Dating black man ‘a crash course in racism’: Norway princess

Dating black man 'a crash course in racism': Norway princess
Princess Märtha Louise at the wedding of Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill in 2013. Photo: Frankie Fouganthin/Wikimedia Commons
Norway's Princess Märtha Louise has said her year dating the black shaman Durek Verrett has helped her understand the racism fueling the protests sweeping the US and beyond.
The princess, who last year agreed to stop using her royal title as part of her commercial work as a clairvoyant, said that before dating the black self-described shaman Durek Verrett she had had no idea about how pervasive racism is. 
 
“Being @shamandurek ‘s girlfriend has given me a crash course in how white supremacy is at play and the way I have consciously and subconsciously thought of and acted towards black people,” she admitted in a post on Instagram.  “It is in the details (which I had no idea still existed).” 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Being @shamandurek ‘s girlfriend has given me a crash course in how white supremacy is at play and the way I have consciously and subconsciously thought of and acted towards black people. How I have taken my rights for granted – never looked properly at what racism really is, because it has been comfortable for me that the system is in place. I am not proud of it, but I realize I need to grow into understanding this deeply rooted system to be able to be part of the dismantling of it. I, as a white person, need to grow, educate myself and become better and move from being against racism to being anti-racist. Racism is not just the obvious (which I thought it was), of the openly discrimination, mistreating and killing of black people which is easy and obvious to take a stand against. It is in the details (which I had no idea still existed). It is in the way people shy away from Durek. How friends assume he lies about everything. That he is evil for being kind. The words muttered under their breath, making it perfectly clear to him that he does not have a natural place at the table. People at high places saying “How dare you think I would touch your hand?” when he reached out his hand to say goodnight (pre Covid-19). People thinking they aren’t racist, but don’t know anyone with a different skin color than their own, apart from the people working for them. How it is assumed that Durek is not a good person who actually loves me, but has manipulated me into loving him and keeps manipulating me in our relationship. How he will exploit me financially. The press presents him as a liar, being violent and a threat to my family and myself, sharing scrupulously his X’s story without checking facts, because it supports the belief system already in place about him. THAT IS RACISM! We have both received death threats for being together and have weekly been told that we shame our people and families for choosing each other. The reality of it all is that I love how he holds space for me as a woman, listens to my wisdom and shows up for me and my girls. I love how he shares his wisdom with the world, how he inspires, creates change CONTINUES BELOW IN COMMENTS ?

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The princess complained that since she had begun dating Verrett, she had noticed the level of distrust many of her friends instantly had for him, some refusing to take his hand, muttering under their breath, or assuming he was manipulating her, or after her money. 
 
“The press presents him as a liar, being violent and a threat to my family and myself, sharing scrupulously his X’s [ex's] story without checking facts, because it supports the belief system already in place about him. THAT IS RACISM!” she wrote. 
 
Märtha Louise, the only daughter and eldest child of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, came under attack last year after she announced that she and Verrett were to give a joint lecture tour titled  “The Princess and the Shaman”. 
 
The new post came a week after Märtha Louise in another Instagram post expressed her condemnation of the killing of George Floyd. 
 
 
 

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