America’s Princess, Meghan Markle spoke out on Wednesday about the senseless killing of George Floyd.
‘George Floyd’s Life Mattered’ -Duchess of Sussex
While giving a virtual commencement speech for her old high school, Immaculate Heart, the emotional Duchess started her speech with, “George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered…”
Meghan then shared with the all girls school her memory of living in L.A. during the L.A. Riots .
“I was 11 or 12 years old and it was the LA Riots, which was also triggered by senseless act of racism,” she said. “I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home, seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings… I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles. I remember pulling up the house and seeing the tree, that had always been there, completely charred. And those memories don’t go away.”
However, Markle has seen another side to this country’s racial divide. A side that offers hope and she’s assured those seniors that they are already equipped to build a bridge. According to Essence, she said, “We’re seeing that right now, from the sheriff in Michigan or the police chief in Virginia. We’re seeing people stand in solidarity, we are seeing communities come together and to uplift. You are going to be part of this movement.”
She continued: “With as diverse, vibrant and opened minded as I know the teachings are at Immaculate Heart, I know you know that Black lives matters. You’re going to use your voice in a stronger way than you have ever been able to because most of you are 18 – or you’re turning 18 — so you’re going to vote. You’re going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens that you do. You’re ready. We need you and you’re prepared.”