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You really can't tell me a damn thing for the rest of the day because it won't matter. Or does Markle's new position reinforce harmful stereotypes around beauty and colorism—that lighter skin is more desirable. pic.twitter.com/Wm Bn Gm5Au Z— Girl Tyler (@sheistyler) November 27, 2017 But one group celebrated and debated and engaged more than others: black women. A black princess that brown and black faces can see themselves in and look up to?It is an encouragement to women of color and women in general that just because you're 25, 30, or 35, there is still hope. – I'm not gonna lie, I didn't really know who she was until this story started popping up on my Snapchat feed a month ago. I see a lot of myself in Meghan—having grown up in LA, being mixed, and being in an interracial relationship, so I'm more than excited to have her in living in the royal palace. – Forward thinking people live in a world where racial identity is in the eye of the beholder, this is despite the oppressive and negative constructs race has been built from.Think about what this means for little girls of color to be able to grow up with a woman that looks like them in one of the most influential positions in the world. While this is a space I like to occupy, Markle doesn't identify as a Black woman, so we are different.In Hollywood it can be easier to deny that path and play white characters all the time. Instead, I was greeted with the wonderful news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got engaged.I think there is something really cool about being unapologetic about who you are, and being proud of that. I’ve been overinvested in the lives of British Royalty for years now so my subsequent social media freak out was nothing new or unexpected.This all due to us now having a Black woman in the royal family through marriage.She's not the first and we can now guarantee, she won't be the last, she'll also be entering through the front door.
Meghan is 36 and divorced and I love that she doesn't fall under the cookie cutter example of what a princess should be or could be.
Then, a few hours later Meghan and Prince Harry made their first appearance as an engaged couple in the Kensington Palace gardens.
The look of complete adoration that graced Prince Harry’s face as he looked at Meghan caused me to tear up for a multitude of reasons.
However, the crushing reality, that this wedding, their lives and the offensive (read racist and classist) press coverage of her, her background and her family will be continual and consistent, and we will not be allowed to forget.
We're told these are the things we should care about, but I'm wondering how a country with a shrinking economy, huge cuts to public services (which particularly adversely impact women of colour), an "emperor's new clothes" attitude to triggering Brexit, and the lingering and persistent unequal treatment of British people of colour, will fare under this new carpet of cognitive dissonance that no doubt will be called: 'post-racial Britain'.
But, as I watched Harry’s face melt into joy every time he looked at Meghan, a beautiful, educated, and highly accomplished black girl, I regained a bit of hope that I might experience the same happiness someday.