The UK fell into deep mourning on Thursday night when its longest reigning monarch died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. But it was just another day for certain communities affected by the royal family’s allegedly racist past, and a huge wave of inappropriate jokes swept the internet after the Queen’s death.
It got to a point where Twitter had to delete a comment by Uju Anya, a professor of linguistics and race at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“I heard that the supreme monarch of a thieving, raping, genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating,” Anya reportedly wrote. “If anyone expects me to express anything other than contempt for the monarch who oversaw a government that funded the genocide that massacred and expelled half my family and the aftermath of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can imagine keep wanting a star. “
The professor further added: “This wretched woman and her bloodthirsty throne have fucking generations of my ancestors on both sides of the family and she oversaw a government that supported the genocide that my parents and siblings survived. May she die in agony.”
Hatred of the royal family and the Queen herself had escalated multiple times in the past, including when the palace made no comment on the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. This was made worse by the telltale 2021 Oprah interview with the Sussexes – Harry and Meghan – who claimed the palace was concerned about the skin color of their then-unborn son Archie.
The royal family’s racist past dates back to the 15th century, when Queen Elizabeth I publicly supported a slave owner who captured 300 Africans and sold them for ginger, hides and sugar in 1562, Insiders reported.
Then there was the bicentenary of British rule in India. The country’s independence in 1947 was marred by violence when it was split into two independent nations – India and Pakistan.
Lord Louis Mountbatten, a relative of the royal family, was able to mitigate the crisis, but he only made matters worse after being blinded by his own rise in the naval career and his impatience to return to his homeland. The country has been independent for 75 years, but its hatred of the colonists has yet to abate.
As a longtime monarch, the Queen acknowledged Britain’s bloody exploitation of certain communities and countries, but never apologized for it. The royals have always received flak for their stance on the matter.
Needless to say, thousands of scathing comments flooded online as certain communities went into celebration mode following news of the Queen’s death.
“Imagine telling Black Twitter to respect the death of the woman who inherited the legacy of an empire that contributed to the transatlantic slave trade. Please be fr” wrote one person.
“Rest in Hell Els #blacktwitter,” read another tweet.
“It’s also not true that only black Twitter celebrates her death. Irish, Indian and Scottish Twitter are all celebrating it. The only people mourning the death of the vile Queen Elizabeth II are those who, along with their ancestors, benefited from the vicious British Empire.” a user shared.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/queens-death-reopens-old-wounds-former-colonies-anger-abuse-fill-social-media-1838182?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution The death of the queen reopens old wounds in former colonies; Anger, abuse fill social media