The Post-Racial Princess: Delusions of racial progress and intersectional failures

Andrews, Kehinde (2020) The Post-Racial Princess: Delusions of racial progress and intersectional failures. Women's Studies International Forum, 84. ISSN 0277-5395

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Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry sparked a global debate about the extent to which the union marked progress in British race relations with the royal family embracing “modern Britain”. Rather than representing progress the furore around the marriage is the perfect example of the delusions of post-racialism, which entrench racial inequality. The royal family is one of the premier symbols of Whiteness, the very idea that the inclusion of Markle changes this demonstrates a lack of understanding of racism. Seeing the marriage as progress is an intersectional failure that ignores the limits of representational change as well as the specific limits of Markle as a representative of Black women, particularly in Britain. Issues of patriarchy, nationality, class and colourism prevent Markle representing the average Black woman in Britain. Embracing a Black feminist standpoint negates the idea of representational change because no individual can ever stand in for the collective.

Item Type: Article
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28 November 2020Accepted
10 December 2020Published Online
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Law, Social and Criminal Justice
Depositing User: Kehinde Andrews
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2020 11:03
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 12:49

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