Caribbean Countries Unite to Remove Queen Elizabeth as Head of State
The Cambridges’ eight-day tour of the Caribbean has not been without its controversies, from Jamaica declaring that they’re ready to start action to remove the Queen as their head of state to “tone-deaf” PR moments.
Black and Indigenous Groups Push for Slavery Reparations from the British Monarchy
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour of the Caribbean, which saw them touch down in Belize, Jamaica and Bahamas, was one of the first tours carried out to support the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
When the royal tour ended, black and ingenious groups from Belize, Jamaica and Bahamas came together to start making moves to remove the Queen as Head of State in each of the countries.
In a statement, reported by the Independent, the Bahamas National Reparations Committee (BNRC), the Advocacy Network in Jamaica and the indigenous Maya people of Belize slammed Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three-country “charm offensive” tour.
They said: “We stand united in rejecting the so-called charm offensive tour of the Caribbean undertaken by William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which is in sharp opposition to the needs and aspirations of indigenous peoples and people of African descent in the Caribbean.
“We stand united in condemning Britain’s savagery in enslaving our ancestors, the coarse indecency of colonial exploitation, the brutality of its enforcers, and the enduring legacies of impoverishment and colonial-era ideologies that have damaged and continue to damage our people, our society and our economy.”
Going forward, we will stand stronger, united in our call
They continued, writing: “Going forward, we will stand stronger, united in our call for reparatory justice and in supporting the roadmap for redress laid out by the CARICOM Reparations Commission.
“We will stand strong, united in our celebration of the resilience of Caribbean people who have accomplished much since our independence, against the odds, and we commit to continuing in this tradition in tackling contemporary challenges, rooting out all vestiges of our post-colonial past and empowering our people to achieve more.”
Following the conclusion of the tour, Prince William and Kate Middleton broke royal protocol to tell the Caribbean people that they’re free and supported to make any choice they want for their future. The royal couple also added that their dedication to service prevents them from telling people what to do.
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