A 2012 video of Meghan Markle speaking out about her own experience with racism has resurfaced amid the worldwide protests following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Markle, whose father, Thomas Markle, is white and mother, Doria Ragland, is black explained how her diverse background affected her growing up.
“I’m biracial,” she said in the clip. “Most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with, and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall. And so, some of the slurs that I’ve heard, or the really offensive jokes, or the names, it’s just hit me in a really strong way.”
Markle, 38, said she then heard one of those racial slurs used directly toward Ragland, 63.
“You know, a couple of years ago, I heard someone call my mom the N-word,” she said. “So I think, for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, just to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, certainly the world, and to want things to be better.”
The video was filmed for the “I Won’t Stand for Racism” campaign launched by the charity Erase the Hate.
“I am really proud of my heritage on both sides,” the former “Suits” star concluded in the video. “I’m really proud of where I come from and where I’m going, but yeah, I hope that by the time that I have children that people are even more open-minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it’s all about.”