Meghan Markle Honors George Floyd In Tearful Commencement Address

Carla Harmon
June 6, 2020

"I am sorry that in a way we have not gotten to the place where you deserve it to be".

It seems that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is about to observe in Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussexes' footsteps.

"She explained this was one of the main reasons why she and Harry said their goodbyes to royal life - the lack of support and complete disregard for the pain and anguish Meghan suffered while being crucified in the media". "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". "And I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing because George Floyd's life mattered, and Breonna Taylor's life mattered, and Philando Castile's life mattered, and Tamir Rice's life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we don't know".

Markle shared a message from one of her high school teachers that has stuck with her throughout the years.

"I'm biracial", she says in the clip, which was created for Erase the Hate's "I Won't Stand For." campaign in 2012.

"I've thought about it more in the last week than ever before", she added.

A 2012 dated video of Meghan Markle has found its way to the social media as she talks about racism in the United States and how she has been coping with it since she was a kid and became aware of her non-white skin colour.

A wave of anti-racism protests have been triggered by the death of African-American Mr Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May.

"I know sometimes people say, 'How many times do we need to rebuild?' Well, you know what?"

The former Suits actress, who is biracial, recalled her own childhood memories of the Los Angeles riots and knows they will never fade. She remembers the curfew and the sky smelling of smoke, men in the back of the van holding guns and rifles and houses and trees being completely charred.

Meghan, who recently moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her husband Prince Harry and son Archie, compared the current protests in the city's 1992 riots, which began following the acquittal of L.A. police officers in the brutal arrest of Rodney King. For Meghan, those memories don't go away. "You are going to use your voice in a stronger way than you've ever been able to because most of you are 18 or are going to turn 18, so you're going to vote".

Meghan apologised to the students for having to grow up in a world where racism is still prevalent.

She goes on to say: "I know that you know that black lives matter", before urging the graduates to stand with the movement. We are seeing communities come together and to uplift, and you are going to be part of this movement.

"With as diverse, vibrant and open-minded as I know the teachings are at Immaculate Heart, I know you know that Black lives matters". You are going to lead with love, you are going to lead with compassion, you are going to use your voice...

"You're going to have empathy for those who don't see the world through the same lens that you do". "You are equipped. You are ready".

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