Why ‘casual racism’ doesn’t exist – and shouldn’t be used as an excuse

In the aftermath of Meghan and Harry’s groundbreaking sit-down interview with Oprah, the reaction among some has been to scramble to find excuses and to explain away instances of racism. One of the most disconcerting revelations of the interview was the conversation that Meghan says happened between Harry and a member of his family, in which someone shared ‘concerns’ about the possible skin tone of her unborn child. Discussing this on Loose Women, one white panelist, Jane Moore, suggested that the comments may have been nothing more than simple curiosity, no different to questioning whether or not the baby would have ginger hair. She went on to say that it ‘could have just been a causally racist comment…’

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