I have long been fascinated by attitudes here in America with regard to matters of race and racial identity. If I decided to write a post a day for a year about my own experiences as an American black woman, I wouldn’t even scratch the surface of what I’ve lived, seen, and heard. Such an endeavor would be endlessly painful for me, and I intend this virtual space to be one of hope and positivity, not negativity and despair. Don’t get me wrong: I love being black, but the fact of the matter is, having all of this melanin is not for the faint of heart.
Nonetheless, 2 people at the biracial intersection of American blacks and whites have forced my hand: their mere existence has so upset the racist status quo in the United States and Great Britain that I feel compelled to show them my support and appreciation.
Of course, I speak of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, who had the audacity to become president and marry into the British royal family, respectively, while being half-black in the process.
Untold numbers of racist white folk have been apoplectic since Obama was first elected president in 2008. It was their simmering rage that led to the embrace and election of the current president and his openly racist beliefs and ideologies.
Across the pond, where society is purportedly so much more “civilized” than here in the States, Meghan Markle married Prince Henry Charles Albert David, more widely known as Prince Harry. The 2018 union of Harry — second and youngest son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late (and beloved) Diana, Princess of Wales — and Meghan sent the viper-like British tabloid media into a frenzy that continues to this day. Trashing Meghan in print has become sport to them. The harassment recently led her and Harry to say “Deuces” to it all; together, they peaced-out on the racist royal establishment.
By just waking up every day, Duchess Meghan and President Obama cause enough racist tears to fill all of earth’s oceans. By simply being decent, philanthropic, attractive, exceptional, and successful human beings, the duo make their haters seethe so much that they spend their spare time filling comment spaces across cyberspace with bitter, jealous tirades.
I don’t know what it is in particular about biracial or mixed-race people that causes so many hateful souls to reveal their deepest, ugliest emotions. Perhaps there needs to be a scientific area of study — an “-ology” — dedicated exclusively to the unique experiences of mixed people. Who knows?
What I do know is that when 2 biracial Americans rose to worldwide prominence, all hell broke loose. Their lives in and of themselves challenge and threaten white privilege and white supremacy. Their collective spiritual light shone so brightly that centuries-old stifled prejudices bubbled up from under the surface of polite society, pouring through our polite, allegedly “post-racial,” society like lava from a volcano.
It has been an absolute joy to see so many racists become so entirely bothered by each and every move that these two powerhouse individuals have made.
From this little space on the Internet, I just wanted to say “thank you” to President Obama and to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, for daring to shine.
Images from the ©Sussex Royal and Barack Obama Instagram pages.