Royal family supports BLM movement, senior representative says
A senior representative for Queen Elizabeth II told the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News in an interview airing Friday that the queen and other family members support the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Well the answer is easily yes,” Kenneth Olisa, first Black lord-lieutenant of Greater London, told the news outlet in excerpts of an interview released on Friday when asked if the royal family supports the principle of Black Lives Matter.
“Well, the answer is easily yes.”
Sir Kenneth Olisa responds to @symeonbrown asking whether the Royal Family supports the principle of Black Lives Matter. The first Black Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London reveals he has discussed issues surrounding race with the Royals. pic.twitter.com/UxIgNa9pl0
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 10, 2021
Olisa explained that discussions around race had been particularly prevalent following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of a white former Minneapolis officer in May 2020. Floyd’s death prompted further discussions around racism and equity in the United States as well as global protests.
“I have discussed with the palace, the royal household, this whole issue of race, particularly in the last 12 months since the George Floyd incident,” Olisa added. “It’s a hot conversation topic. As the question is what more can we do — the royal family — to bind society in this country to remove these barriers.”
Earlier this year in a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke about an unnamed family member who posed questions about what skin color their child would have after he was born.
Markle, who is biracial, expressed she was upset at “the idea of our son not being safe, and also the idea of the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be.”
That led to Prince William denouncing the idea that his family is racist.
“We’re very much not a racist family,” William said in March.