- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A new analysis by CNN writer and producer John Blake is being mocked on social media for asking “how black” the baby of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be.

“How black will the royal baby be?” Mr. Blake asks in the article that warns against perpetuating “dangerous” mixed-race “myths” concerning the baby boy Prince Harry and Meghan brought into the world on Monday.

“Let’s not turn this child into another ‘Great Mixed-Race Hope,’” Mr. Blake wrote. “We’ve seen this story before. A mixed-race person is elevated to a position of prominence. They’re touted as proof of racial progress, part of a Brown New World in which racism will inevitably collapse in the future because there will be so many interracial relationships.

“This anointing is part of what some call the ongoing ‘fetishization’ of interracial children and adults,” he wrote.

The piece was widely mocked on social media, including by former CNN host Soledad O’Brien.

“CNN needs more people of color working in the executive, decision-making ranks. Obviously,” Ms. O’Brien tweeted.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin tweeted a screenshot of the “How black will the royal baby be?” subtitle and asked, “Wut?”

Mr. Blake responded to Ms. Ruffin’s confusion by urging her to read the entire article.

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