But the darker side of the interview came when the talk turned to racism and mental health issues. The amount of negative comments on both of those things was sickening, but, while Twitter is a forum for the silly, the sublime, and the serious, in this case, the serious won out.
The most unexpected part of the conversation–for me, at least–was when it moved to the damage racism does to mental health. Meghan Markle talked candidly about the toll the negative attention took on her during her pregnancy and after Archie was born. Women are at their most vulnerable during those times and she was no different. The difference is that the incessant vile hatred for her played out in the public media, and there was no escaping it. According to Markle, she begged for but received no help in dealing with it.
After the interview was aired here in the US, it became another teaching moment for those who were ready to pay attention.
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Connie Schultz, who lost her own brother to suicide, weighed in, and scores of thoughtful comments followed: