‘Celebrating our oppressors doesn’t help us’: former colonies react to queen’s death

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The Queen’s death sent waves of grief around the world, but the complex legacy of the monarchy in the context of colonialism and the British Empire has brought different reactions from some of the former British colonies.

At the time of her death, the Queen was the head of state not only of the United Kingdom but also of Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Tuvalu. Solomon Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda.

While some weep and many are indifferent to his passing, others are outraged at the sympathy in the wake of a figure of an institution that, for some, represents the oppression of black and brown people.

talking to independent Regarding the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, Jah Mickey Bowe, Deputy Speaker of the House of Rastafari in the Bahamas, said last Thursday there was a mixed reaction to the news of the monarch’s death at the age of 96.

He said: “We do not see how the celebration of our oppressors helps us; The royal family should apologize for slavery and all Commonwealth countries should be compensated.

“King Charles III will be fulfilling more of those demands on his table in the near future.”

Within the Bahamas, those who openly lead the charge in mourning the Queen are Britain’s diaspora, politicians and older citizens under British rule, with the younger generation largely disinterested, according to Mr. Bowe.

“We, in the Bahamas, have seen very few examples of how the monarchy benefits our country in any way.

“The funniest thing for me is that the generation fighting against British rule and advocating independence are the same ones who are mourning his death. But my generation born after independence in 1973 is not mourning. He is 96 ‘Did you expect her to live forever? It’s not a case of not having compassion, but a lot of us understood that it was going to happen and moved on quickly.”

The six countries that have the British monarch as head of state have already expressed a desire to remove it, largely followed earlier this year by the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, then Prince Edward and Sophie. After the disastrous royal jubilee tours. , Countess of Wessex.

There was general agreement that some leaders waited until after the Queen’s death to expedite their plans to move to a republic, in honor of the longevity of her reign.

Just a few days ago, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne announced his intention to Call for a referendum on the country becoming a republic within three years,

It is an official policy of the Caribbean Countries (CARICOM) which were former colonies that lobbied for reparations for Britain to join transatlantic slavery. The Queen’s death did little to quell that sentiment and remains a major demand.

However, respect and respect among those at the top of the world nations are typical reactions – many former colonies have indicated their intention to divorce the monarchy within the last year alone.

In Kenya, and even parts of Britain, people have maintained anger over British colonial crimes, for which there has been no apology, compensation or atonement, and the country’s brutal rape, murder, theft and destruction. The period has been remembered, and the continent through hostilities such as the widespread Mau Mau Rebellion.

Elizabeth was 25 years old and on a visit to Kenya with her husband Philip when she learned of the death of her father, King George VI, and his accession to the throne on February 6, 1952. At the same time, the Mau Mau was unfolding and saw more than 1 million Africans forced into torture and dehumanization in concentration camps by the British military.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a group supporting policies in South Africa, said in a statement after the Queen’s death: “We do not mourn the death of Elizabeth because for us her death is a very sad period in this country. and the history of Africa.”

In 1905 the British royal family received a huge diamond from colonial South Africa, which was repeatedly requested to return to the Queen, but it was never returned.

Following the announcement of the Queen’s passing, the nations of Belize, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Granada have declared mourning.

Jomo Thomas, chairman of the St Vincent and Grenadines Repair Committee, said independent: “There doesn’t seem to be any reaction to the Queen’s death here. To the extent there is a reaction, [it] on social media.”

The government of Jamaica declared a period of mourning from 8 to 19 September, despite beginning the process of planning to remove the Queen as head of state.

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