- Jun 7, 2014
- Pacific Palisades CA
- United States
[...], the present reality is that racism impacts the daily realities of people of color in very painful and visceral ways. Meghan, as a biracial black woman, has talked passionately about how racism has impacted her and her family. Her partner, Harry, had to release a statement condemning the racist coverage of Meghan, and comments all over the internet (and some I even heard in person while in the UK recently) show that her race will be an issue for a not insignificant amount of people no matter how much they protest that fact. So much of the "something isn't right about her" or the ridiculous double standards or critiques of her IMO come down to the unconscience racism that permeates both the United States and the UK.
As a black/biracial woman myself, it is monumental that a woman of color will be joining the BRF, the most visible representation of the UK to the world and one of the most prominent family's in the world. Race is a big deal; the US is arguably built on a racial democracy and the UK is still haunted by its colonial past and racial history as well. Meghan will face a triple slam of being foreign, a person of color and an older outspoken woman in a time when nationalism and anti-foreign/anti-POC sentiment is high in the West.
To ignore this aspect of her relationship and position, if she were to be married into the BRF, does a disservice to her own experiences and the experiences of people of color overall. We have come a long way, but there is still massive progress to be made.
Well summed up, Zaira. The weekend was all frivolity and I am always one to go with the flow but I was feeling something was 'off' to have such a quick announcement. Why? Because Meghan needs to fully scope out the scale of what she is taking on. It's not insignificant. I have no doubt in my mind that the BRF will welcome her and support her. It's beyond that. It's the public.
On YouTube one can view videos that show the television advertisement that prompted Meghan's first foray into activism as child (regarding how the woman was portrayed in the soap commercial). I look at that commercial and am aware she will be entering a position in which she will have to 'shut her mouth' and 'keep her head down'. I ask myself: how can this be good for such an intelligent, well-educated, forward-thinking woman?
It remains a conundrum for me.