Meghan Markle's engagement with Prince Harry has had a mixed reaction from people all over the world. However, for some, he highlighted the problems of silent racism in the United Kingdom
. Although many are happy for the participation of the star of the "Suits" with Prince Harry, the continuous reports on the race of Markle have opened the topic of racism. For Paula Akpan, co-founder of the Black Girl Festival that celebrates British black women, racism in the UK is "quite insidious." For her, "it is not as openly recognized" as in the United States.
For example, when the royal engagement of Prince Harry and Markle was announced, the Daily Mail publicized one of its stories with a tweet that read "from slaves to royalty." Meghan Markle's rising family, "NBC News reported Last year, the same publication described the" Horrible Bosses "star as" (almost) direct from Compton. "
When Rachel Johnson, journalist and sister of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, wrote in The Mail, described the future of Prince Harry-in-law, Doria Radlan, as "an African-American lady with dreadlocks from the wrong side of the tracks."
Johnson subdued Markle as that she called "Mum Test", her opinion on whether Princess Diana would approve the actress for the royal prince or not.In the end, Johnson failed Markle in the test.
"I have raised my hearing aid, but I still do not hear wedding bells, not on this side of the Atlantic. Miss Markle can be really delicious, but she still does not pbad my Mother's Test, "she wrote.
Another magazine, The Spectator questioned Markle's suitability for Prince Harry because she is divorced and attended a Catholic school." Obviously, 70 years ago, Meghan Markle would have been the kind of woman the prince would have had for a mistress, not a wife, "an annotated note said.
To Akpan, much of the objection to Markle has something to do You can not say it openly.
"We all know what we're trying to say, spit it out, say it," Akpan said (via NBC News) while citing "the silent and unique brand of racism that takes place. "She added," Britain is still racist, it is still very racist. "
The Black Britains is a minority in the UK, they are only three percent of the population in England and Wales. Akpan is not so what in his racist observation in the country.
"I think a lot of people think we're in a post-racial society, but it certainly does not feel that way for the black and brown people who live here," said Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, deputy editor of gal-dem , an online magazine written by women of color. "Racism is still alive and cooking here," he added.
On the other hand, many hope that Prince Harry's wedding with Markle somehow changes the country's perception of race. "Do not underestimate the symbolism of a real marriage," wrote British commentator Afua Hirsch in The Guardian. "From now on, it will be impossible to argue that being black is in some way incompatible with being British."
Hirsh is also a half-breed girl and confessed that it was not easy to reconcile her British identity with society. But with Markle soon joining the most influential British family, she feels a change is coming.
"It seems like that really has changed," Hirsch said Tuesday (through The New York Times). "There is someone I can identify with now"
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