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What we don’t talk about when we talk about Meghan Markle

The media focus on whether individual figures have experienced racism is a way of obscuring the uncomfortable truth about how inequality works

By Maya Goodfellow  

What is the media avoiding when it insists on having endless debates about individual figures? Photo: PA

The ‘debate’ about Meghan Markle isn’t really just about her at all. You might think that I would say that as a republican who can both see Markle has been subject to racism but isn’t so interested in the ins and outs of the Royal Family beyond that. But it’s also because focussing on this one person is a convenient way of avoiding thinking about the way how and why racism is dismissed in the UK.

So much of the public discussion about race in this country is boiled down to whether a particular comment, or a single specific politician, is…

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