A CNN article caused controversy this week for asking "how black will the royal baby be?" Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien argued that the article indicates that there is a lack of people of color at the network.
As Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle was in labor with her first child, CNN's John Blake set out to dispel the "dangerous myth" that a child with diverse ethnicity could be the next "Great Mixed-Race Hope."
"But I no longer believe in the redemptive power of interracial unions, though I am the product of such a relationship. It's a tired story. And it's a dangerous one," Blake writes. "We can't 'procreate' our way to racial equality."
Blake goes on to ask rhetorically: "How black will the royal baby be?"
"Here's why we should be cautious," the author argues. "The royal baby watch has already resurrected some of the most dangerous stereotypes about race. And in many cases, the commentators who are reinforcing these stereotypes are totally unaware of the damage."
"What will be harder to leave behind, though, are the unrealistic expectations many attach to interracial children," he adds. "And the archaic -- and frankly racist -- ways many talk about their racial identity."
Some Twitter users, however, took exception to CNN's inclusion of the question about the royal baby's skin color.
"CNN needs more people of color working in the executive, decision-making ranks. Obviously," former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien wrote.
Read some of the tweets below.
"the commentators who are reinforcing these stereotypes are totally unaware of the damage" You mean like commenta… https://t.co/nBXFBz8cro— Rob C (@Rob C)1557238809.0
@southpaw_GA @CNN What the hell is wrong with CNN? Wow is all i dare say. But that is so wrong on so many levels. I… https://t.co/BB0USfl9lQ— Linda Anderson AKA switch my bike name (@Linda Anderson AKA switch my bike name)1557238673.0
Read the headline. Then read the caption. @CNN clearly know better but can’t resist writing out an anti-Black,… https://t.co/nfFx4AKByX— cℓaudia stєℓℓ✰r ✂️ (@cℓaudia stєℓℓ✰r ✂️)1557238608.0
@sianoresist @CNN The reason that stereotypes about race are perpetuated is that idiots at CNN think it is worth wr… https://t.co/ft0VF4aMn7— Jeanthejust (@Jeanthejust)1557238602.0
@QasimRashid @CNN Wow. The color of their baby should not matter to anyone for any reason. He is their baby. A human being.— Deanne Franklin (@Deanne Franklin)1557238569.0
CNN needs more people of color working in the executive, decision-making ranks. Obviously. https://t.co/QJzfMXM5qk— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien)1557188171.0
This @CNN article looks like a guest post on The Onion's website penned by a writer from the Daily Stormer. https://t.co/mApHu1wNrA— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@Aldous Huxley's Ghost™)1557237504.0
@CNN probably black enough to not be invited to your panel on race. https://t.co/ChX7VW4zie— A_P (@A_P)1557237086.0