By now, whether you care or not, something “exciting” happened! Prince William of Cambridge marries…whatshername (Catherine Middleton). The event was so important that major media networks, including Spanish-speaking network Univision, devoted at least a couple of hours of broadcasting it live. From what I’ve seen, there was a huge crowd of people waving Union Jacks (the British flag) on both sides of the street cheering as the motorcades transports the Royal Family to Westminster Abbey. At the church, royalty from all over England and Europe mingled seemingly talking to other people about how important they are…
Then, I fell asleep.
Honestly, as a fellow human being I wished the best for the young couple. However, as a poor, black man in one of the most racist states in a racist Union, I decided to care less and less eventually reaching the “who gives a fuck” level. I realized that this is just another happy, fairy-tale chapter for the life of an insanely overprivileged, white male and his beautiful, yet not quite as overprivileged as her new husband, but still greatly overprivileged white woman in a nation whose past created the world’s largest empire in human history. Why the hell should I, or anyone not as fortunate as them here and in England, care?
Some would say that it’s a wonderful thing, and that it’s the fact that the Prince of England met a common girl instead of a princess, kind of outside the old storybook romance but still has the “happily ever after” jazz. Okay. That’s nice, but still, why should it matter to me, a poor black man in America, a racist nation that fought for its independence from the same country it now seems to adore, in the media at least? Why should it matter to other poor people, people of color, and poor people of color all over the world? From what I’ve seen in those few minutes before drifting off, the people invited were rich, white Britons and Europeans of royal descent.
This wedding was important enough for mainstream networks to broadcast. It seemingly didn’t matter to them that there was a deadly tornado outbreak that killed over 300 people in the Southern US. It was more important than the overtly racist ploy to prove that the President of the US is an American citizen, and it seemed to be more newsworthy than the recent developments with Mumia-Abu Jamal and Troy Davis. Who would’ve thought? Then again, they didn’t involve rich people, rich white people, or royal, rich white people.
So, Yes. I do wish the Prince and his new wife the best, but I am more concerned with matters that people like myself have to deal with. People like us are often overlooked for glitz and glamour in the mainstream, and what better event has that than a royal wedding? Even if you don’t care, the media and its disciples will have ways of reminding you constantly until it eventually becomes old news until something else catches their attention which usually involves white society and(or) wealthy society.