Is Britain Institutionally Racist?
The Sh*t Show of Racism!
People can feel as if they are racist these days for not integrating much, or by having no friends outside their group comprised of the same ethnicity.
The United Kingdom does have it's share of Danny Bakers; the disgraced broadcaster who compared the Sussex's newborn baby to a monkey in a picture he posted on twitter.
Sasha Johnson's voice stood against racism via Black Live's Matter. Someone filmed her and posted her baiting violence and verbally abusing a black man in social media. The woman was clearly intimidating him with a racially loaded name denoting a black person who is culturally more like white people—doesn't this imply all white people are the same? Perhaps Russians also brew Guinness and Australians like cheese running?
When hypocrisy and bias are present, racism always comes across worse! Attempts to allocate a specific ancestral, national or cultural origin of racism is futile. The general idea is to blame white people for the horrors the committed against black people. Stepping back for a moment we can see the bigger picture. Numerous factors come into play, such as sexual matters, religious hatred or misogyny, mental health issues or intimate relationships etcetera. The crown prosecution service (2022) said, 'many members of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities and faith communities do not report racist or religious crime to the police because of low confidence in the criminal justice system.
Moving out of Britain for a moment, consider the racially discriminatory evictions that occurred in African countries under Robert Mugabe. He deliberately changed land ownership rules in Zimbabwe against the interests of the majority of white farmers. This is reminiscent of the Windrush scandal under Teresa May, in Britain; again, this highlights our collective human deficiency of morality. Idi Amin ridded himself of many Indian and Pakistani citizens and famously said Hitler was right. Google images show him demeaning his white subordinates. The communist Vietnamese expelled their French citizens. Societal hierarchy, power is the beast. Today, classist discriminatory thinking only serves to widen the poverty gap in the UK, genuinely, social equality won't thrive with our racial segregation and poorly trained, low paid jobs; these things are political strings sometimes pulled in parliament. The right wing continue to reduced the humanity of its illegal immigrants, which appears racial, given the number of people of colour, but there isn't a ethnic criteria to be an immigrant.
However, it is good to know that policies for apartheid, edicts of expulsion are unlikely to be drafted when the equality act (2010) and the Race Relations act (2000) exist. The abolition of slavery act (1835) was only recently paid off. Race is a protected characteristic in the U.K. The country has it's share of multi-cultural tension. Sadly, inequality continues to grow; education figures show that the children of white working class families have been under prioritised, this is institutional racism. In health care, Black women in maternity units had higher death rates than non-black expectorates; this was not sufficiently addressed in time.
The crown prosecution define racism as:
'Any incident/crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or perceived race'
'Any incident/crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's religion or perceived religion.'
In everyday language do these definitions mean you can phone the police on anyone of a different background if they have been rude to you, or do only serious racial slurs suffice? If British justice is chasing up many perceived racial hostility, when will unfair accusations drain police provision? How would Harry and Meghan look:
Racist art in the Palace.
Episode three claims racist art is in the Palace, but according to reporters, all of the items shown are situated elsewhere:
York Mansion House,
The National Trust,
The Cliveden Estate,
Wentworth Castle in South Yorkshire,
Dyrham Park, Gloucs.
Historian Afua Hirsch says, “If you go into a palace or a stately home or anywhere that represents tradition you are likely to be faced with racist imagery.” She informed millions of viewers that the murals and statues “glorify the institution of slavery”. How is this not liable or racist? Classism and equality seem to have their own rules.
If false vexatious racial accusations lead to legal action or psychological stress why shouldn't they be considered a crime? Historians seen in Harry and Meghan's docu-series may well have portrayed the Commonwealth as the new colonial-esque empire but, Meghan Markle's wedding veil was decorated with flowers representing the Commonwealth, countries to which she was to become a willing servant.
With respect to the Sussex's, they once presided over Queen Elizabeth's Commonwealth Trust; equality of gender and support of it's youth was central to the job, but then, their Netflix historians pushed opposing views to the fact finding; both can't be correct—the Sussex's wouldn't have knowingly presided over a regime they knew was racist or colonial. They never stood for empire 2.0. Be that as it is, they did feel vexatious at the monarchy.
The focus of the Commonwealth is to maintain peace and to facilitate trade between member countries. It values democracy, promotes cooperation on environmental and economic issues, and finally, when a leader dies they vote for the next one. They all chose to vote for King Charles III.
Out of all the 56 independent members, 36 are republics.
It begs the question: why would the Sussex's go to such great lengths with a Netflix PR production to smear the Monarchy, but, at the same time, withhold direct conversation with a senior royal who they perceived as racially hostile? What sort of message does this send to people who stand up against racism?