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Queen and royal family support Black Lives Matter movement, says senior aide

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Kenneth Olisa, the first Black lord-lieutenant of London, told Britain’s Channel 4 that race had become a “hot conversation topic” among the royal family. By Rhea Mogul, NBC News — From the soccer pitch to Buckingham Palace, the racial reckoning that occurred in the wake of George Floyd’s death has been felt across Britain. Amid social media abuse of sporting stars and bombshell interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Queen Elizabeth II has remained largely silent on the issue that has engulfed…

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Imperial Reckoning: Britannica, Racism, Markle, Prince Harry, and Oprah

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By Milton G. Allimadi — We’ve all known that Empire historically epitomized virulent racism that many pretended was a thing of the past. The Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview with Oprah Winfrey removed the veil of plausible deniability. The couple’s frank talk pierced the shield. It’s also fitting that Markle and Winfrey, both women of African ancestry, are playing a role in bringing much needed scrutiny of the royal family….

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White Monarchy Nearly Killed Meghan Markle. It Has Killed Countless Others.

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By Eisa Nefertari Ulen — Racism enters Black bodies. Enduring racial discrimination lowers heart rate variability and increases heart rates. Racism is fight or flight. The internalization of anti-Black racism accelerates biological aging by shortening telomeres, the protein DNA structures at the end of each chromosome, and so racism causes early death. Black folk carry the allostatic load of racism, meaning the stress of racism is a burden so great, it disrupts the immune, endocrine…

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Black Britons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out

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It’s the racism. By Afua Hirsch, NYT — The British press has succeeded in its apparent project of hounding Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, out of Britain. The part it perhaps didn’t bargain for, however, is the loss of Prince Harry — a much loved royal and a key part of the family’s global brand — along with her. In a statement released this week, the couple said they want to “carve out…

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The British Royal Wedding, Feelgoodism and the Colonial Jumbie

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Tyehimba Salandy, Trinicenter — Ten years ago, British ‘royalty’, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the Caribbean and locals prostrated before them. Local leaders made arrangements for them to play the Steelpan and the sacred Rastafarian Nyabinghi drums. Leslie from Africaspeaks.com wrote an insightful article titled Royal Visit Highlights Lingering Colonialism that brought attention to the dynamics of colonialism in this visit. This article is as relevant today as it…

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Meghan Markle's wedding was a rousing celebration of blackness

Meghan Markle’s wedding was a rousing celebration of blackness

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By allowing her wedding to be more than a pageant of tradition, Markle has started as I hope she means to go on. By Afua Hirsch, The Guardian — Prince Charles walks Meghan Markle down aisle to marry Prince Harry – video Sometimes Twitter is capable of poetry. In this case, I read it between the lines, on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Windsor, in the juxtaposition of two separate…

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What Meghan Markle means to black Brits

What Meghan Markle means to black Brits

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After she marries Prince Harry, the royal family will look a bit more like modern Britain. By Karla Adam and William Booth, The Washington Post —  LONDON — Jean Carter had never bothered to come out for a royal appearance before. But when Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, made a visit to Brixton this year, Carter bought a bouquet and weathered a chilly afternoon waiting for a glimpse…

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