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Thread #167159   Message #4028761
Posted By: Steve Shaw
17-Jan-20 - 12:52 PM
Thread Name: BS: Harry and Meghan
Subject: RE: BS: Harry and Meghan
I agree with all that. You can, in theory, criticise Meghan without being racist. But I submit that the one single thing that we know for sure about her is that she's black and foreign. We have no special insights as to her character (and you most decidedly won't get such insights from our media). We haven't met her in person and we are not privy to the intimate details of her relationships with the other royals (who haven't, let's face it, all got squeaky clean reputations as to their dealings with others themselves). As you say, we haven't got special knowledge of her family life, and there are invariably two sides to family stories, and you're not going to get a particularly balanced view as an outsider.   

All the same considerations apply to Kate Middleton. The one single thing we know for sure about her is that she's white English. Now take a look at the contrast between how our press treats these two women. John's link to the Stuff.nz site is well worth scrutinising. Generally, the white English woman is lionised and glorified. The black foreign woman is demonised and can't put a foot right. If the only thing you know for sure about Meghan is that she's black, the rest being hearsay only, and you excoriate her, you're racist. Unarguable, I'd say.