And yet, celebrities like Liz Phair and Paris Hilton (what??) are here to praise her for being the ‘original boss girl’ icon, for not being pissed off by men while, say, British soldiers tortured and killed thousands of Kenyans in the 1950s. We are only just beginning to understand the abuses coming from the British Empire; documents that were thought to be “lost” but resurfaced in 2011 reveal so much barbarism. During her lifetime, the Queen never apologized for these crimes committed in her name. As head of the company, she never even acknowledged England’s macabre history.
Been visiting family in Canada for two weeks, perfect time to visit the Commonwealth. My parents are Indian; they are natives of Kashmir, a community still reeling from the effects of partition. My father was born three years after the British decided to leave, and as such the Queen was not really held in high regard by my family. When my dad found out she was dead he barely reacted – if anyone should care, maybe it should be an Indian Canadian with a Napoleonic complex who loves gilded chairs and unyielding allegiance to a cause. Instead, he grumbled that she should posthumously return the Koh-i-Noor diamond to India. “I know she won’t,” he admitted, resigned, while sucking falooda. He’s right — apparently the diamond will go to Camillebecause I guess the royals want my dad to have a heart attack and my mom yelling at me for a fortnight about why white women don’t even look good with flashy jewelry in the first place.
If you are sad for the Queen, whatever your nationality, it requires deep introspection. how sad are you on? What do you think we have lost? A piece of history already so well documented? A reminder of what imperialism looked like when whiteness, wealth and European domination were still After pronounced than it is now? Is it nostalgia for a time when things were easier — for you? The monarchy is defunct, its members are institutionally powerless, and now the queen is dead. The world goes beyond what the monarchy gave us or, rather, what the monarchy took from us. Diana is gone, Meghan is doing podcasts in Palo Alto, and you want me to be sad the queen is dead? Pass. Save your tears for something that matters. ●