They sure did get around back in the day, and while most of the colonies were reluctantly released from their grasp, they did manage to hold on to a few.
A few of the former colonies became part of what’s known as the Commonwealth, which, according to Britannica, is a “free association of sovereign states” comprising the United Kingdom and “a number of its former dependencies” who have chosen to be friends and cooperate with one another, and who acknowledge the British monarch as “the symbolic head of their association”.
‘Dependencies’ isn’t the word I’d use, but okay…
Moving on to why we’re here.
Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth as its queen. Her appointed representative in the country is the Governor-General of Jamaica, an office held by Patrick Allen since 2009, for which he was awarded the insignia of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (below).
According to CNN, the problem lies in this very insignia.
Jamaica’s governor-general will no longer wear a royal insignia for personal use that depicts the archangel St. Michael trampling Satan, who is drawn with dark skin.
Governor-General Patrick Allen, the British monarchy’s representative in Jamaica, made the announcement on Friday. Allen said he is suspending the personal use of the insignia of the Order of St. Michael and St. George because of its offensive implications
The insignia shows Satan as a dark-skinned man under the foot of a White archangel:
Let’s take a closer look:
The chain doesn’t help things, either.
In his statement, Allen said the suspension follows his acknowledgment of concerns raised by “citizens over the image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color.”
Allen sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Order of St. Michael and St. George requesting a revision of the image, recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive image of the shared humanity of all peoples,” the statement says.
That seems like a good idea.
That insignia needs to go the same way as that statue of Edward Colston.
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