Following the birth on Monday of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child, CNN ran a widely panned piece in which it asked, “How black will the royal baby be?”
No joke …
My God @CNN just legitimately asked “How black will the royal baby be?”
**and 100% un-ironically warned**
“commentators who reinforce dangerous racist stereotypes are totally unaware of the damage”??♂️ pic.twitter.com/TBd3Amgg7G
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) May 7, 2019
Published Tuesday morning, the piece took issue with how the public was allegedly responding to the baby’s interracial heritage. While Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is 100 percent white, his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is half-black as per her African American mother. This makes the baby, whose actual name remains unknown, interracial as well.
And according to CNN contributor John Blake, this allegedly presents a problem because the baby is being touted by some as the “Great Mixed-Race Hope,” whatever that means.
“We’ve seen this story before,” he laments. “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.”
“This anointing is part of what some call the ongoing ‘fetishization’ of interracial children and adults. Remember Obama’s ‘hope and change?’ His biracial upbringing was supposed to help him bridge racial differences. But I no longer believe in the redemptive power of interracial unions, though I am the product of such a relationship. It’s a tired story. And it’s a dangerous one. We can’t ‘procreate’ our way to racial equality.”
To be clear, racial equality already exists. Moreover, many would argue that obsessing over the royal baby’s race is a path toward the exact opposite of racial equality:
Could you please hiring some more people of color to help you with news coverage? If you would not ask a white person a ridiculous question don’t ask people of color that question. How black will the royal baby be? Have you ever asked how white will a baby be?
— Gloria Brandon (@gloriabrandon19) May 7, 2019
WTH @CNN ? How black will the royal baby be? My God, I’m getting REALLY TIRED of hearing from stupid people (black or white) who obviously don’t care about racial reconciliation but choose to drop race in a headline anyway. Choose your words wisely #CNN pic.twitter.com/Y6VE4SNGXX
— LaShandri M. Foxx✝ (@songofjudah) May 7, 2019
That’s not right. Though another news source (I forget which) said, in effect, the baby would be the first biracial heir to the British throne ever.
I don’t think that’s nearly as important as the baby’s health, the fact he’s loved, and was born safely.
— Tina Loflin????️?️?⛄☃️❄️? (@TinaLoflin2) May 7, 2019
Why is this even a question? This kind of asinine magnification of something that should be a non-issue is why racism is so hard to fight against.
— GirlOfFire (@GirlOfFire01) May 7, 2019
How about 1/4 black, since the mother is 1/2 black and the father is white. Here’s a question for you: “How white will the royal baby be?”. What difference does it make, either way. This is one of the Top 10 dumbest tweets I have ever seen, and that covers a lot of ground.
— Clarence Jackson (@SeeJaxon) May 7, 2019
“What difference does it make” indeed.
That being said, Blake does have some genuinely good observations.
“It’s already happened. People are obsessed over the appearance and racial identity of the new royal baby. That’s going to go into overdrive now,” he dutifully writes.
That’s true. And it’s problematic because the appearance and racial identity of the royal baby shouldn’t matter, right? Blake certainly appears to believe so.
“Here’s another story I’d like to celebrate one day. Imagine a child born to a couple like the Duke and Duchess, and no one obsesses over their racial mixture, or how white or black they look. Imagine if that child was born with dark skin, a wide nose and kinky hair — and people would still call that child ‘gorgeous,'” he writes in concluding his piece for CNN.
“All that would matter is that the child has two parents who love him or her. That’s the kind of fairy tale I’m waiting for.”
That’s a beautiful vision. Except it’s not really a vision. Save for those who obsess over race, the reaction he just described is the reaction of most people, it would appear:
Who cares? I mean would ppl be upset if the baby looked like Harry with red hair and fair skin? Or would ppl be disappointed? Stop making it about race.
— Lewis (@Lewis30730015) May 7, 2019
Honestly who cares how black/white/blue/pink the baby is? Can the world just get over the whole race thing already. We are all the same at the end of the day
— Ezilda (@Ezilda_L) May 7, 2019
Why emphasize on the race of the baby “the first mix baby on British throne” who cares he will be loved by both unconventionally. It’s just a little flavor added to the mix, most people like chocolate added to their milk. I hv mix notices and nephew’s and their race never a probl
— Zee (@mommsie54) May 6, 2019
race shouldnt have any part in it at all. She is 1/2 white 1/2 black. she is not African American, she was not born in Africa. She was born in the us to a white father & a black mother & harry is white, but who cares the precious thing is a baby was born. https://t.co/SLSqfnzxUy
— Janet Yarrison (@yarrisongirls) May 6, 2019
So who exactly is obsessing over the child’s race? Blake cited several examples of media personalities penning inane pieces about the baby’s race. However, he forgot to include one person: himself.
If you read through his entire piece here, you’ll see him talking about everything from “white supremacy” to “slavery and the Jim Crow era.” But what the hell does any of that to do with the birth of the royal baby? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It’s just the inane ramblings of someone who, just like the people whom he rightly criticized, is obsessed with race. Sad.
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