The Queen’s Death Adds Criticism to the Violent Atrocities of the British Empire | American news

The death of Queen Elizabeth II revived longstanding criticism in the US of the enrichment of the monarchy through the violent colonization of African, Asian and Caribbean countries and their diasporas by the British Empire.

Since her death on Thursday, US commentators, academics and a former US diplomat, among others, have called for full struggle through social media and elsewhere with the lasting influence of the British monarchy in light of the monarch’s death.

Black and brown people around the world who were subject to horrendous cruelties and economic deprivation under British colonialism are allowed to have feelings about Queen Elizabeth.

After all, they were her “subjects” too.

— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) September 8, 2022

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Black and brown people around the world who were victims of horrific atrocities and economic hardship under British colonialism are allowed to have feelings for Queen Elizabeth.

After all, they were also her ‘subjects’.

— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) September 8, 2022

While millions around the world mourned, many also saw the Queen’s passing as a bitter reminder of the British Empire’s violent exploitation of lands throughout history – resulting in decades of suffering, death and economic and social devastation – and a time to renew the calls for reparations.

Journalists are tasked with putting legacies into full context, so it is entirely appropriate to examine the queen and her role in the devastating impact of continued colonialism.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 8, 2022

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Journalists are tasked with putting legacies in full context, so it is entirely appropriate to examine the Queen and her role in the devastating impact of ongoing colonialism.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 8, 2022

Harvard University history professor Maya Jasanoff wrote in the New York Times that the Queen’s stoic presence in life as a “fixture of stability” underpinned a “firm traditionalist front over decades of violent upheaval.”

She pointed out that months after Elizabeth II learned from treetops in Kenya of her father’s death and became queen, British colonial authorities in Kenya suppressed an uprising against the colonial regime known as Mau Mau, which the New York Times says is ” led to the establishment of a vast system of detention camps and the torture, rape, castration and murder of tens of thousands of people.” The British government ended up paying £20 million in a lawsuit from Kenyan survivors.

Cornell University professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi criticized the “theatre” surrounding the Queen’s death.

If the queen had apologized for slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism and urged the crown to offer reparations for the millions of lives taken in her/their names, then perhaps I would do the human thing and feel bad. As a Kenyan, I feel nothing. This theater is absurd.

— Mukoma Wa Ngugi (@MukomaWaNgugi) September 8, 2022

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If the Queen had apologized for slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism and urged the crown to make reparations for the millions of lives taken in her/their name, I might do the human thing and feel bad. As a Kenyan I feel nothing. This theater is absurd.

— Mukoma Wa Ngugi (@MukomaWaNgugi) September 8, 2022

Associate professor Uju Anya at Carnegie Mellon University posted a since-deleted tweet saying that “her pain is unbearable” over the Queen, who she described as “the chief monarch of a thieving and raping genocidal empire”. Twitter deleted Anya’s first post for violating company rules and university convicted the action in a statement.

If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.

— Uju Anya (@UjuAnya) September 8, 2022

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If anyone expects me to express anything but contempt for the monarch who oversaw a government that supported the genocide that massacred and expelled half of my family and whose current people are still trying to overcome the consequences, you can keep wishing for a star.

— Uju Anya (@UjuAnya) September 8, 2022

Professor Priyamvada Gopal, professor of postcolonial studies at the University of Cambridge, said on the Democracy Now news broadcast that the British monarchy has “come to represent deep and deep and serious inequality”.

She drew parallels between the British monarchy and the concentration of power in other places, such as the United States, which, before independence, was once ruled by the British monarchy and now effectively colonizes Puerto Rico and other island nations, noting “power and privileges and wealth in the hands of a few, which the rest of us are then invited to worship and consider as perfectly normal.”

Richard Stengel, who served under President Barack Obama under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, criticized media coverage of the Queen’s death, saying on MSNBC that while Queen Elizabeth’s “unparalleled service” should be commended, she still more than 30 countries as heads of state and her family’s legacy of colonialism “had a terrible effect on much of the world”.

Richard @Stengel on Queen Elizabeth II's role in the UK's legacy of colonialism & racism:

“You played a clip of her speaking in Cape Town in 1947… That's the year apartheid took effect… British colonialism, which she presided over… had a terrible effect on much of the world.” pic.twitter.com/RtxgBxTRyi

— The Recount (@therecount) September 8, 2022

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Richard @Stem on Queen Elizabeth II’s role in the British legacy of colonialism and racism:

“You played a clip of her in Cape Town in 1947… That’s the year apartheid came into effect… British colonialism, which she presided over… had a terrible effect on much of the world.’ pic.twitter.com/RtxgBxTRyi

— The recount (@therecount) September 8, 2022

In recent years, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch, and the royal family have been forced to confront the colonial past under public pressure and accusations of racism within the family.

Melissa Murraya New York University law professor whose family is from Jamaica tweeted that the Queen’s death would “speed up debates about colonialism, reparations and the future of the Commonwealth.”

We are likely overdue for the difficult conversation that will inevitable come from reckoning with our past. And even for those who respect and revere the Queen, the residue of colonialism shadows day to day life in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean.

— Melissa Murray (@ProfMMurray) September 8, 2022

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We are probably too late for the difficult conversation that will inevitably come from reckoning with our past. And even for those who respect and revere the Queen, the remnant of colonialism shadows everyday life in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean.

— Melissa Murray (@ProfMMurray) September 8, 2022

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