HARRY: WAKE UP TO RACISM
VIEWS PASSED DOWN THROUGH GENERATIONS CREATE 'UNCONSCIOUS BIAS'
by Andrei Harmsworth
METRO Wed. July 31, 2019
PRINCE HARRY has warned racist behaviour is being passed down through generations because of the way people are brought up.
The royal said children are unknowingly being ‘taught to hate’, as he conducted an interview with primatologist Dr Jane Goodall for the September issue of Vogue magazine that his wife Meghan guest edited.
Harry, who has hit out over racist taunts faced by Meghan, responded after Dr Goodall, 85, said during the Q&A that humans shared in-built aggressive instincts with chimps which we have to fight to overcome.
He told the acclaimed English scientist: 'It's the same as an unconscious bias - something which so many people don't understand, why they feel the way that they do. Despite the fact that if you go up to someone and say, "what you've just said, or the way that you've behaved, is racist" - they'll turn around and say, "I'm not a racist".
'I'm not saying that you're a racist, I'm just saying that your unconscious bias is proving that, because of the way that you’ve been brought up, the environment you’ve been brought up in, suggests that you have this point of view where naturally you will look at someone in a different way.'
He added: 'You can only be taught to hate. Unless we acknowledge we are part of this cycle, then we're always going to be fighting against it.'
Early in his romance with Meghan, whose mother Doria Ragland is African-American, Harry, 34, decried the 'outright sexism and racism' of comments made about her online.
The prince was himself accused of racism in 2009 after he jokingly called an Asian army colleague 'our little Paki friend'. And he was criticised by Jewish groups in 2005 for wearing a Nazi costume to a fancy dress party.
His grandfather Prince Phillip, 98, is notorious for his racial faux pas and once told a British student in China: 'If you stay here much longer, you will go home with slitty eyes.'
"The people responsible for racist attitudes are (usually) the parents. They pass their poison on to their children, instead of raising their children to be better than they are, like good parents should. Nobody is born a racist. It gets taught to defenseless children who mistakenly trust the adults in their lives to have their best interests at heart." Robert Cruikshank, MIT
Is 'non-Jew' an insult? asks Andrew Silow-Carroll
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 26/06/2018
In the light of Prince Harry's remarks about racism being passed down through generations, this text will analyse the letters sent by Mr Barry Kaye (BK).
When the first communication from BK was received I had never heard of him and did not know him. He was the father of my daughter-in-law Marie van der Zyl (MZ) and it would later become evident that he was the source of discord that permeated the family after my step-son met his future wife.
The apparent reason for his unsolicited letter was because he felt aggrieved about what he called a 'ghastly horrific affair'. That 'affair' was the court proceedings in the Barnet County Court in 2012, whereby my wife, a Holocaust survivor, applied for a contact order to permit her to see her grandchildren. It could have been completely avoided if she had been allowed to enjoy normal contact, but the intransigence of her son (Darrell) made the application inevitable.
It is grotesque that anyone with even scant knowledge of recent Jewish history would seek to deny a grandmother, whose own grandparents were murdered by the Nazis, the opportunity to form a bond with her own grandchildren. It is contrary to the core of the Jewish message which prides itself as being built on family relationships and also seeks to show understanding and respect to those who suffered because of the Shoah.
As a solicitor MZ could have advised her father that in those circumstances it was entirely reasonable for a grandparent to seek a legal remedy.
BK did not provide a witness statement to the court, nor did he attend the hearings. By saying that the outcome was 'in favour of Marie and Darrell' he misunderstood the pyrrhic victory. Although a contact order was not granted - because of the parent's uncompromising stance - tellingly their application for costs was dismissed!
BK's racist attitude was already evident in the first letter where he disparagingly referred to me as being 'non-Jewish'. Dr Goodall's observation about humans aggressive instincts, resonates with his threat of violence in a subsequent letter and his daughter's confrontational disposition was revealed in the TV series Desert Darlings.
Years earlier MZ had told my step-daughter Kerry (Darrell's sister) that she wanted nothing to do with me. No reason for this hostility was given. After receiving the letters from BK everything became clear.
To be continued ...