Those who shout loudest about race cannot be allowed to silence others


Reactions to Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry have shown how debates about discrimination often become binary

It was the perfect example of how not to have a public conversation about race. Piers Morgan stormed out of his breakfast TV studio because he was being criticised by a Good Morning Britain colleague, Alex Beresford. Morgan – having had his own say, very loudly – appeared unwilling to listen to criticism from another point of view.

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It is time to stop shouting and start talking about race in Britain. The reaction to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex captured how debates about race are often binary. Is Britain in denial about being systematically racist, or by far the best country on earth for ethnic minorities? Is this a society that shies away from conversations about race, or one that now risks seeming to talk about nothing else?

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