7th April 2021
Megan Markle victim of “white racist attacks”, say racism experts in new book
In this timely new book, which is dedicated to the global Black Lives Matter movement, leading scholars Kimberley Ducey and Joe R. Feagin examine Megan Markle’s entry and place within the British royal family. By questioning the long-held, but largely anecdotal beliefs about racial progressiveness in the UK, the authors provide an original counter-narrative about how Markle’s experiences as a biracial royal can help illuminate contemporary forms of racism in Britain.
Revealing Britain’s Systemic Racism identifies the plethora of ways in which centuries-old racism continues to influence national conversations and policies in the UK, often through the media and British commentariat. The authors challenge romanticized notions of racial inclusivity and argue that Markle has been framed as a “trophy” of diversity to symbolise an “end of racism” in the UK, while in fact this portrayal only serves to obscure white-racism in wider society.
The book makes a unique and significant contribution to the debate following the fallout of the Oprah Winfrey interview and is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary racism, sociology, and the British royal family.
About the Authors
Kimberley Ducey, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Since receiving her PhD from Université McGill in 2014, she has co-authored four books and edited two others, with research focusing on race, ethnicity, and Indigenous relations.
Joe R. Feagin, PhD, is Distinguished Professor and Ella C. McFadden Professor in Sociology at Texas A&M University. He has done much internationally recognized research on US racism, sexism, and political economy issues.
Press & Publicity
- Will the Meghan/Harry revelations change Canadian attitudes about the monarchy? Kimberley Ducey and Joe R. Feagin analyse the fallout in The Conversation.
- Watch Dr Joe R. Feagin’s chat with TMZ Live where he gives his take on the Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Revealing Britain’s Systemic Racism is published by Routledge and is available from: routledge.pub/SystemicRacism
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