Why Meghan Markle Chooses to Proudly Identify with Her African American Roots

Meghan Markle

 

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Performing artist Meghan Markle is best known for depicting Rachel Zane on the TV arrangement Suits.  In real life she has a decidedly low key persona and a simple girl next door type of demur that is probably what attracted Prince Harry to her in the first place.  She is the type of celebrity that decides not to color their hair blond even though no one would think the worse of them if they did.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle is just the Girl Next Door at Heart

In any case, when the makers of the show chose to fuse Rachel Zane’s family into a scene, uncovering that her dad was Afro-American, a ton of watchers disagreed with that which, obviously, annoyed Megan Markle who really is half-Caucasian and half-African-American.

Meghan is a fitness enthusiant
Meghan is into staying fit

Markle had the opportunity to talk about her own particular encounters as biracial in a piece she composed for Elle Magazine, and she said, “While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.”

Meghan Markle has the Prince Harry's Eye
Meghan Markle has Prince Harry’s Eye

Megan Markle thinks deeply about these things as you might well imagine from a person who has grown up biracial in our black or white world.

Meghan Just The Girl Next Door
Meghan Just The Girl Next Door

‘What are you?” An inquiry she gets solicited each week in her life, regularly, consistently, and  something this author is well a custom to hearing too. “Well, I say, as I start the verbal move I know great. She is an on-screen character, an author, the Editor-in-Chief of her way of life mark The Tig”,  as she says. She is an entirely decent cook and a firm devotee to manually written notes.”  A bite, truly, however one that she feels portrays her identity.  She goes on “Be that as it may, this is what happens: they grin and gesture amiably, perhaps even laugh, before getting to their point, ‘Right, yet what are you? Where are your folks from?” She knows this is coming, we generally do. While Megan says she could just state Pennsylvania and Ohio, and proceed with this notorious two-step, She would rather give them what they’re after: “My father is Caucasian and my mother is African American. I’m half black and half white.”

Meghan-Markle-and-Prince-Harry
Meghan-Markle-and-Prince-Harry

To portray something as being black and white means it is obviously characterized. However when your ethnicity is black and white, the division is not that reasonable. Truth be told, it makes for a grey area. Being biracial paints an obscured line that is evenly proportional amounts of amazing and lit up. When She was requested to by ELLE to share her story, she said “I’ll be straightforward, I was frightened. It’s anything but difficult to discuss which make-up I lean toward, my most loved scene I’ve shot, the drivel of ‘a day in the life’ and how much green juice I devour before an imperative Pilates class. And keeping in mind that I have dunked my toes into this on the tig.com, sharing little vignettes of my encounters as a biracial lady, today I am being more daring, to go somewhat more profound, and to share a considerably bigger photo of that with you.” or something to that effect.

She goes on to state; “Being ‘ethnically ambiguous’, as I was pegged in the industry, meant I could audition for virtually any role. Morphing from Latina when I was dressed in red, to African American when in mustard yellow; my closet filled with fashionable frocks to make me look as racially varied as an Eighties Benetton poster. Sadly, it didn’t matter: I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job.”

Megan seems to have found her professional home as she says about Suits, “This is precisely why Suits stole my heart. It’s the Goldilocks of my acting career – where finally I was just right. The series was initially conceived as a dramedy about a NY law firm flanked by two partners, one of whom navigates this glitzy world with his fraudulent degree.”

And to sum it up Megan makes this statement which turns out to, well be prophetic; “Just as black and white, when mixed, make grey, in many ways that’s what it did to my self-identity: it created a murky area of who I was, a haze around how people connected with me. I was grey. And who wants to be this indifferent color, devoid of depth and stuck in the middle? I certainly didn’t. So you make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it.”

 

Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so you already know that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of the UK are an item.   It seems wondrous to us that they have become so given the current climate in America but maybe that is the reason Meghan has taken to the adoption of Canada as her second home. After all racial tensions seem to be quite a bit less in Canada as has historical been the case, at least in modern times.   To that measure it is really not a surprise to hear the news today that the Governor General of Canada himself is on record wishing that Meghan and Harry would tie the knot already.

Let us go on record giving our support to this outcome as well.  Not only do they deserve to be happy and have every right to it, this union could be a path back from the decidedly non-inclusive path that Donald Trump and his base has been leading the country, and world for that matter.

 

 

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