The recent killing of George Floyd by now-fired policeman Derek Chauvin sparked intense outrage. Protests erupted across America, with civil unrest growing in Minneapolis. Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old George Floyd's neck on Monday. He and three other officers have now been sacked.
Several Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities demanded justice after his death. Now Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, spoke out about the “absolutely devastating” killing of George Floyd in a surprise virtual graduation speech on Wednesday for her former high school in Los Angeles. Taking to Twitter, Sky News shared a video featuring Meghan Markle. The video was released to black women's lifestyle magazine Essence from the virtual speech made by Meghan Markle to the graduating class of her old school Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. In her address to the pupils, Meghan starts by saying how she has been planning to say a few words to the graduating class of 2020 and mentioned how everything that has been happening in LA and across the country is devastating. Markle continued to share that she did not know what to say and mentioned that she wanted to say the right thing, and went on to share that she was nervous.
Moving on, Meghan Markle said, “I wasn't sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would get picked apart. And I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.” She then went on to talk about George Floyd’s death and said, “George Floyd's life mattered and Breonna Taylor's life mattered and Philando Castile's life mattered and Tamir Rice's life mattered,” talking about the African Americans who were killed by the police in the US since the past few years.
The Duchess of Sussex has spoken out about racism after the death of #GeorgeFloyd, apologising to students of her former high school that they have to "grow up in a world where it is still present".
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) June 4, 2020
For the unversed, Meghan attended the Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles from the age of 11 to 18.
(Source: Sky News)