Hopefully Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and her prince Harry will take comfort in the fact that they are not the first royals to be dogged by global controversy. And in time their ordeal will be overcome. Similar racist incidents often plagued Queen Charlotte of mixed race heritage who reigned as Queen of England from 1761 and 1818.
I was there when Rep. Barbara Jordan made her speech before the House Judiciary Committee on the Impeachment of then President Richard Nixon on July 17, 1974. Her brilliantly presented defense of the Constitution from a woman,. the great-granddaughter of slaves, spoke elegantly about the dignity and validation of the Constitution preserving liberty for the people, even though when it was originally executed blacks were mentioned as three-fifths of a person and women not at all. Her presentation was a major document in the forthcoming impeachment of Richard Nixon which drove him from office before the act could become official. This legal scholar from Houston went on to address the Democratic National Convention in 1976.
The most simple explanation is that we have a hater-in-chief as your president. Hateful, derogatory language about black and brown people coupled with his inability to denounce the hateful alt-right violence in Charlottesville Va which extolled anti-Semitism has emboldened hate groups. America is reaping what is being sown from the top and we must do all we can to reach up while haters are trying to pull us down.
FINALLY white Evangelicals might be putting Christ over politics. I knew Rev. Billy Graham personally. He wrote a letter to Howard University to recommend their acceptance of me as a divinity student. I believe if he were alive he would stand up for those who the president is hurting, like those who are being removed from health care, those whose food stamps have been cut and the brown immigrant children who have been separated from their families in one of the greatest demonstrations of child abuse. I hope Pastor John Hagee, Huckabee and the other political Christians are paying attention.