The woke Left is not known for letting a good opportunity to go to waste – and the death of our 96 year-old monarch is no exception. Across the American mainstream media, liberal opinion writers have been giving their verdict on Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year rein. MailOnline has more.
The ridicule of her reign was led by Tirhakah Love, senior newsletter writer for New York magazine.
“For 96 years, that coloniser has been sucking up the Earth’s resources,” he wrote in his Thursday evening newsletter.
He added: “You can’t be a literal oppressor and not expect the people you’ve oppressed not to rejoice on news of your death.”
A “literal oppressor”? It doesn’t sound like Mr Love has a secure grasp of the concept of a constitutional monarchy. Does he think the Queen is ‘literally’ in charge of the U.K. Government?
In the New York Times, Maya Jasanoff, a history professor at Harvard University, where she focuses on the history of Britain and the British Empire, said it was wrong to “romanticise” her reign.
“The queen helped obscure a bloody history of decolonisation whose proportions and legacies have yet to be adequately acknowledged,” she wrote.
Jasanoff highlights repression in Malaya, Kenya, Yemen, Cyprus and Ireland.
“We may never learn what the queen did or didn’t know about the crimes committed in her name,” she said.
“Those who heralded a second Elizabethan age hoped Elizabeth II would sustain British greatness; instead, it was the era of the empire’s implosion.”
A “bloody history of decolonisation”? So would Professor Jasonoff have preferred it if Britain had retained its colonies instead? And what’s she on about when it comes to Ireland? What ‘crimes’ were committed in the Queen’s name in Ireland? It’s been independent since 1937, 16 years before the Queen ascended to the throne.
A writer for the Atlantic magazine, Jemele Hill, also chimed in on her Twitter account, saying journalists had a duty to cover what she called the “devastating” impacts of Elizabeth’s reign.
“Journalists are tasked with putting legacies into full context, so it is entirely appropriate to examine the queen and her role in the devastating impact of continued colonialism,” Hill wrote.
Bizarrely, as these woke liberals were wringing their hands about the “devastating” impact of the Queen’s rein, tributes from Commonwealth leaders and the leaders of former British colonies came pouring in.
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