Meghan Markle makes passionate speech about George Floyd in new video
Meghan Markle has lent her voice to the conversation surrounding racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd.
After recently relocating from Vancouver Island to Los Angeles., the Duchess of Sussex has described current upheaval in the city as “absolutely devastating.”
Markle shared the impassioned response as part of a virtual graduation ceremony at L.A.'s Immaculate Heart High School, where she was once a pupil.
“I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart", she began.
“I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing, because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered. And so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.”
The duchess revealed an important piece of life advice which was first given to her by a teacher while she was volunteering during sophomore year: "Always remember to put others’ needs above your own fears", she said.
The former Suits star also recalled memories of the L.A. riots, which she witnessed when she was a young girl.
She continued: “I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home, seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings, and seeing people run out of buildings carrying bags and looting.”
“I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles. I remember pulling up to the house and seeing the tree that had always been there, completely charred. And those memories don’t go away.”
Markle encouraged the students to create a better future for themselves by making use of their right to vote. “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 turn 18 soon — so you’re going to vote,” she added.
“You’re going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens that you do.”
Ending her message with a powerful statement, Markle concluded: “I know you know that Black lives matter. I am already excited for what you are going to do in the world. You are ready, we need you and you are prepared. I’m so proud to call each of you a fellow alumni. I am cheering you on, all along the way. I am exceptionally proud of you.”
Back in August 2019, the actress's best friend Jessica Mulroney called out "racist bullies" who had been targeting Markle after she and her husband Prince Harry used a private jet for travelling in Europe.
"When someone faces unfair criticism, you call it out”, said Mulroney. “When that person is your friend and your family, you call those critics what they truly are. Shame on you, you racist bullies."
Although Mulroney didn’t specify exactly who she was talking about, the Canadian social-media influencer referred to the “3 years of undeserved hate and abuse”, which the duchess encountered after her relationship with the British prince first hit the spotlight in 2016.
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