— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) April 23, 2019
I had posted this last night but saved it in the draft. I just heard a story about a Bursar of a Cambridge College telling an *Asian* lighting Engineer that he should watch out with the lighting because otherwise you can’t see “black people in the dark except for their teeth.”
When the Engineer complained he lost the contract; I didn’t hear this story from him/her but from a white person observing the proceeding. The university simply shut down the incident since the Bursar is “ex-army”, is a good lad and this was one of the Royal Colleges.
The institutional classism, sexism and racism embedded in the upper echelons of British (and I suspect most European societies) means that the Elite won’t reflect “mainstream society for generations.”
There is a rumour now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning to move to Africa after the birth of their first child. While I welcome the move towards a more modern and streamlined monarchy, it reflects the antipathy and envy that Prince William has towards his biracial sister-in-law. His younger brother, who made a bold choice in his marriage (essentially marrying the black Wallis Simpson), is now pursuing his own destiny.
I have often thought that it would be much better for the Minor Royals, who are not in the line of succession, to disperse throughout the Commonwealth. The Second Elizabethan age resulted in a fearful and passive monarchy, which has essentially allowed events to pass it by.