Much like Democrats writ large never wish to let a crisis go to waste, race-baiters will jump at any opportunity to inject their narrow focus, as was the case Saturday when MSNBC’s Ali Velshi demanded a British historian stop as he spoke from his area of expertise on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
After seven decades of rule, the death of the Queen saw the passing of the monarchy to now-King Charles III and, evidently, any ill that was ever associated with that title. At least that was the position of Velshi as he interrupted NBC News British Historian Dr. Andrew Roberts as he tried to make a point on the favorability with which Charles had leading into his coronation.
“Andrew, hold on a second. Are you really denying what I just said about British colonialism? Are you really doing that, Andrew? Are you really doing that?” he pressed, visibly irritated with his guest.
Roberts had drawn the ire of Kenyan-born and Canadian-raised Velshi who had contended there were many people opposed to the monarchy in general.
“I think that’s wildly overstated, frankly. I think when you look at all the opinion polls, we’re about 80 to 85 percent in favor of having a constitutional monarchy,” the historian asserted. “Whoever’s in on the throne. So I think this is extremely overdone, frankly, rather, I’m afraid to say, as your introduction was. If we had given so much pain to people throughout history, why was Prince Charles chosen by every single Commonwealth country, many of which are former imperial countries, as head of the Commonwealth.”
As he attempted to further his point by noting that Britain had abolished slavery ahead of the United States, the host further decried the position that the Commonwealth system could be anything but a negative.
“Andrew, this is not a propaganda show! Andrew, I need you to stop! I need you to stop for a second…Are you really taking issue with the horrors of colonialism, Andrew?” Velshi asked
“I’m, I’m certainly taking issue with your remarks about slavery, which we abolished 32 years before you did. And we didn’t have to kill 600,000 people in a civil war over it,” Roberts replied.
“So you think that that’s fine, that there are people all over the world who are born in colonial countries? Because when I was born, the British Empire still existed. And that’s okay for everybody to think?” he asked.
Velshi’s narrative picked up where his introduction had left off, mainly focusing on the negative perception of British history from the lens of a modern-day race hustler incapable of reconciling facts with the contemporary perspectives that generated them. As he put it, “if you’re having mixed feelings about mourning the Queen and the institution she represented for so many decades, that’s valid. And you’re not alone.”
Queen Elizabeth was widely respected and admired. But, if you’re having mixed feelings about mourning the Queen and the institution she represented for so many decades, that’s valid. And you’re not alone. #velshi pic.twitter.com/pvHaimtoQn
— Velshi on MSNBC (@VelshiMSNBC) September 10, 2022
The MSNBC host wasn’t alone in discussing the death of the queen strictly from the social justice warrior’s lens.
“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin did much the same at her first opportunity to opine on the monarch’s passing, contending, “And I think, though, we can mourn the queen and not the empire. Because if you really think about what the monarchy was built on, it was built on the backs of black and brown people. She wore a crown with pillaged stones from India and Africa, and now what you are seeing, at least in the black communities that I’m a part of, they want reparations.”
‘The View’ co-host dumps on Queen’s legacy, says she wore a ‘crown with pillaged stones’ from ‘black and brown people’ https://t.co/zYsaxaHMn0 pic.twitter.com/yC1x2earca
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 10, 2022
Conveniently left out of the demands for reparations for ills that were committed against ancestors was the fact that there are an estimated “40 million modern-day slaves internationally” stemming from human trafficking. However, Velshi and Hostin seemed less interested in addressing a problem impacting people, including around two million children being sexually exploited, and more concerned with peddling their own racially charged views of the world.
Roberts went on to continue his defense of the monarchy by pointing out the diverse sources praising Queen Elizabeth.
“The way in which the entire, the leaders of the entire world are writing to, even evil monsters like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, are writing to King Charles and saying what a great thing his mother’s reign was, which started as you actually had in your opening, in your opening intro, you had to talk about the great imperial family to which we all belong. You know, the idea that that is in some way an attack on our past is further negative,” he said.
This only cemented Velshi’s perspective as he ended the heated exchange, noting, “Well, it’s nice to be able to whitewash that sort of thing, Andrew. And I’m glad that you closed off with that idea that even Vladimir Putin had nice things to say about the Queen that sort of seals the conversation for us. Andrew, thanks very much for joining us, NBC News British historian.”
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