Race-baiting CNN piece widely panned when it asks: ‘How black will the royal baby be?’

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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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 …

Look:

*facepalm*

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:

“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.

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“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:

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.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

Vivek Saxena

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