Prince William Says Racism Has ‘No Place in Society.' What About His Own Family?
Added 12-01-22 01:49:02am EST - “As the Lady Susan Hussey episode shows, racism still has a place in the aging entrails of the royal household?"and the family has been slow-walking their effort to deal with it.” - Thedailybeast.com
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As the Lady Susan Hussey episode shows, racism still has a place in the aging entrails of the royal household—and the family has been slow-walking their effort to deal with it.
Nobody should be surprised that the British royal household has yet to purge itself of people like Lady Susan Hussey, whose casual racism toward Ngozi Fulani, the Black founder of the charity Sistah Space has caused a firestorm.
Hussey was not a minor functionary. As a lady-in-waiting she became increasingly close to Queen Elizabeth over the last decades of her reign. Her treatment of Fulani sounded a lot like an interrogation by an impatient immigration officer, demanding to know her African origins, with Fulani finally having to make it clear to Hussey—in the face of a sneeringly rude barrage of questions—“I am of African heritage, Caribbean descent, and British nationality.”
The episode was, a palace spokesperson said, “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”—sounding very much like Captain Renault in the movie Casablanca, when Renault, played by Claude Rains, declares “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going in here” as a croupier surreptitiously hands him his winnings.
William and Kate landed in Boston Wednesday for their big U.S. trip—a glitzy, smiley American royal relaunch, they had hoped—as the scandal raged. And just as on their disastrous Caribbean tour, the criticism was made politely clear to their faces.
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