The American television host Sunny Hostin opened up after the death of Queen Elizabeth II as she connected herself with British Colonialism. On Friday, in the View, Sunny Hostin elaborated on the history of Queen Elizabeth II passing away at 96 on September 8.
Sunny Hostin in the show mentioned how as a student, she lived in London and said,
“We can mourn the queen and not the empire, because if you really think about what the monarchy was built on, it was built on the backs of Black and brown people.”
“wore a crown of pillaged stones from India and Africa. And now what you’re seeing, at least in the Black communities that I’m a part of, they want reparations.”
She added that last year, Barbados parted its way after being a republic, and she is expecting even Jamaica will probably follow the same. She wants King Charles III to modernize the monarchy as it is time for him to pay for all those colonies that were conquered in the past.
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The co-host Joy Behar then mentioned that Queen Elizabeth II denounced apartheid in South Africa while she was in power.
Apartheid began in 1948 as nothing but “a system of legislation that upheld segregationist policies against non-white citizens of South Africa”, according to History.com.
Sunny Hostin added that it was one of the best decisions taken by the Queen. She continued how the Queen was so frustrated when the former Prime Minister of the country, Margaret Thatcher, declined sanctions against South Africa. Being a figurehead, she had nil power but tried her best to do something about it.
According to Ana Navarro, the United States and the Catholic churches were built on the backs of Black and brown people.
Hostin demanded reparations and urged King Charles to bring his family together post all the allegations of racism made by Duchess Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry.
Political Analyst Richard Stengel who served as undersecretary of state in the Obama administration, was questioned on MSNBC Thursday as to why the American press coverage omitted the ties that the Queen and the Royal family had with Colonialism.
During Queen Elizabeth II’s period, she was the head of 32 countries and only in 1961 South Africa came out of the Commonwealth.
You played a clip of her speaking in Cape Town in 1947, in South Africa. That’s the year apartheid took effect in South Africa. That was something British Colonialism ushered in, British Colonialism, which she presided over, had a terrible effect on much of the world.
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