Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made her first public comments about George Floyd’s death, the protests and civil unrest that have occurred in the aftermath of the Minneapolis resident’s death, calling it “absolutely devastating.”
“George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered, and so did so many other people’s names we know and names we don’t know," the Duchess said during the virtual graduation ceremony.
The Duchess said she originally hesitated to speak out because of fears her words would be “picked apart,” but decided to talk after recalling the words of a former teacher.
“(He said) ‘always remember to put other’s needs above your own fears,'" she said. “Those words have stuck with me throughout my entire life and I have thought about it more in the last week than ever before."
The Duchess talked about the riots in Los Angeles in 1992, which occurred after three officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. Meghan said those riots were “also triggered by (a) senseless act of racism.”
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