US protests, Meghan Markle's speech at high school about Floyd's death: "We are going to rebuild the foundation, I know you know that black lives matter".
Meghan Markle gave touching speech about racism in America to high school pupils in the wake of US protests. She told graduating pupils at Immaculate Heart High in Los Angeles which is her former school during a virtual address.
Meghan Markle,a difficult speech about US protests
She told: “George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered”. And continued: “We’ve all seen over the last week what is happening in our country and in our state and in our home town of LA has been absolutely devastating“.
Markle also confessed that she was nervous and doubtful about using the right words. After that She apologised if the youngsters should grow up in a world “where this is still present” referring to racism, with emotional sound.
Meghan’s personal experience
The former duchess of Sussex also told stories about being at school and one of her teacher said that to always remember to put others’ needs over your own fears. Those words remained fixed in her mind during the entire life, she says. Then Meghan thought about it more in the last week than ever before.
Because of Floyd tragedy, she remembered the time when she was about 11 years old. She just about to start Immaculate Heart High, at a time when there were LA riots “triggered by a senseless act of racism”. Meghan expressed his discomfort: “Those memories don’t go away “, remembering a curfew, seeing smoke billow out of buildings, and seeing men in the back of a van holding rifles.
The appeal to young people
Then she couldn’t imagine that teenagers nowadays should face different version of the experience she had.
“We are going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt because when the foundation is broken, so are we. I know you know that black lives matter,” she told to the students as a fundamental part of the ‘rebuilding’.
Then Meghan addressed to youngsters “we need you” and she felt proud about calling the pupils fellow alumnis. She also congratulated with them: “the start of all the impact they are going to make in the world as the leaders that we all so deeply crave.”