Outrageous! ‘Daily Mail’ Describes Meghan Markle’s Family as ‘Cotton Slaves.’

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The Daily Mail ran an article charting Markle’s family history. The article’s headline reads, “How in 150 years, Meghan Markle’s family went from cotton slaves to royalty via freedom in the US Civil War… while her dad’s ancestors included a maid at Windsor Castle.” Below, the family tree for her mother’s side is titled “Dirt Poor in the Deep South” whereas her father’s family is described as “A Miner, A Cobbler—and an Essex Boy.”

The story also said that the Civil War happened because of “the determination of the Confederate states to cling on to their slaves because the cotton fields needed them, and the wealth of the South depended on cotton,” which is also a pretty big oversimplification!

The general reaction on Twitter has reflected how this type of response was expected but is nonetheless painful.

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