Royal Racism


cjones05252018

I think the thing that bums me out the most about the wedding between Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle is that I remember the wedding between Prince Charles and Diana. God, I’m getting old.

A lot of people seem to be making a stink about Meghan being of mixed race. I thought maybe it was being overblown until I saw a headline in a British publication saying something about Markle, who was born in Los Angeles, being “straight outta Compton.”

So, it’s not just white Americans freaking out when they see a black person in a situation they deem unusual, like sitting in a coffee shop, or a library, or selling a house, walking in a white neighborhood, breathing air, etc. The Brits can do it too.

Markle is half black and half white. I wouldn’t have known this if it wasn’t pointed out. It’s not that I’m so open-minded as much as I can be oblivious at times. I can be really oblivious. Once in my early 20s, I didn’t realize a friend of mine was Latino until I read an article about him, and his last name is Ramirez. See? It’s especially weird because I cover and talk about race so much.

It’s a good thing that society isn’t just becoming tolerant, but accepting reality. From a mixed couple in a Cheerios commercial to the royal family, we’ve come a long way. But then again, we have people freaking out because they see two black guys at Starbucks and people are voting for Donald Trump. You may not be racist if you voted for Donald Trump, but racism is not a deal breaker for you.

We still have a long way to go.

I did watch the royal wedding this morning. But I didn’t wake up at 4:00 AM to watch the coverage. I’m usually up at that time drawing. I was watching it on MSNBC and saw anchors I respect totally geek out and become starstruck when the newly married couple passed them in their carriage. But, I’m a guy. I didn’t really enjoy going to my own wedding.

This is another bonus cartoon. I wanted to do the race subject and I had another idea on the subject that made a stronger point, but I knew adding the wedding would probably get it more attention and make more publications. One aspect I struggled with in my decision was Markle’s skin tone. She’s half black, yes. But, technically, she’s not a dark-skinned person. I imagine you would have to be a fiercely dedicated racist to get upset if you saw her at Starbucks.

Now, I’m taking the rest of the night off. I’m going to eat a club sandwich, eat some ice cream later, and appropriately, I plan to watch Black Panther.

Watch Me Draw.

https://youtu.be/sxEmtVcI-sU

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11 comments

  1. I thought maybe it was being overblown until I saw a headline in a British publication saying something about Markle, who was born in Los Angeles, being “straight outta Compton.”

    As I understand it (I’m an expat Brit who’s been here in NJ since 1999 and go back to Ye Olde Country to visit family only every few years, so my expertise is dubious; yes, and I’m an elderly white male curmudgeon; on the other hand, my daily newspaper is still The Grauniad), while some of the moron-grade tabloids over there — thing Mail, Sun, Express — tried to make an issue of Markle’s race, they soon discovered that their readers, even most of the racist/Brexiteer ones, had fallen in love with her (as who wouldn’t?). So, after a brief while, they shut the fuck up.

    If my info is wrong, I’m sure your Brit-in-Britain readers will correct me!

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  2. I remember Charles & Diana’s grande affair very well too, especially that we were given a national holiday to mark the day!

    I did enjoy the wedding ONCE the bloody commentators were off air. I thought it a bit tiresome the gushing over the celebrities & the difference between a hat and a damn fascinator.

    I wore a pillbox during the entire event & paid my respects to a regular dose of xanax 😉

    Yes, we have a long long way to go. I soon got pretty tired of the overuse of the words biracial and divorced (yes, event correspondents we got you the first 500 times) . However, the word biracial just got louder and louder. I felt quite sad that the island I came from wasn’t so different, the pond wasn’t as wide as I thought 33 years ago.

    The UK too, is UnKind 😦

    ps: I’m happy Harry met Meghan

    pps. I thought a “Fascinator” was a Marvel comic strip character?

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