Thank you for sharing your experience, reminding us that history does repeat itself. And, for women of color, it can go completely unnoticed. Thank you for “spilling tea” gracefully instead of maliciously.
When you shared your suicidal thoughts, it forced me to reflect on my current mental health situation.
I’ve been a fan of yours since I saw Suits. I loved your blog, the Tig, and your work with the UN. I didn’t care that you were dating Prince Harry. Your grounded, honest nature made me a fan. When you married into the Royal Family, I, like you, did not know much about them. I noticed all the good you wanted to do, but the limits placed on you. I instantly knew that every “criticism” that came your was solely based on your race. I defended you when my white girlfriends said, “Kate went through this too.” Because, I knew Kate didn’t deal with racism.
Meghan, I know that if the Royal Family stood with you then things would be easier. If they acknowledged the racism you faced, things would be different. I understand the struggles of being in an environment where everyone is silent on the issue of racism; where racism is an opinion, not discrimination; where calling out racism makes you the villain, not a leader.
I am happy you’re okay. I am grateful that you’re safe. I hope you stay vocal about every experience. Please continue to share every emotion and thought because they’re not signs of weakness. Rather, indicators of your strength and resilience. When we share, we give the world more information about issues we care about. We remind the world that people are affected by racism. There are psychological harms that people of color will constantly suffer.
You will always inspire me to stay outspoken about every issue I am passionate about. From Suits to Archwell, I will be your fan. I see you, I hear you and I love you.