She Has Too Much Black Blood On Her Hands For Us To Mourn Her Death

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Briona Lamback
September 18, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II died; some are mourning, but many Black people couldn't care less. Why are they mad that we aren't upset?

White supremacy. Right To Comfort is the belief that those with power have a right to emotional and psychological comfort. They believe that because Elizabeth was important to them, we should share their grief of her death. 

But why would we?

The British invaded all but twenty-two of the world's countries to build their empire. They largely contributed to enslavement and the colonization of our people. They tortured thousands of Kenyans in detention camps, enslaved over 2.2 million people in the Caribbean, and in 1619 the slave ships that landed in Point Comfort, Virginia, were British-led.

They have a lot of Black blood on their hands, and it's still negatively affecting us today.

Their media try to sway us toward mourning. But we should never separate someone actively participating in our oppression from the institution of white supremacy; they go hand-in-hand. She wasn't just a figurehead. She was complicit in righting the wrongs of the atrocities of the British.

White supremacy seeks to undermine everything about us. We don't have any responsibility to grieve the life of a person directly involved in the colonization and genocide of Black people everywhere. We don't owe them anything, ever!

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