At the moment, dozens of US cities have gone out in protest, seeking justice for the inhumane murder of George Floyd, a member of the African-American community. And in these times of racial tensions, an old video of Meghan Markle from 2012 has resurfaced. In it, Meghan talks about her own experiences with racism and her hopes of racial tensions in the United States declining in the future. The video is eight years old and still relevant today, as her wish for peace and love between people is still out of reach.
The PSA was filmed for Erase the Hate’s “I Won’t Stand For…” campaign. Meghan filled in the blank with “racism” and she spoke about her first-hand accounts with racism in North America.
“I’m biracial. Most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with, and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall,” the then-Suits star said in the PSA. “And so some of the slurs I’ve heard or the really offensive jokes, or the names, it’s just hit me in a really strong way.”
She continued, “You know, a couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the N-word. So I think for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, just to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, certainly the world, and to want things to be better.”
Markle said that it wasn’t until she left Los Angeles did she start becoming aware of how “close-minded” people are when it comes to race. When she married Prince Harry and moved ‘over the pond’, unfortunately, things weren’t much different.
Compared to her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the media would be bashed and criticized by the media on everything she did and said, with it ultimately coming to her and Prince Harry calling out inherent racism behind the attack.
“I thought that [close-mindedness] was really isolated to those days that we were past, and sadly they’re not,” Markle said in the PSA. “I am really proud of my heritage on both sides,” Markle continued. “I’m really proud of where I’ve come from and where I’m going…I hope that by the time I have children that people are even more open-minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it’s all about. I mean, certainly, it makes it a lot more beautiful and a lot more interesting.”
There is still much to do, but this is not some easy solution where one black square will stop racism for good. Its a continual conversation and fight that we must have for how long it takes, even if it seems hopeless at moments.