One of my readers recently shared an article written by Janille Griffiths, in response to my farewell post to Queen Elizabeth. I thought I’d share my response in the form of a blog post, in hopes of enlightening others, as well.
Uji Anya, Assistant Professor of Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellow University tweeted, “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.”
She garnered many likes for this tweet.
She obviously has reason to feel the anger that she shared.
Perhaps we need to consider the words of Mathew Smith’s message that people are not thinking specifically about Queen Elizabeth, but rather the British Monarchy as an institution, and the relationship of the monarchy to systems of oppression, repression, and forced labour – particularly African exploitation of natural resources and forcing systems of control in these places. People are responding to a system existing beyond the Queen herself.
Great Britain has little to be proud of in regard to that of colonialism and the shocking treatment of slaves from the Caribbean and further afield.
Consider that Barbados recently removed the Queen as their head of state, and others are certain to follow.
I shall finish by saying that many countries fail in having an exemplary history when it comes to their treatment of certain people. Let us hope that as the years have changed and brought forth more acceptance for those who are considered different, that these countries are continuing to change for the better, as well.
What are your personal feelings and thoughts on Queen Elizabeth and the British Monarchy? Do you feel as strongly as the person who shared her feelings in the tweet I mentioned above? If so, why?