Revealing Britain’s Systemic Racism applies an existing scholarly paradigm (systemic racism and the white racial frame) to assess the implications of Markle’s entry and place in the British royal family, including an analysis that bears on visual and material culture. The white racial frame, as it manifests in the UK, represents an important lens through which to map and examine contemporary racism and related inequities. 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 member of the royal family can help illumine contemporary forms of racism in Britain. Revealing Britain’s Systemic Racism identifies and documents the plethora of ways systemic racism continues to shape ecological spaces in the UK. Kimberley Ducey and Joe R. Feagin challenge romanticized notions of racial inclusivity by applying Feagin’s long-established work, aiming to make a unique and significant contribution to literature in sociology and in various other disciplines.
2. Straight Out of the White Racial Frame
3. Post-Racial Duchess or Trophy Wife of Diversity?
4. White Men Ruling and the Problem with Meghan Markle
5. Feminist Counter-Framer and Anti-Racist Counter-Framer: Disrupter of Elite White Dominance
6. “Where Is This Racism You Keep Talking About?”: Sincere Fictions of the Virtuous White Self
7. Concluding Thoughts: The Royals, British Racism, and the Coronavirus Pandemic
"Meghan Markle must have been reminded of Du Bois’ famous question ‘How does it feel to be a problem?’ when she married into the royal family. However, Ducey and Feagin turn their acute vision to the real problem: that precious jewel of British society, the monarchy. The authors deftly cut through the myths and mystique of whiteness that uphold tradition, justify hereditary power, and entrench racism. Through a theoretically informed, historically grounded, and timely intervention they analyze why a Black duchess can simultaneously be celebrated as proof of a colour-blind Britain while also interpreted as an imminent threat to the aristocracy. This work invites no less than a revisioning of the very structures that underpin British society."
Nalini Mohabir, Concordia University
"At last a book that brings much needed academic rigour to the case of Meghan Markle, revealing why the ‘political is always personal’ for women of colour in the limelight. Whether you’re friend, foe or indifferent to the royal family, I promise this book’s forensic exposé of the elite racism at the heart of the British establishment will leave you in no doubt about the seismic symbolism her young, brown female skin represents to an old White male Imperial institution. A gripping modern day Grimm’s fairy-tale of race, gender and class – frightening but impossible to put down!"
Heidi Safia Mirza, author of Young, Female and Black and Black British Feminism, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London
"Its interdisciplinary theoretical framing of a current media phenomenon make this a relevant read for scholars in history, politics, sociology and media and communication studies. Overall, the book offers a comprehensive overview of the ways in which Markle’s arrival in the UK highlighted the country’s structural racism in near-hypervisible ways, and hopefully serves as a comprehensive bit of evidence to those who doubt the racism directed at her."
Nathalie Weidhase, Ethnic and Racial Studies
"I was expecting to be challenged in my way of thinking, and I really was. This book forces you to look away from our safe white racial frame and see the other side for a change. I found this book very interesting, and I would recommend it for anyone willing to have their mind challenged."
Moniek Bloks, History of Royal Women