the situation in the first place. 🤦🏽‍♀️

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  2. I don’t really get the faux surprise of your opening lines. I mean, come on, this is the country that decided to trash its own economic future, its citizens’ rights and its youth because of its inherent racism.

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  3. Thank you for this piece. Can you help me understand his better?

    The media’s appalling treatment of Meghan Marle is clear, even though I don’t read tabloids and am not especially interested in the royal family. The race connection is not obvious to me though. What I mean is: if Harry had married a white woman, who was an American actress, divorced, with an estranged father, would the British press treat her better? If he had married a black or mixed race British woman, from a more “wholesome” family (as the press see it), would they treat her better? So what I’m asking is, do you think this is just about race, or is race just one factor?

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    1. My thoughts too. I’m not saying it isn’t racism, but I still think the prejudice would come through if she were white. It’s the whole ‘you’re not what we were expecting; you’re different from us, so we don’t like you’. When will people learn to appreciate the diverse nature of the human race?

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  4. I would just like to say that there are some of us – far fewer than I would like – who didn’t vote to leave the EU, who like, or have no objection to, Meghan Markle and have no feelings at all about her and Harry leaving the senior royal life, who do think she’s been treated appallingly by the British tabloids (total double standard between her and Kate). I’d be very happy to have a discussion about racism. I’m white so I can’t promise to be an expert but I’m horrified at the way this country seems to be devolving back to its racist past. I would love to have the British press subject to some tighter laws regarding their behaviour – although sadly the free speech argument is also powerful. I know it won’t make you feel any better but there are white people in this country who would like to see the back of systemic as well as overt racism. Anyway, this whole thing makes me sad and angry. And people like Piers Morgan and Richard above don’t speak for me – at all.

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  5. BLACK, WHITE BROWN MUSLIM YELLOW CHRISTIAN JEW HINDU SIKH AETHIEST EUROPEAN AFRICAN ASIAN ARSENEL CHELSEA TOTTEHAM MILWALL RANGERS CELTIC
    POOR MIDDLE CLASS RICH VERY RICH MASTER SERF IRISH SCOTS WELSH JAMAICAN WERE ALL JOCK THOMPSOMS BAIRNS BUT NOT TO SOME!!!

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  6. interesting article! I would liked you to have backed up your opinion with a broader range of newspapers other than the two most bigotted examples. Britain is indeed very racist, I feel this more so after the election results but it comes from everywhere. I saw a North African man calling a man a Bangladeshi f**** the other day. You would hope that immigrants would at least have a collective understanding of being othered..
    Sad times..

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      1. I think what Claire is highlighting is the fact that not only do you not need to be white to be a racist but also that just because you aren’t white doesn’t mean that what you say isn’t racist. This entire thread highlights those facts.

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  7. Being ex-military, brexiter white person you would probably hang me on the spot. But this is because of your prejudice not mine. I’m on a few ex-military sites and the very vast majority of vets support both Harry and Meghan and sympathise with both of them. These same people would still (even though no longer serving) lay down their lives if necessary to protect them, yet these are people you call racist. Almost none of us come from a privileged background and some are coloured (various) and yet we would stand side by side with those of us we call brother and sister. Yet these are the people you say are white supremacists and have white privilege. Please start to understand that when you say 100% of people in this country are racist this isn’t a reflection of them but of your prejudice. Very few people have a problem with Meghan and Harry wanting to step back or do they agree with the way the UK press treat people especially considering what happened to Princess Diana. The only negatives people have a problem with is the Hypocrisy they showed. The British public can not be told to staycation by someone who flies cars half way across the world for a tour or be told they want less press intrusion but then court press attention into their private lives. This has very little to do with race and everything to do with hypocrisy.

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  8. Oh, thank you.
    You wrote down some of your ideas.
    For me.

    The big 3…Imperialism, appropriation, racism.
    Brown people developed, wait, invented my wheel the uppity bastards.
    Right then, the WHEEL. I shall take credit for discovering that most important discovery whilst on my recent foray from my fetid shores.

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  9. I havent read this piece but know the topic. This word , race, is that, if you use words in the negative you only inspire those that you’re protesting or commenting on.
    Why can you not get a webpage up for Afro-Carribbeans. Because we’re being pronouced as ‘That Colour’. Impositive.
    Always keep your identity by knowing it’s not BLACK to others who use it, it’s NOT WHITE. So don’t use that colour to pronounce us. Say you’re Afro-Carribean or African-American. Was Martin Luther King African American? Yes, but was that term announced in his day? No, so progress should us to pronounce ourselves as we see fit. Otherwise you start saying things like White People, Black People, Chinese People, etc in a sentence which just generalised people groups, injects tension in that you are making a racially motivated statement and basically show that you have’nt caught up with societal diversities, which include such a compendium of denominations that it’s really impostive to make reference to race anyway. There is no BLACK race. There is no WHITE race. There’s a Turkish race, A French race, A Bolivian race, A Somali race, Nigerian, Japanese and so on. Why? because in the modern each country represents a race or people. In fact, better to endorse the word PEOPLE than the word race. As soon as you endorse the word race you start talking in race terms, and before you know it you’re thinking racist thoughts; you may make a racist comment or even worse do something in a racist frame of mind – no matter your biological make-up.

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  10. Well written.
    I’m sorry for all the asshats who are telling you that you are wrong.
    Also wanted to say that “uppity” has long been a word white ppl have called black & brown ppl who have “gone above their station.” It alone is a hella racist word.

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