Conversations of skin color are normal in Virginia but Prince Archie continues to be a hot topic

Cheryl E Preston
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Skin color continues to plague Prince Archie

Prince Archie the son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is in the news yet a gain because of his complexion. Skin color has been an issue in America and Virginia since slave masters began having children with their slaves.

In the movie Queen: The Story of an American Family a visitor to the plantation remarked of the little girl "She's as white as cotton." In the film Sally Hemings, an American scandal the slaves remarked that Sally's first child was "as white as snow."

In Southwest Virginia, African Americans have often wondered about the complexion of children whose parents were of different hues or not from the same race for all of my life. I have a niece who is biracial and looks white and her daughter looks white. Various family members have pondered that somewhere down the line a dark child could be born.

This is normal conversation in many black families but Oprah Winfrey made it seem an unforgivable sin when Meghan Markle said the Royal family asked about her unborn son Archie's complexion. This issue with the royals continues as TMZ reports that a new book by Omid Scobie indicates two royals inquired about Prince Archie's possible skin color and their names are being kept under wraps.

It has now been revealed by NBC News that King Charles and Princess Kate were the royals who asked about Prince Archie's possible skin color. Not knowing the context we really can't judge them. If they were only curious this is not racism.


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