In a video notably posted by the magazine ” Essence” on June 4, 2020 and taken up on social networks, the Duchess of Sussex addressed the new graduates of her old high school in Los Angeles.
After congratulating them, she gave her own testimony and spoke of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man choked to death by a white policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25h, 2020. If some may consider her stance timing a little late, it is mainly due to her fear of not using the right words or that they might get “picked apart”, she said. She finally started. “I realized that the only bad thing to say is to say nothing,” she said.
"George Floyd's life mattered and Breonna Taylor's life mattered and Philando Castile's life mattered and Tamir Rice's life mattered."
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 4, 2020
“Always put the needs of others before your own fears”
Meghan went on listing the names of several African-Americans killed by the police paying tribute to them and reaffirming that all lives mattered. “And lots of other people whose names we know and whose names we don’t know,” she added. She then shared an experience she had when she was 15 years old, when one of her teachers said to her: “Always put the need of others before your own fears”, a piece of advice that marked her, and stuck with her until today. Here’s a full video of her address.
In related news, A wave of anti-racism protests has been triggered by the death of Mr Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, spreading to other parts of the world, including the UK and France. Four officers have been charged in relation to his death.