On an almost daily basis there is evidence of the 21st century hurtling toward the abyss of a modern dark age. Humanity, it seems, is suffocating in the stench of pseudo patriotism and ignorance. The latest example is the queen who died with millions grieving this symbol of empire colonialism that caused the genocide, racism, exploitation and theft of more than a billion human beings. However, sadly enough, we can hardly find a trace of class analysis from both the working class and the intelligentsia in England where, for example, in the midst of a major strike, UK rail and postal workers called it off stating that “Following the very sad news of the passing of the Queen and out of respect for her service to the country…”
The queen’s long life of wealth and privilege was inherited by centuries of oppression and thievery by her ignoble ancestors. Indeed ‘the sun never set’ in the wake of their crimes throughout the world; historical facts completely ignored by millions who are honored to be called ‘her subjects’.
Then there are the ancestors of the victims of this mass brutal cruelty. Members of a protest group , the Advocates Network Jamaica wrote to her grandson when on tour:
“During her 70 years on the throne, your grandmother has done nothing to redress and atone for the suffering of our ancestors that took place during her reign and/or during the entire period of British trafficking of Africans, enslavement, indentureship and colonization.”
I’d like to end this note with a quote from Uju Anya, a Nigerian born applied linguistics professor who tweeted: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”