Watch: Meghan Markle's old video on racism resurfaces amid Black Lives Matter US protests

WION Web Team
New Delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2020, 07:46 PM(IST)

Meghan Markle Photograph:( Reuters )

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In an old video, former actress Meghan Markle can be seen recounting her own experience of racism in the US.

As the US witnesses one of the most volatile protests for the right of black people as George Floyd, a black man was killed due to police brutality -- a video of Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle on the issue of racism has been doing the rounds. 

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

Wearing a white tee that reads "I Won't Stand For Racism”, Meghan can be seen raising some important points. She introduces herself as: "My name is Meghan Markle and I'm here because I think it's a really important campaign to be a part of. For me, I think it hits a really personal note. I’m biracial. Most people can't tell what I'm mixed with and so, much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall."

Meghan describes how she was centered with offensive jokes and name calling and also reveals that one time when her mother faced a racial slur like the “n word” as she says in the video. 

She said, "And so, some of the slurs that I've heard, the really offensive jokes or the names, it just hit me in a really strong way and then, you know, a couple of years ago, I heard someone call my mom the ‘n-word.’ 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."

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She continued: "Quite honestly, your race is part of what defines you. I think what shifts things is that the world really treats you based on how you look. Certain people don't look at me and see me as a black woman or a biracial woman. They treat me differently, I think, than they would if they knew what I was mixed with and I think that that is, I don't know, it can be a struggle as much as it can be a good thing depending on the people that you're dealing with."

Meghan then continued to talk about leaving Los Angeles and how things changed as she grew up. 

On an ending note, the former actress said that she hoped things would be better by the time she becomes a mother. She said, "I'm really proud of my heritage on both sides. I’m really proud of where I come from and where I'm going. But, yeah, I hope that by the time I have children that people are even more open minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it's all about. I mean, certainly, it makes it a lot more beautiful and a lot more interesting."

Meanwhile, protesters defied curfews across the United States as leaders scrambled to stem anger over police racism while President Donald Trump rejected criticism over his use of force to break up a peaceful rally.

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