The black community encourages the first woman of color to join the regency
Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press
Published at 8:38 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017
Photo: Frank Augstein, STF
Photo: Frank Augstein, STF
& # 39; Dreams work: & # 39; Black women encourage real engagement
For some black women, the engagement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was something else. One of the most eligible singles in the world has chosen someone who looks like them and grew up like them.
It's the kind of storybook plot that you do not always experience.
"It's that old tale of Cinderella & # 39;" said the editor in chief of Essence Magazine, Vanessa K. DeLuca. "No matter what, we all have this fantasy of being swept by the prince, it's a confirmation that, of course, we can be princesses … We need to see that as black women, that's possible, that's something we can not see enough , and that's what we're responding to. "
Markle, whose mother is black and her father is white, will be the first woman of color in modern history to join the British royal family. .
Joins famous black women like Serena Williams, rapper Eve and Janet Jackson who have recently found love outside their race, and with powerful men.
Ashley Mosley had been living in London this summer, across the street from Kensington Gardens. The gossip of compromise between Markle and Prince Harry was one that no one could talk about at the hairdresser in their neighborhood. When the news broke this week, Mosley shouted: "Oh, my God!"
"Coming to America" was fictional, but this is going to be real, "Mosley said, referring to the 1988 Eddie Murphy movie that imagined an African Prince finding a black wife in New York.
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Although this week's celebrations have been extensive and plentiful, the real commitment has not come without conflict for Harry and Markle. After his relationship was announced this year, Harry lashed out at what he described as "racial nuances" in media coverage and overt racism on social media.
Markle said this week that it was "discouraging" to have to deal with questions about her identity in 2017.
For Markle, part of the negative coverage marked a sad refrain. When Markle was growing up in Los Angeles, his black mother was confused with her nanny, and her father worked hard to protect her from intolerance. As an actress, she struggled with her double background, which prevented her from obtaining black and white papers.
The commitment reflects broader trends in interracial marriage in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
According to a recent Pew Research Center badysis of the US Census data. UU among newlyweds, the proportion of newly married blacks with a spouse of a different race has more than tripled, from 5 percent in 1980 to 18 percent in 2015. Another study showed that more than 2 million people in England and Wales, or 9 percent of couples, were part of mixed race relationships in 2011, up from 7 percent in the previous decade.
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Still, African-Americans face more obstacles to marriage than other groups.
In the United States, the black community is the least likely racial group to marry, at 68 percent, compared to 90 percent of whites and 85 percent of Hispanics, according to EE data . UU Office of La Bor Statistics.
African-Americans also tend to marry later, at an average age of 26.2, compared to 24.2 for whites and 23.8 for Hispanics.
Morgan Jerkins, a 25-year-old writer and publisher who lives in New York, said the couple's story is inspiring, especially Markle's second chance at love as a divorced woman in her 30s.
"The odds were not in your favor," said Jerkins, a black woman.
I am in favor of seeing women of color loved publicly and enormously. We are bombarded all the time with messages about how (not worthy of marriage) we are. For this moment, we can say: "Not today."
It's also fun.
In a year full of endlessly bad headlines, often about minority communities, the engagement was an opportunity to escape, imagine and celebrate.
The news threw a thousand memes when people went to social networks to contemplate the cultural clash between American blacks and the British.
"I think it's encouraging that women are independent and do what makes them happy," Mosley said. . "When you follow your heart and your dreams, they bear fruit … You could end up with a prince on the other side!"