Black Twitter came out in droves after news broke that actress and activist Meghan Markle was engaged to Prince Harry. The outpouring of support and congratulatory wishes for the soon-to-be First Duchess of Sussex apparently led many to believe that Markle was fulfilling a dream of many Black women — marrying into royalty. Good Morning America published a piece entitled, “For many black women, Meghan Markle’s engagement offers ‘hope’” to Black women, and boy did Twitter lose its mind.
The piece, penned by a Black journalist named Joi-Marie McKenzie, originally set out to chronicle “Black women’s excitement” over Markle’s impending nuptials. The post featured a slew of quotes from Black women from several prominent media outlets and dished on the significance of Markle’s engagement and even tackled her struggles with racial identity.
McKenzie, who denied having anything to do with the post’s headline, addressed the controversial post on Twitter.
I agree with you. I think readers are getting caught up on the headline, rightfully so. But I didn't pick it nor pen it. My assignment was about black women's excitement and I think the article reflects that.— Joi-Marie (@dcfab) December 7, 2017
Despite McKenzie’s clarification, many were offended by the piece’s title and the implication that Black women had no hope prior to the former Suits star’s engagement and continued to voicing their frustration online.
ummmmm we love #MeghanMarkle & embrace her & will be on the front lines to defend her from the inevitable racism that awaits her but “Hope” 😕 we showed them how to be Regal & Royalty. #NeverForget 🙄💅🏾 pic.twitter.com/c0WCTYb7rc— Rashida "SHEEDZ" O. (@RashidaSHEEDZ) December 6, 2017
Newsflash @GMA black women are NOT finding hope in Meghan Markle's engagement. This is an insulting and patronizing article. Not to mention flat out stupid.— MysticalVirgo (@MysticalVirgo) December 7, 2017
🤔🙄 @GMA "For Many Black Women Meghan Markle's engagement offers hope"... EXCUSE me⁉️⁉️"Hope for what, elaborate please❓You guys really TRIED IT with this disrespectful, distasteful and disturbing headline‼️‼️‼️ #GoodMorningAmerica #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry— 🖤MsLadyStarr✨ (@msladystarr) December 7, 2017
Tell Kimberly Foster to speak for herself. Being happy for ‘sis’ should not translate into us being hopeful. Stop it. RT @GMA: For many black women, Meghan Markle's engagement offers 'hope' https://t.co/1ZgKzms7yi pic.twitter.com/0tU5DWt3OZ— Ashley (@CallHerAsh) December 7, 2017
.@GMA @dcfab @abcnews I'm a black woman and Meghan Markle's engagement offered me excitement, NOT hope! Fix your problematic headline and story. #RoyalWedding #MeghanMarkle https://t.co/UsZc2DsQTk https://t.co/D1FWeUcwyi— Ishea (@sixtwentyseven) December 7, 2017
Hope for what?! Marrying a ginger white boy? Trust me, they couldn’t care less... RT @GMA: For many black women, Meghan Markle's engagement offers 'hope' https://t.co/OduQUnGRpS pic.twitter.com/BIs4Tivn0o— Naylor...just Naylor (@DamnHeArrogant) December 7, 2017
For many black women, Meghan Markle's engagement offers 'hope' https://t.co/glEEVxCiAD via @Yahoo— Saturday (@DayJreamer) December 7, 2017
This is ridiculous. As if Black women thought it impossible to marry a Prince, though It's highly unlikely for ALL women. Take this ridiculous post down @GMA
For the record I've admired Meghan Markle before her relationship with Prince Harry. Happy she found love. This GMA article is bizarre to me tho.— ReBecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) December 7, 2017
This headline says so much and is completely inaccurate all at the same time. I️ would expect better from @GMA RT @GMA: For many black women, Meghan Markle's engagement offers 'hope' https://t.co/azGIrUj1mH pic.twitter.com/iVJRLjgXiY— RahmanAnjorin (@ranjori1) December 7, 2017
Dear Good Morning America, I do not look to Meghan Markle's engagement for hope of the marital--or any other--variety. Please stop perpetuating one of the many myths/misconceptions surrounding black women. Appreciate it.— Christie (@clhughes4371) December 7, 2017
Now that we’ve heard both sides, this argument appears to be a draw. While it’s clear how the title could come across offensive, one quick glance at the actual post can shoot that notion down. Maybe the age old adage “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover,” should be changed to “you can’t judge a online piece by it’s title.”