On the surface, we saw the festive occasion
glamorized by the paparazzi and celebrities.
But a slight adjustment to our apertures
reveal the cunningness of the British
benevolent indifference to their colonial
past and present.
According to news reports, it was estimated
the royal wedding cost a whopping $45
million (U.S. money) with the royal family
only paying $2 million of that cost. The
$43 million balance was paid by the British
taxpayers, raising eyebrows about austerity.
The black entertainment at the royal
wedding was ubiquitous on TV. The royal
family reached into their triangular
enslavement trade bag and pulled out soul-
stirring performances from the black choir
who gave us “Stand By Me” to the black
Bishop who delivered a Martin Luther
King-like sermon on LOVE.
Even the black young cellist performing “Ave
Maria” gave us a rendition that made our
hearts stand still. But the black inclusion
in the royal gala doesn’t dismiss the racial/
economic strife and historical colonial rape
of the African Diaspora exercised by Britain.
Historians have documented with the
introduction of sugar in Barbados (1640)
by the Dutch, enslaved labor was needed
more than ever. Britain seized upon
this opportunity and transported 3.1
million Africans to British colonies in the
Caribbean, North and South America and
to other countries.
The cheap labor wasn’t just assigned to
colonial times. A recent article in Esquire
magazine, stated during the years after
WWII, the British government opened
its doors to Africans from Trinidad and
Jamaica to augment their work force.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
They became known as the Windrush Generation, in honor of the ship
that brought them to the UK. Today these black Brits are treated as
illegal aliens, unemployed and homeless. The pillage and plunder of
Africa’s minerals and resources still continue to this day.
In a report titled, “The New Colonialism” published by War On Want
(2016), over 100 companies, mostly British, control Africa’s key
mineral resources such as gold, platinum, diamonds, copper, oil, gas,
and coal. Collectively, they control over $1 trillion worth of Africa’s
There’s a note of mockery here. Africa (Alkebulan - the ORIGINAL
name) was discovered as the cradle of civilization by two Brits, born in
Kenya: Drs. Louis and Mary Leaky. The two Brits demonstrated that
humans evolved in Africa which later became the basis for the riches
the British royal family put on display doing the royal wedding. All
done with a smile of benevolent indifference.
There are many who hold promise for the interracial newlyweds. The
soulful balladeer Terry Collier poses this question in one of his classic
R&B songs, “What Color is Love?”
Tolson Banner is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where he majored
in Broadcast Journalism, graduating magna cum laude. He became the first
African-American Public Information Officer with NASA. He later attended
Howard University’s Graduate School of Business, graduating with an MBA
in Marketing/Finance. After graduating from Howard U, he worked at BET
as a Marketing Manager and wrote the final report for Washington, DC’s
cable TV franchise award. He is currently a national consultant, writer and
columnist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.