Shadows of the Monarchy – Friday

“The Queen does not represent colonialism at all!” A white German socialist told me in the pub, a man I respect very much. In fact.

I say “No?”

“no!” barking. Then he sighs and explains, “Well, maybe it represents colonialism, but that’s purely a coincidence. It’s not responsible for colonialism. It’s a coincidence that she became the queen of a country that used a lot of brute force. A complete coincidence.”

“Quite coincidence?” I asked.

I think of a euphemism we use in the kingdom to say that this family, the House of Windsor, must always sit on the throne: a birth accident. accident. Error. The Queen happens to be the most powerful woman in the country by birth.

“And I don’t think it’s really a coincidence,” he says, “that so many colonies have regained their independence during her tenure!”

“Isn’t that supposed to be a coincidence?” I asked. I am confused.

“I have to say, I like this woman a little bit,” he explains. “This is a strong woman. Who has always served her country. You have to admire that, right?”

I nodded and said nothing. I hardly have any right-wing conservative friends in Germany, and that’s probably a good thing, because when the German left is so enthusiastic, what do the CDU and FDP say? I shivered just thinking about it! It wouldn’t be good for my blood pressure if I had to hear that.

The British monarchy is a system that requires the family to have a great deal of power and wealth. We are constantly told that this power is purely symbolic. The Queen and Her Power: Symbolic, Theoretical, Imaginary. At school we learned that the Queen was in a treehouse in Kenya in 1952 when her father died. They told us she went to the treehouse as a princess, and came down as a queen. They did not tell us that in the same year the Mau Mau rebellion was brutally suppressed by the colonial power Great Britain. Tens of thousands of people were stuffed into the camps, tortured, raped, castrated, and eventually killed. I didn’t learn a word about colonialism in my multicultural public school. I think in private schools like the one that Boris Johnson should have attended, they also just learn how great the empire is.

As Queen, Elizabeth II was the commander of our army. But of course it was just a coincidence that their army killed 14 unarmed people in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1972. It must have also been a coincidence that this queen owned a $400 million crown in stolen gems from India. The Queen is not responsible for that, no. The British press, whether tabloid or high-quality press, unanimously agreed that what Meghan did when she spoke out about racism was far worse than Prince Andrew’s friendship with a trafficker and human rapist – or the fact that he was the victim of a £12m hush money payment. Surely the Queen isn’t to blame for the press being so racist, is it? But she silently accepted the payment for Andrew.

Can we not criticize the Queen for her silence, the brutal violence, and the crimes that have occurred in her name? Never in her life did we talk about the horrors of colonialism. Now that she is dead, it is disrespectful to say that she exists. And that, like us, the Queen never spoke of. And she didn’t do anything about it.

The life of the queen: purely a coincidence. Now that she is dead, a new time must come. White Europeans, including those who consider themselves leftists and mourn their deaths, must make a conscious decision. Was this violence okay? What did the queen know? Why was she silent? And when will the new queen, Queen Camilla, return the stolen jewels?

Jacinta Nandy He is an Indo-British German writer. Her latest book “50 Ways to Leave Your Husband” was published by Nautilus Verlag

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