Meghan Markle’s heart “hurts” young people who fall into a world of “uncertainty and injustice” and she hopes her impassioned speech to students at her old school addressing racial division has given them “hope, comfort and inspiration,” according to a report.
The Duchess of Sussex broke her silence on the murder of George Floyd and lent her support to the Black Lives Matter protests in the UNITED States last week during a speech to graduate students at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
She revealed that she had not spoken about the death of the 46-year-old black man, who died after white police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nine minutes, before because she had been “nervous.”
A source said Hello! magazine that the situation “raised a lot of emotion” for Meghan, 38, who has opened up in the past about how racism has affected her own family.
The Duchess of Sussex broke her silence on the murder of George Floyd last week, saying that “black lives matter” and revealed that she had not spoken about her death before because she had been “nervous.” Meghan, 38, delivered an address to graduate students at her former school, Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles (pictured)
“Meghan was excited to participate in the IHHS graduation ceremony, but after this week she knew she couldn’t talk to a group of compassionate and service-motivated young women without attacking George Floyd and the racism that afflicts this country,” they said.
“His heart hurts young people who graduate in a world of uncertainty and injustice. She hopes that her words have given her some hope, comfort or inspiration to the school community she cares about.
In her poignant six-minute virtual speech to students at her old school, Meghan said, “George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.”
The other three people mentioned by Meghan were African-Americans killed by U.S. police over the past six years.
The Duchess also called Los Angeles the “hometown” of the family after moving there with Harry and their son Archie, one.
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According to the source, Meghan was “excited to participate in the IHHS graduation ceremony, but after this week she knew she couldn’t talk to a group of compassionate and service-motivated young women without tackling George Floyd and racism. [the US]’
Speaking of Mr. Floyd, she said, “I wasn’t sure what I could tell you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that he would be taken apart. And I realized that the only bad thing to say is not to say anything.
The video was published in the women’s black lifestyle magazine Essence, which posted it on its website saying “courtesy of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.”
The Duchess also said how students “are going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens you do,” adding: “With as diverse, dynamic and open-minded as I know the teachings at Immaculate Heart are, I know you know that black lives matter.
Meghan also referred to some of the advice a 15-year-old teacher gave her: “I remember my teacher at the time,” one of my teachers, Ms. Pollia, told me as I was leaving for a day of volunteering, “don’t always forget to put the needs of others above your own fears.”
“And it stuck with me all my life and I thought about it more than ever last week.”
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Speaking of Mr Floyd, Meghan (pictured in South Africa in September) said: “I wasn’t sure what I could tell you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that he would be taken apart. And I realized that the only bad thing to say is not to say anything.
Meghan was referring to her former theology teacher, Maria Pollia, who once described her as a “remarkable student” who was “very enthusiastic about the material, but always took it one step further.”
Meghan also spoke to students about their future, saying, “You know you’re going to rebuild, rebuild and rebuild until it’s rebuilt.
Because when the foundation is broken, so do we. You’re going to lead with love, you’re going to lead with compassion, you’re going to use your voice.
His speech left some Immaculate Heart students in tears, with one on Twitter with the username ‘blm ‘ gia’ saying: ‘Meghan Markle talking about George Floyd and BLM in my virtual graduation. I’m crying.
Yesterday it appeared Harry and Meghan were “quietly” having meetings with key people and organizations linked to the Black Lives Matter movement to “educate” themselves.
Meghan mentioned three other people who have been killed by U.S. police in the past six years during her speech to students at her old school. She also called Los Angeles the family’s “hometown” after moving there with Harry and their son Archie, one of them (pictured together in South Africa in September)
According to one source, the couple had “private conversations” with people “at all levels” to ensure they were “related to issues of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.”
They told Omid Scobie, Royal Editor of Harper’s Bazaar: “Harry and Meghan have had private conversations with community leaders and people at all levels to make sure they understand the news.
“It’s an incredibly personal thing for Meghan, especially given how much she’s been through. And as a couple, that’s, of course, very important. They both feel it, just like all of us.
Meghan has already described her mother’s and grandfather’s experiences, and her own journey as a biracial woman.
Protests took place across America and beyond after white police officer Derek Chauvin (seen on the right) knelt on George Floyd’s unarmed neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds last week, despite Floyd’s desperate repeated cries for help shouting, “I can’t breathe.” Floyd (left and right) fainted and later died
The former Suits star has become the first Mixed-race person in modern history to marry a senior British royal official in 2018.
But Meghan and the Duke of Sussex resigned as senior civil servants in March to pursue personal and financial freedom in the United States, after recounting their struggles with their royal lives and intense media interest.
The former American actress recounted, before getting married to the Windsor family, how his grandfather told him as a child that he and his family had stopped at Kentucky Fried Chicken on a road trip, but that they had to go to the back of the restaurant for “colors” and eat the chicken in the parking lot.
“This story still haunts me,” she wrote. “It reminds me how young our country is. How far we have gone and how far we still have to go.
An old meghan clip filmed as part of the ‘I Won’t Stand For…’ campaign for the non-profit organization Erase the Hate, was uncovered in the wake of the recent protests. In the video, Meghan shared her hope that society will become more ‘open-minded’
Meghan, whose father Thomas Markle is Caucasian and mother Doria Ragland is African-American, wrote of her past: “Although my mixed heritage may have created a gray area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with one foot on both sides of the fence, I came to embrace that.
“Saying who I am, sharing where I come from, expressing my pride in being a strong and confident mixed race woman.”
In an article for Elle Magazine in 2015, she said she saw her mother being called “the n word” by another driver in Los Angeles and described the grief she caused.
“My skin rushed with heat while looking at my mother. Her eyes with hateful tears, I could only exhale a whisper of words, so hushed that they were barely audible: “It’s OK, Mom,” she writes.
Meghan also described how her great-great-great-grandfather continued to create his own identity when he was freed from slavery.
The Duchess has opened up in the past about how racism has affected her own family. She is photographed as a young girl with her father Thomas Markle
“Because in 1865 (which is so very recent), when slavery was abolished in the United States, former slaves had to choose a name. A last name, to be exact,” she wrote.
“Perhaps the closest thing to connecting me to my ever-complex family tree, my desire to know where I come from and the community that connects me to my lineage, is the choice that my great-great-great-great-grandfather made to start over.
He chose the surname Wisdom.
As a child, her father, from whom she is now separated, created a Barbie family for Christmas when they were sold only in sets of white dolls or black dolls.
She wrote on her lifestyle blog how her new collection had “a black mom doll, a white dad doll, and a child in every color. My father had taken the sets apart and customized my family.
“I’m so sorry you have to grow up in a world where it’s still there”: Meghan’s full speech to students
‘Immaculate Heart High School, the graduating class of 2020. For the past few weeks, I’ve been planning to say a few words for your degree.
“And as we’ve all seen over the past week, what’s happening in our country, in our state and in our hometown of Los Angeles has been absolutely devastating.
“And I wasn’t sure what I could tell you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t or that he would be taken apart.
“And I realized that the only bad thing to say is not to say anything. Because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered, as did so many others whose names we know and whose names we do not know. Stephon Clark, his life mattered.
“And I was thinking about when I was in the second year of high school, I was 15, and as you know in the second year, that’s the year we volunteer, which is a prerequisite for graduation.
“And I remember my teacher at the time, one of my teachers, Ms. Pollia, telling me that I was going on a day of volunteering, “don’t always forget to put the needs of others above your own fears.”
“And it stuck with me all my life and I thought about it more than ever last week.
“So the first thing I want to tell you is that I’m sorry. I’m sorry you have to grow up in a world where this is still present.
“I was 11 or 12 when I was about to start Immaculate Heart Middle School in the fall, and it was the Los Angeles riots, which was also triggered by a senseless act of racism.
“And I remember the curfew and I remember rushing home and on that ride, seeing ash falling from the sky and smelling smoke and seeing smoke billowing from buildings and seeing people running out of buildings carrying bags and looting.
And I remember seeing men in the back of a pickup truck holding guns and rifles. And I remember pulling up at home and seeing the tree, which had always been there, completely charred. And those memories don’t go away.
“And I can’t imagine that at 17 or 18, that is your age now, you would have to have a different version of that kind of experience. This is something you should have an understanding of, but an understanding of as a history lesson, not like your reality.
“So I’m sorry in a way that we didn’t get the world to a place where you deserve to be.
“The other thing I remember about that time is the way people came together, and we’re seeing it right now. That’s what we’re seeing from the Michigan sheriff or the Virginia police chief.
“We see people in solidarity, we see communities coming together and rising. And you’re going to be part of that movement.
“I know this is not the diploma you envisioned and it’s not the celebration you imagined.
“But I also know that there is a way for us to reframe this so that you don’t see this as the end of something, but rather to see it as the beginning of you exploiting all the work, all the values, all the skills that you have embodied over the last four years —and now you’re channeling that.
“Now all this work is on. Now you can be part of the rebuild. And I know that sometimes people say how many times do we need to rebuild?
“You know you’re going to rebuild, rebuild and rebuild until it’s rebuilt. Because when the foundation is broken, so do we. You will lead with love, you will lead with compassion, you will use your voice.
You’re going to use your voice in a stronger way than you’ve ever been able to because most of you are 18 — or you’re going to be 18 — so you’re going to vote.
“You’re going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens as you, because with as diverse, dynamic and open-minded as I know the teachings at Immaculate Heart are, I know you know that black lives matter. So I knewIs already excited for what you’re going to do in the world.
“You are equipped, you are ready, we need you and you are ready. I am so proud to call each of you a comrade of I look forward to seeing what you will do.
“Please know that I encourage you along the way, I am exceptionally proud of you, and I wish you a huge congratulations today, the beginning of all the impact you will make in the world as leaders that we all so deeply envy. Congratulations ladies, and thank you in advance.