A stunning headline appeared on CNN following the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
“How black will the royal baby be?” asked CNN. Yes, this was the headline to a story written by CNN writer and producer John Blake.
Blake writes, “There are questions about how to racially define the royal baby.”
He’s not kidding.
Left unsaid is something no one has seriously suggested: Why not call the baby white? Why? Because much of the talk about the baby’s racial identity has echoes of the one-drop rule from slavery and the Jim Crow era.
But let’s not use the royal birth to trot out a dangerous myth.
Let’s not turn this child into another “Great Mixed-Race Hope.”
We’ve seen this story before. A mixed-race person is elevated to a position of prominence. They’re touted as proof of racial progress, part of a Brown New World in which racism will inevitably collapse in the future because there will be so many interracial relationships.
The only person trotting out dangerous myths and turning this child into another “Great Mixed-Race Hope” is you. The baby is three days old. This is nuts.
Similarly, the Los Angeles Times’ Carla Hall wrote an article entitled, “Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry raise their baby to be black?”
But I’m guessing that one of his first questions to his parents will be: Am I black? The answer: Yes, you are. And if he didn’t guess it from looking at his light-skinned mother, then he need only look at his maternal grandmother, Doria Ragland, who lives in Los Angeles.
I doubt that will be one of Archie’s first questions and this is an incredibly racist statement.
Then, Hall, who is a member of the LA Times editorial board, takes it further.
Baby Sussex, as he’s called for the moment, will have an extraordinarily privileged life. We can only hope that he will live, eventually, in a post-racial world. Still, he needs to know about what it means to be a black person in the world today. Of course, it means dozens of things. His life will largely be his to make. There is no one “black experience” — except, perhaps, a cop stopping you because you look like a suspect. I highly doubt that’s going to happen to the young Sussex.
She says there is no one “black experience,” but if she really had to choose, it would be a cop stopping you because you look like a suspect. What would she chose for the one “white experience?” Oh, I know. Constantly being labeled as a racist perhaps?
Will every reference to this child in the mainstream American press be prefaced with “the biracial?” As in “the biracial Royal,” “the mixed-race Archey,” or “Prince Harry and Meghan Markles’ mixed-race son?”
Unfortunately, the answer is likely to be yes.
Memo to liberals: Not everything in the world has to do with race, but the left’s obsession with identity politics tries to make it so.