MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA: Meghan Markle most recently opened up about her frustration over having to “cower and tiptoe into a room” due to the fear of being judged negatively. She was speaking on the “angry Black woman” stereotype and slammed the way this perception led to women of color being judged harshly.
The Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday, October 25, released the latest episode of her Archetypes podcast where she welcome Issa Rae and Ziwe to discuss the perceived stereotype of “angry black women”. During the conversation, Issa revealed once her close friend called her ‘particular’ which she took as a compliment. “To me, that means I have a sense of what I want,” the ‘Insecure’ star, 37, said.
“I’m particular,” Meghan, 41, agreed. “I think a high tide raises all ships — we’re all going to succeed, so let’s make sure it’s really great because it’s a shared success for everybody.” The Duchess then spoke of her frustration with having to cower after “tiptoeing into a room” and her fears about not being able to speak her mind without being judged. “But I also know that I will find myself cowering and tiptoeing into a room — I don’t know if you ever do that, the thing that I find the most embarrassing — when you’re saying a sentence and the intonation goes up like it’s a question.” Meghan added, “And you’re like, ‘Oh my God, stop!’ Stop whispering and tiptoeing around and say what it is you need. You’re allowed to set a boundary, you’re allowed to be clear. It does not make you demanding, it does not make you difficult.”
The ‘Suit’ alum then talked about having a few “socially distanced drinks” a couple of years ago when she received a book called ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ by the web expert, Safiya Noble. “Once I arrived back home and when I did I was actually shocked. ‘Did you know this?’ I kept nudging my husband as we were sitting there in bed,’ she said. The Duchess said the book claimed that the algorithm behind search engines including Google is racist. She recounted how Noble searched “why are black women so” and the results included stereotypical stuff like “so loud,” “so mean,” and “so angry.”
Later, Nigerian-American comedian Ziwe Fumudoh described how her onscreen portrayal of a “brash and rude woman” was in “direct opposition to what a woman should be public, according to sexism.” Responding to Ziwe’s comment, Meghan, who is mixed race said, when she “looked at through the lens of black women” her point of view was “pretty inspiring.”
Further in the conversation, the Duchess recalled her acting days, stating how she used to go through a list of the casting of Black characters for finding an acting appointment for her. “I mean, I remember when I was auditioning, the idea of even Black roles, I remember those casting sheets where the description of the character, she always had to have an edge or an attitude,” Meghan said.
However, the episode ended with the news that Meghan is going to attend an event billed ”The Power of Women: An Evening with Meghan’ where she will be interviewed on stage by Rabbi Sandy Sasso.