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Saturday 20 May was to be a day of staggered events.  The Royal Wedding in the morning and the FA Cup Final in the afternoon.

I’d not be attending either but, staggering towards my breakfast, I clicked on the radio for a timecheck and was staggered in another way. 
Some woman on R4  told me the happy couple were gonna have “Stand by me” played as they exchanged rings and this showed the influence of the bride’s afro american heritage.
I count this as institutionalised racism at the Beeb.   

If it’d been “Darkie Sunday School”, fair enough, but  “Stand by me” is near the top of everybody’s hit list.  It is the simplest of tunes with the simplest of words, and so affecting that Ben E King could’ve  retired after that, spent the money on girls and horses, and still have coins jingling in his pockets.

Bundled in with “Stand by me”  was “Amen”  (a gospel song), and a Martin Luther King quote on love.

To underline my point, here’s a bunch of blokes from Bristol singing “Amen”.   The influence of their afro american heritage shining through.    

The MLK quote is from a sermon called “Loving your enemies”  which, as Meghan Markle was marrying a soldier in uniform, seemed a little incongruous.

Dr King, taking the teaching of Jesus for that sermon, called for non violent, mass resistance in the struggles of oppressed people around the world.  And in the struggle for the emancipation of the american negro. 
He pointed out the oppression of colonialism, imperialism and the economic system, which produced such a great  gap between rich and poor.

You don’t hear much about his ideas for reforming the economy.  They don’t sit easy with the way we run ours.  His values are our core values but our practice is the antithesis of them.

Returning to her afro american heritage.  To know someone’s nationality and observe their complexion and then make assumptions about their heritage is racism.
I expect Meghan Markle’s cultural heritage also includes Britney Spears and Daria.  Same for a lot of people who like all of the above.

I also don’t think it helps to substitute colour for race.  Black and white, it’s the language of Apartheid.  If we use the language of Apartheid we perpetuate it and it insinuates into our thinking.

(See also B.J. Whorf )

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