Prince William Blasted By Martin Luther King Jr.’s Daughter For Remarks He Made About Ukraine
Prince William is being slammed by people, including MLK's daughter Bernice King, for "horrific comments" that the Royal made about Ukraine.
Prince William made comments this week about the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice called him out for them.
William’s Controversial Remarks
William made the controversial remarks while visiting the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London with his wife Kate Middleton on Wednesday.
“Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing,” William said during the visit. “The news every day, it’s almost unfathomable to actually witness it, to see it. For our generation, it’s very alien to see this in Europe. We’re all right behind you.”
During a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre yesterday, Prince William said: “Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing. The news every day, it’s almost unfathomable. For our generation, it’s very alien to see this in Europe. We’re all right behind you.” Watch here👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/kQFbcivgvK
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) March 10, 2022
Newsweek reported that The Press Association initially reported that William had said that Europeans were more used to seeing atrocities committed in places like Asia and Africa than on their own continent.
While the video shows that William did not say those exact words, some social media users feel that is exactly what he was suggesting.
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Bernice King Blasts William
Bernice King, the chief executive of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, took to Twitter to slam William after seeing the initial reports linking his remarks to colonialism.
“Horrific comment,” she wrote on Twitter. “European people ran roughshod over the continent of Africa, pillaging communities, raping women, enslaving human beings, colonizing for profit and power, stealing resources, causing generational devastation. And European nations continue to harm Africa.”
After seeing the actual video footage, King did not completely back down from her past tweet.
“I believe that we have a great deal of work to do globally to eradicate what my father called the Triple Evils of Militarism, Racism and Poverty,” she wrote. “I believe that language matters in that work. And that it is harmful for a global figure to express war as ‘alien to Europe.'”
I believe that we have a great deal of work to do globally to eradicate what my father called the Triple Evils of Militarism, Racism and Poverty.
I believe that language matters in that work. And that it is harmful for a global figure to express war as “alien to Europe.”
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 10, 2022
William Hit With More Backlash
Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, who regularly acts as a commentator on racial issues in the United Kingdom, told reporters that the comments William made were still offensive, even if he didn’t specifically mention Asia and Africa.
“William says it’s alien in Europe,” she said. “This is on the back of two weeks of western media also saying it’s alien in Europe, also saying Western countries are civilized. I’m sorry, if it’s alien in Europe, where is he referring to it as being normal?”
Other internet users agreed that William’s comments were offensive on their own:
Prince William is facing a backlash after comments he made about the war in Ukraine.
Media diversity Professor @marcusryder tells @ClaudiaLizaTV his remark "feeds into a broader narrative" that sees white and European victims get "more sympathy" because of implicit racial bias. pic.twitter.com/75NQ7dwVJB
— Channel 5 News (@5_News) March 10, 2022
Wtf???!!! You know what that Oprah interview w/ Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is only more illuminating now. Prince William is letting his racism speak loudly and proudly #Ukraine https://t.co/aSSDvXKdVn
— Ameshia Cross (@AmeshiaCross) March 9, 2022
So speaking about Ukraine, Prince William said Britons were more used to seeing conflict in Africa and Asia. “It’s very alien to see this in Europe."
Bruh, seriously…where you wanna start…. pic.twitter.com/uHxtPA7QrD
— Dr Peter Olusoga (@PeteOlusoga) March 10, 2022
Prince William says war is “alien” to Europe.
Ironic, coming from a member of the monarchy that brought war and military occupation to *checks notes* every continent on the globe. https://t.co/0kK175sEGm
— Rebecca Nagle (@rebeccanagle) March 10, 2022
Why can't these idiots just show solidarity with Ukraine without denigrating and devaluing Black and Brown lives 😒 #PrinceWilliam
— Wabzi Ford (@WabziS) March 9, 2022
The British Royal family was accused of racism last year by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their interview with Oprah. It remains to be seen whether William will respond to this controversy at all, or continue to remain tight-lipped about it until it blows over.