White entitlement can’t abide Black voices
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis writes that when Prince William labelled Meghan Markle as “rude and abrasive” many black people recognised the stereotyping.
LAST WEEK (Jan. 4, 2022) The Guardian reported that, in his autobiography, Prince Harry describes how Prince William physically assaulted him in 2019, enraged by his marriage to Meghan Markle.
In the lead-up to their fight, William reportedly called Markle “difficult, rude and abrasive.” The fight, and Harry’s subsequent injuries, are what’s drawing headlines, but it was William’s words that struck me.
Because I, most black people – and particularly black women – know how exactly how it feels to show up, strain against rules designed for us to fail, and be labeled as brash or undignified the moment we complain.
So I tweeted, “Raise your hand if you’re Black and have also been called ‘difficult,’ ‘rude,’ or ‘abrasive.’
The response was immediate and deafening.
Read more of this recent piece from Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis featured in The Voice, here.