Markle has had the opposite experience, recalling in a personal essay for in 2015 that in grade school, her teacher urged her to check the Caucasian box while filling out the census, because that was how she appeared. Not as an act of defiance, but rather a symptom of my confusion.I couldn’t bring myself to do that, to picture the pit-in-her-belly sadness my mother would feel if she were to find out. (Her father later advised her to draw her own.) As kids, my cousins too had trouble identifying themselves with either race.Quite literally, blackness has historically been viewed as a stain; once touched, it would change the identity and the perceived worth of the entire person.America’s early-20th-century “one-drop rule” not only prohibited interracial cohabitation, but also defined anyone with “Negro blood” of any amount as black.Markle is absolutely beautiful, and I am a fan of her coupling with Prince Harry (exclusive from my opinions about the race politics behind their engagement), but to frame her as a black girl elevated to royalty is to do a disservice to our evolving grasp on race and the complexity of blackness.This essay was written in an apartment building that is perched on a heavily policed street in the Bronx.to describe a cultural event other than modern art shows, and those will only be reduced to cool if they are hard to recognize as art but trendy enough to acquire likes on Instagram.Tweets continued to scroll by on my feed reflecting a hue of the black American response: Markle looks like some of the mixed-race girls who I went to high school with in my suburban town.
So their mothers would encourage their black friendships, which seemed to come easier.
They held signs asking for the lights to be kept on in their school building for after-school programs.
I look back at my desk where there is a full glass of water which I will drink from and refill, drink from and refill, until I have had plenty.
You can tell with some ease that my mixed-race cousins have black in them.
Their hair has kinks, their nose bridge widens, and their lips are enviously full.
Their black friends would praise their hair for being silkier than theirs, call them funny even when their jokes were indulgent, and make room for them at the table even if it was full.