Following the Interview of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex by Oprah Winfrey, on the 7th March 2021, Rev. Alton Bell, chair of the charity Movement for Justice and Reconciliation, is imploring the Monarchy to see this as an opportunity to bring about real lasting racial reconciliation by addressing the issues arising from the past using models of Christian forgiveness and repentance.
Rev Bell said:
”Instead of further denial, surely there should be deep reflection to see if the many accounts of racism, of which this is one, actually have merit. I would implore the Royal Family to take this opportunity to show a lead by addressing the issues to bring about real and lasting racial reconciliation.”
The Movement for Justice and Reconciliation believe that only by honestly and openly acknowledging and sharing stories of our past, can we do justice to the true complexity of past, present, and future, and the sometimes-uncomfortable role that Britons have played in global history since the 16th century.
In a statement issued by Rev Bell on behalf of the charity in response to the interview, MJR advisor Dr Clifford Hill, a distinguished long-term campaigner for racial justice, said:
“The killing of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, the taking of the knee at football matches to stand up to racism, means that the whole issue of colour is out into the open and is being discussed from the local workingman’s club to the monarchy. Now is surely the time to face the great issues of injustice in our history, without which there will never be reconciliation and a radical change in attitudes.”
The full statement from Rev Bell cites, W.E.B. Dubois, Martin Luther King and Bishop Michael Curry, preacher at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, and traces the origins of racism to the economic exploitation-motivated pigmentocratic system devised by European nations that located people in the hierarchy of society according to the hue of their complexion.