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Oprah's Interview With Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, Is Black Women Solidarity In Action

Oprah's Interview With Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, Is Black Women Solidarity In Action

Protect Black women - always!

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had an exclusive interview with her husband Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday night. The explosive interview detailed their tense relationship with the British royal family and the racism that led to them breaking away. Winfrey used her platform to give the Duchess a voice; she spoke the truth that many Black women have felt having to deal with racial microaggressions in silence with a smile.

 

 

During the two-hour interview, the Duchess spoke on the impact of being an unprotected member of the royal family led her to have a mental health crisis, even contemplating suicide as a means to get out.

"I just didn't want to be alive anymore," she said. "And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember — I remember how he just cradled me."

After the couple fled to Canada, they were cut off from the royal coffers and were not offered protection except from Tyler Perry. He put them up in his mansions and paid for their security until they could get on their feet. Again, protecting a Black woman when toxic whiteness attempted to break her down.

"We didn't have a plan," the Duchess told Winfrey. The expecting mom said the invitation from Perry, a close friend, "gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do."

The internet rallied around the Duchess, Harry, and their son, Archie, after the interview, after learning that even their unborn child was facing racist attacks from the family.

"We have in tandem the conversation of 'He won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born," Meghan said.

Tennis star, and close friend of the Duchess penned a letter in solidarity, saying how proud she was of her for opening up about her struggles.

"I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us," Williams. "We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal."

Oprah's show of Black sisterhood is precisely the reminder the world needs this International Women's Day, as we amplify the voices of women everywhere.   

 We will always stand for Black women! Thank you Oprah, Tyler Perry, and Meghan!

Photo Credit: CBS