As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry proceed to carve out their position within the racial justice space, reviews surfaced over the weekend that the 2 have spoken with Althea Bernstein, who was the latest sufferer of an alleged hate crime.
Bernstein, who’s biracial, filed a police report in Madison, Wisconsin, final week after she was reportedly attacked by 4 white males. The 18-year-old mentioned that she was stopped at a crimson mild when the lads shouted a racial epithet, poured lighter fluid on her face and neck, after which set her on hearth with a lighter, in keeping with the police report. The incident is being handled as a hate crime.
Meghan and Bernstein related for a 40-minute cellphone name on Saturday, because of Michael Johnson, the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County, who was additionally on the decision.
“Her and Meghan talked about the importance of self care and allowing herself to heal,” Johnson instructed native information outlet Channel 3000, including that Meghan, who was impressed with the way in which Bernstein responded to the alleged assault, requested for Bernstein’s cellphone quantity to remain in contact. He additionally mentioned that the Duchess of Sussex was occupied with coming to talk in Wisconsin in some unspecified time in the future.
Johnson mentioned that the Duchess “lifted” Bernstein’s spirits and that the 2 bonded over being biracial. He added Prince Harry joined the decision for about 10 minutes at one level.
In a social media publish on Twitter and Facebook, Johnson mentioned that the Duke of Sussex “shared that young people[’s] voices matter.”
Over the weekend, Axios reported that the couple have been backing the Stop Hate for Profit marketing campaign, which calls on advertisers to boycott Facebook till the social media big stops making money off of disinformation and works to curb the spreading of hate speech.
The NCAAP praised the couple for getting concerned and becoming a member of the combat towards Facebook.
“We are grateful for the leadership of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in recognizing the importance of solidarity in this moment,” the group mentioned in a tweet. “Your commitment to truth, justice, and equality are appreciated.”
People magazine spoke to an nameless supply near the couple who mentioned that the Sussexes are occupied with addressing on-line hate speech and are “working with civil rights and racial justice groups on it.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have refocused their efforts on the Black Lives Matter motion and protests towards police brutality following the dying of George Floyd, a Black man, by the hands of Minneapolis police on the finish of May.
Meghan spoke about the significance of the BLM motion and the protests presently gripping the nation throughout a digital commencement speech for her old style, Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School, in Los Angeles earlier this month.
“I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing,” Meghan mentioned. “And I used to be actually nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it might get picked aside, and I noticed, the one fallacious factor to say is to say nothing.
“Because George Floyd’s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered, and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know,” she mentioned.
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