Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, spoke of the “absolutely devastating” murder of George Floyd by the police during a speech to her former high school in Los Angeles in 2020.
“The only wrong thing is to say nothing,” said Markle on Wednesday evening during the virtual graduation ceremony at the All-Girls Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. “Because George Floyd’s life was important.”
Prince Harry’s wife, whose mother is black, listed the names of blacks who had been killed in the United States and admitted that there were many others who were not named.
Markle apologized to class 2020 for experiencing a “history lesson” as “reality”.
The Duchess of Sussex told how she smelled smoke and smelled smoke and the tree in front of the house in 1992 during the riots that broke out after the Rodney King beatings, during the curfew “hurried home” and saw armed men found. “”
A “senseless act of racism” also provoked these events, she said.
“I am so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this still exists,” added Markle, who returned to California earlier this year, a few months after the royal couple announced they would “resign” would fulfill her duties in the British royal family, less than two years after her wedding in 2018.
The image of a biracial, foreign woman welcomed into the lap of white, traditionalist Britain bore colossal symbolism – and even hope that it signaled greater inclusiveness and tolerance.
But since their wedding, the couple has repeatedly complained of toxic media coverage in the UK, some of which their supporters say have led to racial harassment and bullying.
Markle asked the students to use their voices and compassion to rebuild broken social foundations and said: “We see how people stand in solidarity, how communities come together and rise.
“I know you know black lives are important … we need you,” she said. “I’m cheering you on.”
Protests have hit dozens of U.S. cities since 46-year-old Floyd died after white policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota for more than eight minutes. Three other former police officers were charged with his death on Wednesday – five days after Chauvin was charged.
The three, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, were charged with helping with the murder. The murder charge against Chauvin has also been raised from the third degree to the second degree. The four men were released on May 26.
The protests have also taken a global turn. In London, thousands of protesters met near Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to sing “Justice Now” and hold posters that read “We Can’t Breathe” – the last words Floyd uttered before his death.