Queen Elizabeth banned ‘coloured immigrants or foreigners’ from office work

State Opening Of Parliament 2021

You guys, I’m starting to think that Buckingham Palace is never going to give us an update on that “diversity tsar” they promised to hire. Remember that? In March of this year, they were suddenly incredibly keen to announce their plans to hire a diversity tsar, and of course none of it had anything to do with their decades of racism or their more recent racist bullsh-t with the Duchess of Sussex. Weird how we haven’t heard anything else about the diversity tsar in the two months-plus since the initial announcement. It’s almost like it was just a little diversion PR with zero follow-through, because of course these a–holes couldn’t even be expected to actually hire someone to help them be less racist. Speaking of, the Guardian has discovered that Queen Elizabeth’s courtiers banned brown and Black folks from working in clerical roles throughout the 1950s and 1960s. I would think that the ban is likely still in place.

The Queen’s courtiers banned “coloured immigrants or foreigners” from serving in clerical roles in the royal household until at least the late 1960s, according to newly discovered documents that will reignite the debate over the British royal family and race. The documents also shed light on how Buckingham Palace negotiated controversial clauses – that remain in place to this day – exempting the Queen and her household from laws that prevent race and sex discrimination.

The papers were discovered at the National Archives as part of the Guardian’s ongoing investigation into the royal family’s use of an arcane parliamentary procedure, known as Queen’s consent, to secretly influence the content of British laws. They reveal how in 1968, the Queen’s chief financial manager informed civil servants that “it was not, in fact, the practice to appoint coloured immigrants or foreigners” to clerical roles in the royal household, although they were permitted to work as domestic servants.

It is unclear when the practice ended. Buckingham Palace refused to answer questions about the ban and when it was revoked. It said its records showed people from ethnic minority backgrounds being employed in the 1990s. It added that before that decade, it did not keep records on the racial backgrounds of employees.

In the 1960s government ministers sought to introduce laws that would make it illegal to refuse to employ an individual on the grounds of their race or ethnicity. The Queen has remained personally exempted from those equality laws for more than four decades. The exemption has made it impossible for women or people from ethnic minorities working for her household to complain to the courts if they believe they have been discriminated against.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace did not dispute that the Queen had been exempted from the laws, adding that it had a separate process for hearing complaints related to discrimination. The palace did not respond when asked what this process consists of.

The exemption from the law was brought into force in the 1970s, when politicians implemented a series of racial and sexual equality laws to eradicate discrimination. The official documents reveal how government officials in the 1970s coordinated with Elizabeth Windsor’s advisers on the wording of the laws.

[From The Guardian]

“Completely shocking,” cried absolutely no one. Even today, you’re more likely to see people of color working as palace domestic staff or kitchen staff as opposed to working in any of the office positions. Let’s be real, that’s still very common across the board in Fortune 500 companies, law firms and powerful organizations. The difference is that the Queen and the old white men who control her are supposed to be symbolic of the diverse, multifaith, multiethnic society which Liz nominally “rules.” Instead, Buckingham Palace and the British monarchy have symbolized the significant layers within the legacy of colonialism.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is shown documents as she visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019.

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  1. TheOriginalMia says:

    I was hoping you saw this on twitter. Well, well, well…The very not racist family seems to have implemented some very racist and discriminatory practices. And…exempted themselves from being checked.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      I saw this online too and came here to see if CB was covering it!

      Totally shocked the BRF has an exemption from racial discrimination laws too! Like the other ‘exemptions’ weren’t enough.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Shock, shock, horror, horror NOT. Every day, they keep proving that Meghan told the truth.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      No wonder they announced a 4 day holiday for the peasants today.

      • GRUEY says:

        Thank you Celebitchy for keeping tabs on these empty promises about things like a Diversity Tsar. They tend to go down the memory hole, but the fact that they were so blatantly cynical and empty is such damning evidence that these assholes are just nasty bigots.

      • Hannah says:

        Jubilee announcement today one year in advance, was clearly a deflection.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      And yet, white people everywhere continue to defend that family as “not racist,” they are merely bound in “tradition” and “dignity” and therefore cannot make public statements defending themselves from racist accusations. Seriously, I’ve heard people say that. Every time I point out something racist, they deflect and change the focus to how hard the royal family works, and how they cannot make political statements so crazy Megan stans make up lies knowing the family cannot respond. I don’t think those people will ever face reality, because they don’t want to. So the royal family can continue on without worry about losing their fans.

      • Jen says:

        They are very much not a racist family! William told us so!

      • Fawsia says:

        Is that in Egland? The rest of the world is side eying them and their courtiers. The fact that some white folks are defending them tells you that the family is a mascot for white supremacy. They won’t be able to get away with that as long as they want to rule the predominantly Black and Brown CW countries.

    • bettyrose says:

      I’m not defending racism in the RF because we have examples as recently as like today but the 1960s? I’m an American and would be hard pressed to find any employer in that time period that wasn’t racist because there were no laws against it, so I’m not going to bother with outrage over shit that happened before the 70s.

      • A says:

        I think a better question is what concrete evidence do we have that this family, the head and protectors of the Commonwealth, have changed and improved themselves from the 1960s? They are still using the shady monarch’s consent rules to obfuscate their wealth and (racial, classist, divinely-given) privilege. They still protect the interests of individual family members (Andrew, the Kents) ahead of the changing nature of the country over which they rule. And that’s before discussing the Meghan Markle situation.
        The point isn’t to excoriate them over stuff in the past for the sake of it. It’s to hold the people who claim to be leaders by birthright accountable for how they treat people.

      • ABritGuest says:

        The Guardians article said it’s not clear when the ban ended as the palace is refusing to say but only have started maintaining records of POC staff from the 90s. So in theory could have been in place until Charles hired that black press Secretary in the 90s. Also the exemption from anti discrimination legislation that the palace required to give consent to the legislation is still in place today.

        Given things like this but the royal family’s history as some of the literal first slave owners, William’s blanket denial that they were very much not a racist family was always going to haunt him. The statesman needs more training.

      • bettyrose says:

        I hear you guys but many employers are still racist AF but have to be more clever about it because of laws. The RF is totally racist. You can’t be Catholic or Jewish and marry into the RF. There’s no official ban on being Black which isn’t a religion and, conveniently, there aren’t a huge amount of Black members of the Church of England – But, uh, anyone have doubts about how the RF feels on Black spouses? I guess I’m just saying that the Anglo world pre civil rights was barely civilized. Post civil rights, still very racist but let’s not waste time on shit that happened in the 60s when there’s so much to address in current times.

      • Nic919 says:

        The biggest issue here is that they made themselves above the law when it came to laws about discrimination, and those continue today. The practical aspects of whether or not they hired racialized persons since the 60s is trickier, but outside of the equerry only hired in 2017 and the secretary who quit after being called the n word, it doesn’t seem like they reversed this ban until fairly recently.

      • Sue S says:

        The story, as originally broken by the Guardian, makes clear the discrimination continued for much longer. They claim they can’t give an exact year as they didnt record diversity in hiring practices, but they can only identify hiring BIPOC administrative staff in the 1990s

      • Deering24 says:

        bettyrose—past is always prologue. Knowing the roots of this kind of garbage helps us know how to fight it. You can’t just cut history into slices and act like those are unconnected.

      • AnonyCat says:

        They are still exempt to racial discrimination laws.

        Quoting from the article:
        “The documents also shed light on how Buckingham Palace negotiated controversial clauses – that remain in place to this day – exempting the Queen and her household from laws that prevent race and sex discrimination [...] The exemption was extended to the present day when in 2010 the Equality Act replaced the 1976 Race Relations Act, the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act and the 1970 Equal Pay Act. For many years, critics have regularly pointed out that the royal household employed few black, Asian or minority-ethnic people.

        A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The royal household and the sovereign comply with the provisions of the Equality Act, in principle and in practice. This is reflected in the diversity, inclusion and dignity at work policies, procedures and practices within the royal household.

        ‘Any complaints that might be raised under the act follow a formal process that provides a means of hearing and remedying any complaint.’ The palace did not respond when asked if the monarch was subject to this act in law.”

        So this isn’t Wow in the 70s they discriminated real hard and maybe they aren’t up to par to the standards that we would like for them to have but ya know. This is SINCE the 1960s, the Royal households have been exempt from EVER having discrimination complaints dealt with through the court of law. AND that is VERY troublesome.

      • Fawsia says:

        Girl, read the article. It says that they are exempt from the law that protects minority rights as of today. They are not only a family. They are part of the government and they are supported by the taxpayers, all of the taxpayers including the Black and Brown ones. Yes, you are excusing racism.

    • A says:

      No need to worry. The Cambridges will YouTube this family straight.

      • MMadison says:

        Remember, William is tired of racism and his family is “very much not racist.” The fact is the British Royal Family in 2021 is RACIST. The BRF in 2021 in the broad daylight showed the world what they think of a mixed race woman marrying into their family. They abused her, bullied her, lied on her and made her life a living hell. I really believe that The Queen and Charles used Meghan to secure Charles’s place as Head of the Commonwealth. Once that was done they had know use for Meghan and served her up the British Press on a silver platter to do as they wish. They didn’t count on her leaving and taking Harry with her. They didn’t count on the worldwide support that Harry/Meghan would receive once they escaped. They certainly didn’t expect the business community in the US to support them and thus provide a significant source of income and providing them a voice to speak their truth. Yes BRF under estimated Meghan but the really under estimated Harry’s love for his family and his unwillingness to toe their stupid racist line.

    • DuchessL says:

      I am disgusted af

  2. rawiya says:

    I’m shocked! SHOCKED! that I can save 10% on my car insurance by calling 1-800-….

  3. TIFFANY says:

    Dismantle the Monarchy.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Absolutely, and require them to pay taxes on the billions of dollars they have stashed away in secret bank accounts and dismantle the entire monarchy! Give up the life of luxury on the backs of commonwealth citizens and get a real job!! Not that any one of them are qualified for a job! Maybe Party Pieces in hiring!!

    • AlpineWitch says:

      Unfortunately it is very unlikely we will ever get a referendum on dismantling the monarchy until the BRF’s Tory chums are in power at Westminster.

  4. hmm says:

    Disgusting racist parasites, the whole lot of them.
    Bunch of unemployed rich people living off the tax payer.

  5. Cecilia says:

    Its all crumbling down at the end of her reign too…..

    Whew the queen that just “Loves” the commonwealth ey?

  6. Sofia says:

    I cannot believe that in 2021, the royal courts are exempt from discrimination laws. If we can’t/won’t get rid of the monarchy, I hope they’ll be a lot more checks and balances added to it.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      Lets take this hypothetical further: even if they were NOT exempt from discrimination laws (which, “to this day” they are) and a nonwhote member of their staff wanted to take them to court, they couldnt, because the RF is exempt from court action. JFC!

      • SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

        And would these hypothetical members of staff include spouses and children of family members?

  7. Liz version 700 says:

    The entire family is Racist trash

  8. Snuffles says:

    Pretty sure if they dig deep enough they will find out that the royal family exempted themselves from a bunch of laws, rules and regulations.

    • SarahCS says:

      I’m so pleased that the Guardian is pulling at this thread and not letting go. There is a lot more to find as well as continuously reminding people of how absurd this situation is. Abolish the monarchy.

      • Snuffles says:

        Didn’t they already dig up a bunch of tax loopholes for the royal family?

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Snuffles, the BRF was involved in the Panama Papers (large amounts of money stashed away in tax heavens) but it all disappeared quite quickly from the news… who knows why…

    • Mac says:

      This investigation will be extremely eye opening.

    • Jaded says:

      Sort of like exempting Andrew from criminal investigation and prosecution…

  9. Victoria says:

    I knew you would be on it! I just got it from the guardian and I am gagging LOL. As the profound line goes, “Fish don’t fry in the kitchen and beans don’t burn on the grill”, bitches!

    That’s for people who went to school.

    Bring all their dirty laundry out!

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Lol. Yep, the BRF definitely were against Movin’ On Up. Keep researching Guardian.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Someone has upset someone at The Guardian. I wonder how the rota rats will spin this.

      • Victoria says:

        @Rrgina. Wonder who? I was about to stop giving my support since they were very unfair against the Sussexes! I was like, what happened to the being a factual paper?

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        It will be a challenge for them to work gobsmacked and some version of concern into a story.

        They can always try to pull out “recollections may vary” again..

      • Nic919 says:

        The guardian is the more left wing of the papers so maybe someone over there finally remembered how to act like a journalist. They don’t have RR on their payroll either so they can afford to turn over a few stones.

  10. Eh says:

    Gross.

  11. TabithaD says:

    I find this jaw-dropping, that the Queen could be personally exempt from anti-discrimination laws, apparently to this day. And it’s all veiled in secrecy. This lot seriously need to get their house in order.

    • Snuffles says:

      It’s very foundation is rotten. There is no fixing it. Just dismantling it.

    • Mac says:

      Remember when they tasked the only Black adviser to on board Meghan? Their racism so overt.

      • windyriver says:

        Yes, I remember that mentioned in an article some time ago, someone was quoted that making this man available was one of the big ways the Firm had helped Meghan adapt. As I recall, it wasn’t an advisor, it was an equerry. First POC in his position. Sounds like an interesting guy, originally born in Ghana.

        But – he was only appointed in mid-2017, so he himself was new at the time Harry connected with Meghan; apparently the position is only for three years (he was replaced in late 2020), and – the person in that position is always a member of the armed forces (he’s a veteran of Afghanistan). So, different background from Meghan, different job (he serves TQ directly), very limited history with the institution, learning a new job himself – he was the one chosen to help her…

        He was around the same age as Meghan, and could talk Afghanistan with Harry, so there’s that.

  12. Heidi says:

    That explains a lot.

  13. Merricat says:

    Tah-dah!

  14. Sid says:

    It’s so disturbing to think of those old tours where QEII and/or Philip were lording over their “subjects” in the Commonwealth countries that were mainly POC, meanwhile back at Buckingham Palace those very same “subjects” were being blocked from good jobs. This whole thing is gross.

    And l haven’t forgotten about one of Charles’s former secretaries at Highgrove, who brought a racial discrimination lawsuit. She lost, but I believe her more than ever.

    • Becks1 says:

      And yet, we’re supposed to believe they are “very much not a racist family” and that they welcomed Meghan with open arms.

    • TabithaD says:

      I’m sure the Commonwealth countries will be watching all this in interest. The BRF only have themselves to blame when the Commonwealth breaks up.

      • Snuffles says:

        I think that’s definitely a possibility. I’m afraid England will cling to the rotting corpse of the monarchy for eternity, but I think slowly, one by one they will lose Commonwealth countries. The black and brown ones first. It will probably take Canada and Australia longer. If Scotland votes for independence in might kick start an avalanche.

    • The Other Katherine says:

      I still think it was Charles who made the remark about “what colour” Archie might be. Ugh.

  15. Becks1 says:

    So the palaces are STILL exempt from these anti-discrimination laws as I’m interpreting this? So they weren’t just racist 50 years ago, they went out of their way to make sure they could continue being racist and the employees have no recourse.

    It’s not surprising, but it’s still disgusting.

    • Snuffles says:

      Worked for the French!

    • AlpineWitch says:

      Oh yes, given that the clause about them being exempt from all sorts of discrimination laws is still on, all their requirements to be employed in good jobs at BP are still discriminatory AF…

    • Nic919 says:

      There is a 2010 equality act that groups up the older anti discrimination laws and BP is exempt from that law as well. So this is current.

  16. Agreatreckoning says:

    Wonder if/how the houses are going to try virtue signal this one.

  17. Brielle says:

    When Sussexit happened,Dr Shola said that Meghan was victim of courtiers racism or prejudice and Camilla T responded that there were ppl of colors working as courtiers…clearly it was not diverse and they were probably hired as domestics…This queen’s consent thing is highly political so I don’t know why they want us to believe that the royals are apolitical

    • Eurydice says:

      Maybe someone else here has a better recollection, but wasn’t there some “senior” POC on the staff who was assigned to help Meghan assimilate? Like – “Hey, you’re both Black; you must have a lot in common.”

      • sipnbubbly says:

        I believe it was the queen’s equerry. He was conveniently hired the year Meghan & Harry got engaged, I believe.

      • Yup, Me says:

        People keep using the term “equerry” which is proper and sounds pretty but I think we need to make it clear that these white royals thought the queen’s Black “horse guy” would be able to help Meghan learn to be a Black Duchess. He was the horse guy. Horses, y’all. Giddyup.

      • The Hench says:

        @Yup, Me – historically equerries were in charge of the stables of princes or nobles but these days it’s just what they call officers who basically act as PAs to the Royals. They all have equerries, the Queen included. There are many examples of how they are a bunch of racist b*tches but one of them isn’t appointing a lowly horse guy to Meghan’s staff. The fact they thought he needed to be black though…..

      • BeanieBean says:

        Yup, Me/The Hench: and don’t forget, Diana’s father, the Earl, was TQ’s equerry at one point. That’s why they were living at Sandringham when she was a kid.

  18. Noor says:

    One rule for the Royals and one rule for the peasantry.

    Double standards and hypocrisy are still very much alive in the Palace.

  19. TabithaD says:

    I, for one, would like to see the Palace try and explain their way out of this one. Let’s see them try and justify it. Let’s just get the whole rotten mess out there for all to see.

    • Becks1 says:

      So far its that this was in the 60s, the Queen wasn’t involved, blame the courtiers, they have black people working for them now so they can’t be racist……

      The fans are focusing on the bit about banning minorities in the 60s, not that they are currently STILL exempt from anti-discrimination laws.

      • Nic919 says:

        Let them know that the 2010 Equality Act subsumed all the previous anti discrimination laws and BP remains exempt from that law as well.

    • Lizzie says:

      See this is where the famous ‘…don’t explain’ drivel comes in handy. Otherwise it’s okay to flood the rr with quotes

  20. Lizzie says:

    Waiting on Piers apology for calling Meghan a liar.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Right? And all the others too who shamed her for talking about it. So much for it all being in her head, or Harry’s.
      Piers Morgan and Candace Owens types seem like lost causes though. They’ll probably just find some other reason to attack. But still, it’s good that It’s being exposed.

  21. Natters says:

    I was watching a documentary on the Queen Mom and they showed when Queen Elizabeth was on her first tour of Africa after she got married, it was her birthday and she was in her car driving pass crowds when an African man ran besides the car because he wanted to give her a gift. Instead she hit him with her umbrella instead. I can understand being alarmed but it did come off as racist even for that time.

  22. Myra says:

    “We are very much not a racist family,” said the racist prince.

  23. Chelsea says:

    “The documents also shed light on how Buckingham Palace negotiated controversial clauses – that remain in place to this day – exempting the Queen and her household from laws that prevent race and sex discrimination.”

    This is honestly crazy. It’s 2021 and the Queen and her household are STILL exempt from anti discrimination laws!! I feel like this explains why BP sort of backed down post the Oprah interview and we havent heard more about that “bullying investigation”. They were probably afraid of this coming out and they should be. I’ve already seen many American blue checks tweeting this along with UK blue checks. I wouldn’t be surprised if our press picks up on this as well i just hope they piint out that quote dont let people use the “oh it was 60 years ago” excuse.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      “The documents also shed light on how Buckingham Palace negotiated controversial clauses – that remain in place to this day – exempting the Queen and her household from laws that prevent race and sex discrimination.”

      ^ This ^ is the sentence that needs to be highlighted and made to trend. Some folks are focussing on this part: “The Queen’s courtiers banned “coloured immigrants or foreigners” from serving in clerical roles in the royal household until at least the late 1960s….” and giving BP apologists the opp to say, ‘that was then, its no longer true now.’
      When in fact, their exemptions “remain in place to this day”!!!!!!!!!

  24. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Meghan never stood a chance. She was doomed the minute she stepped over the threshold.

    • Cherriepie84 says:

      I just posted the same sentiments down thread before seeing your comment. Can you imagine how horrific it must have been for her? Talk about a real life “Get Out”

  25. Esme says:

    They must’ve known this article was coming out because it explains why they announced the Queen’s platinum Jubilee celebration and four day weekend a WHOLE year in advance.

    • Hell Nah! says:

      Yep. This bunch is so grossly transparent.

    • equality says:

      The Queen is 95 so announcing something a year in advance does seem very premature. All those who buy her “service to the country” as a reason for not stepping down are falling for a line. She won’t step down so she can be the longest ruling monarch. It’s ego, not service.

  26. Amy Bee says:

    This is a shock to no one and proves once again that Harry and Meghan were telling the truth. I really feel for Meghan having to work and live and such a toxic environment. I’m sure that people at KP refused to work for Meghan because she was black.

  27. Hell Nah! says:

    Wowza but not at all surprising. The isht continues to ooze outta the pipe. I can’t wait to hear the spin they attempt to put on this – oh, wait – this is when ‘never explain’ will be pulled out, non?

    The RF is truly, astonishingly racist trash to the core. Yeah, I’m looking at you first, Lizzy.

    Harry and Meghan told no lies. Burn it all down. Send them packing. Longlonglooooong overdue.

    #AbolishTheMonarchy

  28. Hannah says:

    Awwwww she’s just a sweet lil old grandma who works so hard.

    SOOO sick of that fake PR.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Yep. It’s an image that can be used to cover up a lot, and to create a lot of blindspots.

  29. Eurydice says:

    I don’t suppose they needed a system to keep track of ethnicity before the 1990′s – if they were POC, they were servants. Easy.

  30. Cherriepie84 says:

    You guys, every time I see these reports I am not really surprised but just more heartbroken at imagining what Meghan must have been put through by those people! No wonder she had suicidal thoughts, but she was really strong and I am in awe when looking back at all those pictures how she just kept on smiling and smiling despite everything happening behind the scenes! I firmly believe, as others on here have said multiple times that no matter what Meghan did or didnt do she would have still been vilified by the BRF merely for just breathing and daring to “believe” she had a seat at that table.

    • Brielle says:

      Yup Meghan is really courageous and she love Harry to put up with all this BS( knowing that some senior members were questioning what her baby will look like before even marriage…)

  31. TeamMeg says:

    #VeryMuch #NotaRacistFamily

  32. Jaded says:

    Well we’ve all been surmising that something big was about to get blown open – as a group we CBers seem to have some great group telepathy going on. Maybe this will trigger more investigations and open a whole Pandora’s Box of wrongdoings.

  33. sipnbubbly says:

    My heart truly goes out to Meghan. I can’t imagine the hell she went through with these people. I don’t know how she goes back over there for visits, the Queen’s jubilee or any public event with them after all this has come out. I don’t know how she reconciles standing next these despicable people while fighting injustice and championing equality. I know she will do what’s best for her and her family but I do not envy the decisions she’ll have to make. Either way, she has my full support.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      I soooo agree with you. Whatever decisions M makes, regarding her relationship with that family, I support her 100%. I know she will do whatever makes H happy and he wants to continue showing his grandma that he loves her. He knows that betty is NOT and has never been the final arbiter for the things that have been said and done in her name, especially in these last few years.

      So I wont be surprised if H&M go to england for the queen’s platinum jubilee June 1-4/’22. Invictus Games 2022 is scheduled for mid April and the month of May will once again be Sussex Month. So yeah, theyll prolly go visit betty and participate in her last hurrah.

      • Brielle says:

        I support her also but how can she accept to be in the same room or environment than these folks: they don’t want her or her babies,they hate her for existing…

  34. jferber says:

    the fuck?

  35. Ajsquared says:

    As a Canadian, I, like many others, am reeling from the discovery of a mass grave with 215 indigenous children’s bodies at a residential school in BC.

    The head of state for my country, Queen Elizabeth II, has yet to issue a statement (correct me if I’m wrong), but had taken the time to release plans for her jubilee party next year.

    But, you know, they aren’t racist family.

    • equality says:

      Sad. And, worse, indigenous groups say there are more at other facilities that need investigating.

    • Hannah says:

      I think it’s important to note it was a *Catholic* founded school and this is tied to MANY such instances with the *Catholic* institution in the States and elsewhere, of incredible abuses up to and including rape and murder at *Catholic* schools which were instituted to forcibly assimilate Indigenous children. Just beyond barbaric.

      • equality says:

        You can’t lay it all on the Catholics. The schools were supported by the government.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Agree, equality, it cannot all be blamed on the Catholics. Terrible tragedy, terrible history.
        https://www.minnpost.com/mnopedia/2016/06/sad-legacy-american-indian-boarding-schools-minnesota-and-us/

        It doesn’t change the tragedy-Washington Post included a correction in one of their articles.
        CORRECTION
        An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the burial site discovered at Kamloops Indian Residential School as a mass grave. The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation says the remains were found spread out; it considers it an unmarked, undocumented burial site, not a mass grave. The article has been corrected.

      • Mia says:

        Catholics weren’t the only churches involved in residential schools FYI. The government had a role or do you not know what the Indian Act was and how it mandate was to ” take the Indian out of the Indian”?

      • Nic919 says:

        These schools wouldn’t exist if the federal government didn’t support them.

      • Hannah says:

        Hey, do not twist what I said and what I didn’t say. I did not say at any point “it’s all on the Catholics” or “there was no involvement by the federal government.”

        BUT there IS a pattern of Catholic schools (and other Catholic institutions) throughout Canada and the US abusing indigenous children. Don’t try to erase that or minimize it. I’m questioning why that’s your response.

        Mia, just for your information, since you’re wondering, I spent seven years in Guam and studied and worked with indigenous scholars and activists there. I’m published in the field. Yes … I have some idea of what Catholics and Europeans more broadly and colonizing governments have done to indigenous people.

  36. Alicia says:

    This is officially sanctioned and not even plausibly deniable institutional racism.

    Will many uk media outlets even report on it though?

  37. equality says:

    Tweet of the day in response about BP’s new diversity tsar: https://twitter.com/Cromwell606/status/1400098144013201410

  38. A says:

    Don’t worry that diversity czar will be starting any day now!

  39. Kimsan says:

    Before getting worked up over this please remember that “they are very much not a racist family “. That should put this all into perspective

  40. TeeMajor says:

    WOW!!!!!

    I mean, I knew there was racism within them BUT I had no idea of the history ad BS that has not changed at all.

  41. TD says:

    Is anyone else confused by the phrase “colored immigrants and foreigners?” Is it meant to imply that any POC would be an immigrant and foreigner? Because those two seem meant to be synonymous, like any POC would have to be an immigrant and foreigner, which is obviously appalling in its implication that POC can’t be “true” Brits. But is it perhaps meant to cover non-POC who are “foreigners” as well? Just a thought. Obviously the big picture take away is that they’re racist AF, but that phrasing struck me.

    • oddsnends says:

      I think it refers to two groups of people. Foreigners, who can’t be expected to understand the British or their royal family and… POC who may have been born in the UK, but who identify with a different culture.

      I’m just guessing at their logic, not agreeing with it.

    • Joanna says:

      To me it sounds like it means white immigrants and foreigners can be employed in clerical positions.? Idk.

  42. The Recluse says:

    Something tells me that this Platinum celebration the RF is going all in for next year is going to go over like a lead balloon. It’s time for the monarchy to go. Their only chance for revitalization was with Harry and Meghan and they blew it. Let it end with QE2.

  43. Hannah says:

    It’s christal clear Meghan never stood a chance as a working royal; no protection from workplace discrimination, not considered a payed employee, so no mental health support: staff and family members were able to bully her and sell her out to the press freely.
    They made the best decission to leave.

  44. Likeyoucare says:

    They should send back all the things they had stolen from the commonwealth country to show that they are not racist and thief.

  45. Slippers4 life says:

    I’m sick of being gaslit with the whole “never complain never explain” jingle! This isn’t doing what they think it’s doing with social media and 24 hour news. People recognize patterns more quickly now and can see past this BS. Truth tellers rarely speak in absolutes. They certainly complained and explained about the Sussex’ Oprah interview, “we’re very much not a racist family.” Theh they pulled out “never complain never ecplain”, when it turns out the Duke of Kent is a Kremlin dude because he’s not a “senior royal”, yet buddy is now replacing Prince Philip at trooping the colour this year. The BRF come off as so incredibly weak when they rage leak nonsense to the tabloids about Meghan. They are terrified that the truth will come out and the monarchy will be no more. If the BRF represent enduring continuity and strength, would it not then show strength to be willing to reckon with their racism and commit to working towards anti-racism and be leaders in anti-racism representing continuity? The absolute “never” complain “never” explain is so friggen weak and has evolved into blatantly stonewalling the public on human rights issues that matter like this. Harry is quite right when he says, “guys, this isn’t going to end well, for anybody”. The BRF may have the support of the Piers Morgans who have been taught when you feel scared and are cis male, the best thing to do is go into a red salivating rage and their ilk will respect you, but im William and Kate’s age and, though I’m from a commonwealth country, will support the reopening of our constitution in order to remove the head of the BRF as our head of state and I used to be a monarchist. The refusal to commit to anti-racism and stonewall the public about their human rights atrocities is what will be their right downfall!

    • Brielle says:

      British people are very much racist and that’s why the royal family is acting this way and that’s why they voted Brexit…I am from France and I can’t begin to tell u how France is racist and full of micro aggressions but here ppl will tell u that they are not racist cause Omar Sy is their favorite French personality 🤯😒😔

    • AnonyCat says:

      I thought the one who was selling access to Russians is Duke Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent is another Royal. Yeah, know the one who was praised for living in a small house when he used to live in a palace but now he is retired.

  46. Carmen-JamRock says:

    Altho I’m looking forward to M doing press for her book starting tmrw (Thursday) I really hope she doesnt. Friday should do just fine. I want the racist-BRF to suffer another news cycle and to continue to trend worldwide wth their racist asses exposed.
    If M starts her appearances or if stories abt her bk launch starts appearing wth Thursday morning media, the RottenRota & every racist on Racist Salty Island will jump on tht in relief.

  47. AnonyCat says:

    It is *very* important to point out that the second paragraph of the Guardian article and paragraphs afterwords, explain that the Queen and the Palaces are STILL exempt from discrimination laws (this time the Equality Act which takes into account the Race Relations Acts from the 1960s and 1970s).

    When the Guardian asked for commentary, the Palace said that they had their own parallel process but they didn’t explain what this process was! So they still aren’t able to be taken to courts for discrimination in PRESENT day.