Sat | Mar 28, 2020

Journalists can spread kindness and love

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:14 AM


Responsible journalism can make a difference in this terrible time when the coronovirus ravages the earth impartially, irrespective of country, ethnicity, class, nationality or education.

Surely, thinking mankind must concede, we are one world, black or white, rich or poor? We need to put away pettiness, racism, class distinctions and spite.

I refer to the kind of spite that pushes a journalist to refer to former Duchess Of Sussex, Meghan Markle as “5 clicks away from trailer trash” or speak of the Duchess of Cambridge, whose “pursed lips” on Commonwealth Day show she’s a true royal, able to bear a grudge (against Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for having decided to walk away from her duties as a senior royal). Journalists also refer to the former Duchess of Sussex mother’s dreadlocks in disparaging terms.

The Duchess of Sussex is nowhere near trailer trash. She’s conducted herself like a lady, like her mother - and the African American side of her family. Her paternal relatives, all caucasians, have been the ones speaking to the press and spewing malice. It speaks volumes for the Duchess of Sussex that she has risen above this. In truth, Her Majesty, the Queen was well aware of all of this and nevertheless did not allow this to weigh against her giving permission for Ms. Markle to marry her Grandson Prince Harry, reputedly very close to her.

Neither, Her Majesty, nor the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has said anything about the departure of the Sussexes. So how can journalists claim to speak for them? How can one determine the reason behind someone’s expression without asking that person? Is it possible that, the Duchess of Cambridge might have been saddened and displeased that by hounding the Duchess of Sussex the irresponsible press had ensured this was her last official duty she shared with her brother and sister-in-law?

It certainly must have occurred to the Sussexes that in a short while, their son very well might be subject to the same abuse as the Duchess of Sussex.

Certainly, this time when a deadly pandemic sweeps the globe, no responsible journalist ought to be fomenting tales of dissention among leaders of society, when the populace need to see all leaders working together to help the people fight this deadly virus.

If a black doctor born in a trailer or a novel found the vaccine to stop this deadly virus, would any of these racist journalists refuse it? I doubt it.

It’s time journalists honour their responsibility to inform truthfully, responsibly and without malice. We can’t do without them, especially at this time.

Novlette Myers