Farrukh Dhondi | Where do you come from? UK row erupts over royal racism and abuse

“O Bachchoo recognize your passion flower

Isn’t it just the flower of a dream.

And though her fragrant presence may empower

Remind you of this theme —

The plot in which you told him to come here –

The petals of youth inevitably wither

Time is the only gift….

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A right-wing royal feud erupted very recently at Buckingham Palace. No, I’m not referring to the fact that Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were paid £84m to ‘speak their truth’ in a three-part Netflix documentary that accuses the Royal Family of possibly “unconscious racism”. ”.

The reviews of the first two programs transmitted all seem to say that they are quite disastrous and unconvincing. Supporters of Britain’s royal family go further and accuse the documentaries of trying to pass cheating footage and Harry and Meghan of whining and lying.

The royal family – King Charles III and the Prince and Princess of Wales – declined to comment on the documentaries. It was reported that they sent Christmas presents to Harry and Meghan’s children, but not to the parents.

So much for this dispute. The argument I was referring to took place at a reception at Buckingham Palace for people who support victims of domestic violence. The occasion was hosted by Queen Consort Camilla. One of the guests was Ngozi Fulani. She is the founder of a charity called “Sistah Space”, which caters specifically to women of African descent who are victims of domestic violence.

Ms Fulani, pictured at the event, was dressed in what to an observer would pronounce African heritage. It was not a discreet outfit. It was a proclamation of identity and allegiance, much like members of the royal family wear uniforms with dangling medals. There is no question of being entitled to such a demonstration of sewing or hairdressing, which Ms. Fulani proudly displayed.

On this occasion she met Lady Susan Hussey, 83-year-old Baroness Hussey of North Bradley, a lady with the “rank” of Lady of the House and godmother to William, Prince of Wales.

The next day, Ms Fulani posted an account of the encounter on Twitter and it went, as they say, “viral”. She said Lady Hussey repeatedly asked her where she was from. Here is the exact transcript:

Miss Hussey: Where do you come from?

Ms Fulani: Space Sista.

Miss Hussey: No, where are you from?

Ms Fulani: We are based in Hackney.

Miss Hussey: No, what part of Africa are YOU from? (all caps as in Ms. Fulani’s tweet)

Ms Fulani: I don’t know, they left no trace.

Miss Hussey: Well, you must know where you come from. I spent time in France. Where do you come from?

Ms Fulani: Here, UK.

Miss Hussey: No, but what nationality are you?

Ms Fulani: I was born here and I’m British.

Miss Hussey: No, but where are you really from, where are your people from?

Ms Fulani: “My people”, madam, what is it?

Miss Hussey: Oh, I see I’m going to have a hard time getting you to say where you’re from… When did you first come here?

Ms Fulani: Madam, I am of British nationality, my parents came here in the 1950s when…

Miss Hussey: Oh, I knew we’d get there eventually, you’re West Indian!

Ms Fulani: No, I am of African descent, Caribbean descent and British nationality.

Then the storm cleared out of the Twitter teacup. Lady Hussey has been variously accused of violent racism and directly of “abuse”. The palace made her step down as lady of the house and she publicly apologized to Ms Fulani, who claimed she felt what victims of physical abuse would have felt, even though there was no was no physical in verbal aggression.

Lady Hussey’s persistence is indeed exaggerated and regrettable but, subspecies aeternitatatiscan we understand that a privileged 83-year-old lady is unaware that her attitude and her stubbornness amount to “abuse”?

In a country as vast and diverse as India, almost the first question asked by foreigners at a gathering is “where are you from?” This puts the exchange in a kind of context. “Ah, you are a Parsi from Pune? I have many Parsi friends…do you know Russi Immoralearningswalla…. etc

In Britain, which has certainly transformed demographically into a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society over the past 50 years, it has become customary to ask first-generation immigrants where they come from without any malicious intent. So when I am – or at least was – asked the question, I would say “India, from Poona”. Lady Hussey, 83, has witnessed Britain’s transformation in today’s global reality and her questioning, if not thick-skinned persistence, is understandable.

Of course, it is also understandable that the third generation of these new communities in Britain assume their absolute Britishness.

Ms. Fulani is not third generation. She was born in Britain to Barbadian parents and was called Marlene Headley. It is not known whether she changed her last name by marriage – (and I dare not ask). The row and public attention she garnered with her tweet led the Charity Commission to open an investigation into Sistah Space regarding its financial management and organizational setup. Let’s hope that Mrs. Fulani has not, out of indignation, opened her own Pandora’s box.

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