Many of you commended Meghan Markle for having an honest conversation with Mariah Carey about colorism when we first shared a snip of her podcast episode.
For context, Meghan and Mariah spoke on Meghan’s new podcast ‘Archetypes’ at one point tackling the often controversial subject of colorism.
“And I think for us, it’s very different because we’re light-skinned,” she said. “You’re not treated as a Black woman. You’re not treated as a white woman. You sort of fit in between.
“I mean, if there’s any time in my life that it’s been more focused on my race, it’s only once I started dating my husband.
Then I started to understand what it was like to be treated like a Black woman,” Meghan said, referencing her relationship with Prince Harry. “Because up until then, I had been treated like a mixed woman. And things really shifted.”
Don Lemon discussed what Meghan Markle said on his CNN show saying that what he heard was a woman admitting that she had ‘light-skinned privilege.
He said there is colorism in the black community and even though we knew she was black, general society or popular culture may not have realized that.
Like many of us, he agreed that Meghan did not have to deal with racism or direct discrimination until she married a white man.
He also commended Meghan for being honest and ‘going there’ even though he is surprised that a black woman in her 30s can be so unaware.
We think Don said what most of us have said, we appreciate the conversation but we are a little bit surprised.
In my opinion, there is probably more honest insight Meghan could share that would give more contect to her experience.
When she said, “I was no longer treated as mixed”, was weird …… because what does that mean?
Does she mean “white”?
Was she actually fully aware that her experience could be different if she looked like Halle Berry, prior to Marrying Harry?
The answer to both of those questions is …..’yes’ and that’s ok.
The truth is Meghan chose to walk and sit at tables within the privilege that European society afforded her for a long time. (until she married Harry, a white PRINCE)
Now popular society changed how they viewed her and she was forced to reexamine what she has had all these years.
The lesson is simple.
We have to remain vigilant about who we are, regardless of the path we choose so that when we get reminded, the blow isn’t so …. shocking!