Black Public Scholars

April 30, 2011

What if Kate Middleton Were Black?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Staff @ 2:18 pm

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.comScholarship in Action 

If there were a royal wedding being held in Africa, would CNN spend an entire week covering it?  If not, what does that say about race, if anything at all? 

I couldn’t help but feel entirely disconnected from the ceremony that was being shown all over our television sets at the same time hundreds of people were being killed in an Alabama tornado.  I kept wondering if the fantasy of the British fairytale had more relevance to news producers than the reality of death and devastation.

I also felt badly for any little black girls (or grown-ups) who found themselves swept away by the fairytale that they will never live in their own lives.  Not to be presumptuous, but I can’t imagine the royal family taking it well if Kate Middleton (the bride) had been black.

But perhaps I’m just speculating.

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