Sunday, January 11, 2009

Royal behaving badly

Princess Diana must surely be turning over in her grave - or at very least - feel disappointed in her son's incredibly poor behavior vis-a-vis foreigners that recently came to light.

Prince Harry has been the "bad boy" for a long time now and we have all given him grace - myself included - knowing that he has experienced serious trauma as a result of the untimely death of his beloved mother.

That stated, it is clear from his statements that the Prince is a racist - those comments were not taken out of context - he did not just suddenly become enlightened and recognize the folly of his choice of verbiage - he is simply a racist.

Here is an excerpt from the story: "Britain's opposition Conservative Party leader David Cameron said Harry's comments undermined work to root out racism from the country's armed forces. "It is obviously a completely unacceptable thing to say," Cameron told the BBC.
Harry is purported to have made the remarks in 2006 during a visit to Cyprus to carry out training exercises with fellow military cadets. In the video, Harry is heard to refer to one colleague as "our little paki friend" — using a derogatory term for people of Pakistani origin.
In a second clip, Harry is heard to call another cadet — who was wearing a headscarf — a "raghead." The newspaper said that the video was filmed by other cadets and supplied to the newspaper.
Mohammed Shafiq, director of the Ramadan Foundation — a British Muslim youth organization — said the comments are likely to offend people both in Britain and Pakistan.
"Harry, as a public figure, must ensure that he promotes equality and tolerance and this rant, whether today or three years ago, is sickening and he should be thoroughly ashamed of himself," Shafiq said."

Here is a link to the story:

Having grown up in London, England, I know first hand of the sense of entitlement and superiority that white British people tend to have over their fellow residents who happen to hail from former colonies. I distinctly recall on many occasions being taunted on the street and being admonished to "Go back to Africa, you jungle bunny!" London remains one of the most segregated cities and likely will always be - there is still a glass ceiling in place - in much the same way as there was when my beloved parents came from Jamaica in the 60's. Much has changed and much has remained the same.

If a conservative leader is enlightened to recognize the danger in Harry's remarks, then we are in big trouble vis-a-vis race relations in England, indeed the world. What if Diana had married the Pakistani doctor she met after her divorce? Would Harry have been more enlightened then? We cannot all have the blessing of an interracial marriage, such as my children - in order to remind ourselves that our race is not the superior one - indeed, the HUMAN race is the superior race.

Prince Harry is old enough to know better and given that he speaks for the entire Royal Family and represents them on the world stage, he should really choose his words more carefully.

Is he sorry he said the words, or sorry he got caught? I suspect it is a combination of the two.

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