It’s no shock that the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday dredged up some fairly difficult emotions for Black and brown individuals everywhere in the world. Too many people, in spite of everything, are the kids and grandchildren of those that suffered direct and brutal exploitation and oppression from a system for which she was a proud figurehead.

It’s pretty frequent data that the British empire robbed, oppressed and wreaked varied flavors of havoc on India, Nigeria and Ireland — however historian Stuart Laycock present in 2012 that the British really invaded about 90% of the world’s countries by means of menace of drive or negotiation.

Lengthy story brief: We, the descendants of the colonized, should not tweeting our condolences. We weren’t massive followers of the queen or the monarchy she needlessly upheld. She wasn’t simply complicit in a system that violated our households and ancestral lands, however one which continues to revenue off of our blood. And the monarchy she led stays stable, for no cause in any respect.

We’re harm. And so Twitter is our remedy (along with actual remedy, after all). All these intelligent Tweets are a potent reminder that even in demise, nobody is above being held accountable for his or her half in a system that we’re nonetheless attempting to heal from and dismantle. It’s a slap within the face of our ancestors to lick the boots of these instrumental to our generational trauma.

After the queen’s demise, Twitter customers had so much to say. So let’s add some cultural references to their tweets.

The fact is, the demise of Queen Elizabeth reminded us of the harm the monarchy has introduced onto our lands.

It’s no secret that the British empire got here into Africa and ran by means of it like a tomb raider. The British had the audacity to consult with our ancestors, who have been crushed and starved, as “savages.” The resources they pillaged are sometimes positioned on show in museums.

And, uh, the British took some stuff from India too.

The exploitation of Ireland by the monarchy can’t be ignored ― and Twitter is a protected house for all these receipts.

These are just some of the various international locations the British empire invaded over the course of recent historical past.

And since humor and pleasure are instruments of resistance, we now have to resort to probably the most traditional of memes. In any case, nobody can really steal the tradition.

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