A guest on Fox News said the Crown could not be racist because the British Commonwealth includes lands that have Black and Asian people living on them.
Richard Mineards—who is a columnist for California's Montecito Journal—was asked about his take on Buckingham Palace's racism scandal following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS over the weekend.
Mineards responded on Thursday's program:
"I have to stay straight away, I don't think the royal family is racist."
"You've got to remember that for nearly half a century, the queen has been the head of the Commonwealth, which is a number of lands around the world that were from the colonial days, and the majority of the people who live in those lands are Black or Asian."
You can watch the clip of the segment, below.
Fox Guest: "The Queen has been the head only the commonwealth, which has a number of lands around the world from th… https://t.co/hZm9A3v5yf— nikki mccann ramírez (@nikki mccann ramírez) 1615498699.0
"So, the queen is far from being a racist, and I don't think the royal family as a whole is racist, as William said this morning in London."
The Duke of Cambridge—in his first public appearance since the interview of his brother and sister-in-law—maintained the royal family was "very much not a racist family." He added he planned to speak to Harry soon.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed in the interview there was concern from within the Royal Family about how "dark" the skin color of Markle's unborn baby would be while she was pregnant.
Mineards was slammed for his comment on Fox News and social media users questioned his selective knowledge of the Commonwealth's history of colonialism, violence against Indigenous people and slavery.
@NikkiMcR How did the commonwealth acquire those lands around the world?— SistahAsali👠💄 (@SistahAsali👠💄) 1615498892.0
@NikkiMcR Got it. Colonialism and imperialism can’t be racist.— John Sipher (@John Sipher) 1615520915.0
@NikkiMcR Yip old queenie and her family have the upmost respect for the commonwealth https://t.co/MEcIHVFyIA— HTB (@HTB) 1615501647.0
@NikkiMcR We conquered, colonized, killed and owned only the best black and brown people might not be the best defe… https://t.co/NuErUymbVq— Brett Gotthelf (@Brett Gotthelf) 1615503985.0
Britain colonized lots of countries filled with black people ergo the Queen can't be racist https://t.co/JfsumOcknM— David Pakman (@David Pakman) 1615504938.0
Twitter was astounded by the ignorance of Mineards' remark.
WHAT DO THEY THINK COLONIZER MEANS?! 😭 https://t.co/NDdZbvGuhK— Brooke Obie Is Excessively Black (@Brooke Obie Is Excessively Black) 1615502824.0
I just blinked so hard and fast I levitated off the floor. https://t.co/P7fut5uC1q— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1615503182.0
@NikkiMcR @mmfa "The overwhelming number of individuals working on the plantation are black. So the plantation owne… https://t.co/EuB3QDADLR— Gary Herstein, Ph.D. (@Gary Herstein, Ph.D.) 1615499403.0
@NikkiMcR "I have slaves from so many black and brown countries, how can I be racist?"— SeaBloo (@SeaBloo) 1615502925.0
@NikkiMcR Uhm. So she continues as the head of COLONIALIZED lands, mostly people of color, but she’s NOT a racist… https://t.co/OGD3ETCj67— Gráinne Ní Mháille 💛 ⚖️ 🐝 (@Gráinne Ní Mháille 💛 ⚖️ 🐝) 1615505949.0
Mineards' comment was preceded by that of former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who on Wednesday told conservative news and opinion network, Newsmax:
"The queen and the royal family have spent the last 70 years touring around the Commonwealth. The vast majority of those people are Black and Asian."
"I would put it to you that nobody in the world, in history, has done more for people of color than the British royal family."
There is no accurate gif for this. Is there? Somebody try... #StaresInAllOfHistory #StaresInStolenArtifacts… https://t.co/njKSGDUAZF— Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy (@Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy) 1615435273.0
@manumarquez1986 @NikkiMcR (Don't forget India. The ripped the wealth outa there FAST. And Egypt).— Parrhizzia (@Parrhizzia) 1615429518.0
Prince Harry told Oprah at one point in the interview how disappointed he was with the royals for staying silent when lawmakers pointed out "colonial undertones" in the British media's negative coverage of Markle.
"For us, for this union and the specifics around her race, there was an opportunity—many opportunities—for my family to show some public support," he said.
"One of the most telling parts and the saddest parts, I guess, was over 70 female members of Parliament, both Conservative and Labour, came out and called out the colonial undertones of articles and headlines written about Meghan."
"Yet no one from my family ever said anything. That hurts."