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The Royal Engagement Proves That A Mixed Race Person Still Confuses People

December 3, 20173 min read

Recently, Meghan Markle, a biracial woman, has gotten engaged to Prince Harry and it proves that people are still confused with how to label a mixed race woman (or man).

Markle has a Caucasian father and an African American mother, which, obviously, makes her biracial, both black and white.

In July of 2015, she published an essay in Elle called I’m More Than An ‘Other’.

Markle writes about her experience about being biracial as she both grew up and dove into the acting industry. As a mixed person myself, I could connect with this essay because she explains encounters that mixed people understand all too well.

In light of her engagement to Prince Harry, the reactions are all over the board. Some are excited about having a woman of color marry into royalty.

However, there are tweets that are not too pleased with reactions like those.

Needless to say, it is understandable as to why there are many black people that feel resentful toward light-skinned and mixed people. Due to people fetishizing light skin, it promotes colorism.

The uproar about Markle simply proves how mixed people are seen. She says in her essay for Elle, “I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones.” The issue is that society labels everyone. From the moment one sees another, the thought is: this person is black or this person is white. When seeing a biracial person, it is often for us to hear what are you?

Markle is in the middle of the two groups. She identifies as biracial. She is not a white woman nor a black woman, she is a biracial woman. Some black/African American people wish to ‘claim’ her because it is a woman who is not fully Caucasian accomplishing prosperous tasks, like becoming a successful actress and humanitarian to marrying into royalty, and because they can relate to that section of her background that is other than Caucasian.

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Marie Melendez

I'm a novelist and poet who drinks way too much coffee and reads way too many books.