This new video which was just posted on twitter in the last 12 hours, see above, however the video from the ’12 campaign against racism nearly 8 years ago is still very much a valid and informative post relating to Meghan Markle’s perspective and personal feelings on the Black Lives Matter Movement and racism in general.
Read More: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and more all condemn Trump’s incendiary tweet and Racism
A 2012 video of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle speaking about her personal experiences with racism has become public news. The video was posted on a fan page (_duchess_of_sussex) that was reposted December 22, 2019 that Hello! Magazine subsequently resurfaced on June 2nd. The video footage comes available at a fitting time when Black Lives Matter protests are happening across the United States following the death of an unarmed George Floyd by the hands of a group of police officers.
The video shows the Duchess of Sussex wearing a t-shirt that reads “ I Won’t Stand for Racism” as part of a anti-racism video campaign for the charity Erase the Hate. Below you can watch the two minute clip originally from February 2012.
Before becoming a mother, Markle verbalizes within the clip her hopes that the world would be more accepting and anti-racist by the she decided to bring a child into the world. “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.” Meghan and Prince Harry are now parents to their one year old son named Archie and although there have been some changes, much still needs to be done towards racial equality and justice.
Read More: 2020 Pulitzer Picks: “The Nickel Boys” Makes History
Within the clip, Meghan speaks to how she is personally affected and has experienced racism and the perceptions people hold towards her being of mixed race. Markle is a biracial woman, her mother Doria Ragland is black and father Thomas Markle is white.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust also took to its social media, which is overseen by Meghan Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II. The post can be seen on Twitter on June 1st, with a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the following written caption:
“Young people are vital voices in the fight against injustice and racism around the world,” the organization wrote on its Twitter yesterday. “As a global community of young leaders, we stand together in pursuit of fairness and a better way forward. Silence is not an option. #BlackLivesMatter.”
“My name’s Meghan Markle and I’m here because I think it’s a really important campaign to be a part of. For me, I think it hits a really personal note. 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. And so some of the slurs that I’ve heard or the really offensive jokes or the names, it’s just hit me in a really strong way. And then, 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, and certainly the world, and to want things to be better.
Quite honestly, your race is part of what defines you. I think what shifts things is that the world really treats you based on how you look. Certain people don’t look at me and see me as a Black woman or a biracial woman. They treat me differently, I think, than they would if they knew what I was mixed with, and I think that that is—I don’t know, it can be a struggle as much as it can be a good thing depending on the people that you’re dealing with“meghan markle / i won’t stand for racism video campaign