IT has come to the attention of many people, especially the executives at the Daily Mail, that not everyone was a big fan of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II or the new King Charles III.
A fair few of those who are not on Team Monarchy can be found in the United States, and in particular in all the institutions held and dominated by the left in the US including the media, such as the Daily Show and the New York Times, and of course academia.
Take Maya Jasanoff, a professor of history at Harvard and the author of three books about the British Empire and its subjects. She told us to ‘Mourn the Queen, Not Her Empire’ because in her much-criticised opinion ‘the queen helped obscure a bloody history of decolonization whose proportions and legacies have yet to be adequately acknowledged’.
This should not come as a surprise as in 2020 Ms Jasanoff asked: ‘How did the British become so blinkered about their nation’s imperial history?’
Some of the criticism of Jasanoff’s piece has been for its tone, timing and downright inaccuracy. But I believe this was a particularly nasty line: ‘In a karmic turn, the Irish Republican Army assassinated the queen’s relative Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India (and the architect of Elizabeth’s marriage to his nephew, Prince Philip) in 1979.’ In other words, Lord Mountbatten deserved to be blown up in his boat by the IRA – the only question is whether the granny and young kids that were out with him deserved it also.
Speaking of nasty, if Professor Jasanoff’s piece in the New York Times was well argued if not predictable, Uju Anya was not to be left in the corner and came out fighting, tweeting: ‘I heard the chief monarch of a thieving, raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.’
I am not angry at either of these women. I leave that to others. What is important to note, dear reader, is that neither of these women is an unimportant basement dweller getting enraged. These two women are academics. They have positions of influence and are transmitting knowledge and values to the next generation of Americans.
Maya Jasanoff is the ‘X.D. and Nancy Yang Professor of Arts and Sciences and Coolidge Professor of History’ at Harvard, no less. This is the same Harvard to which many British parents including politicians will spend a small fortune sending their little darlings.
Jasanoff’s areas of research can be seen here. You can be sure that her view of the Queen is not a minority view on the Harvard campus – this is orthodoxy, and not to have this view will see you cancelled.
Dr Uju Anya can be found here. She ‘is a university professor and researcher in applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies primarily examining race, gender, sexual, and social class identities in new language learning through the experiences of African American students. Her other areas of inquiry include applied linguistics as a practice of social justice and translanguaging in world language pedagogy. She currently teaches and conducts research as associate professor of second language acquisition at the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Modern Languages’.
The views held by these two academics, namely that the British monarchy is still dripping with blood, as is all of Western civilisation, is the absolutely dominant view right now in all the main cultural and political institutions in the US. This view has jumped the pond. Crucially, ‘Empire and western civilisation is evil’ is the guiding philosophy behind movements such as Black Lives Matter.
This ‘Western civilisation is racist and oppressive and must be torn down so we can start afresh’ is the belief behind Black Lives Matter and is being spread in schools and institutions in the UK. This is the view that British police officers literally genuflect to when they ‘take the knee’. This is the view that footballers are endorsing when they ‘take the knee’ pre-match. This is the view that all the corporations have adopted when they suck up to and endorse the Black Lives Matter movement, which is not about making black lives better. It is a highly political, leftist group with radical beliefs.
And this critical race theory, intersectional nonsense view of the world is now taking root in British schools. Don’t believe me? Why, as the good professor notes, ‘In recent years, public pressure has been building on the British state and institutions to acknowledge and make amends for the legacies of empire, slavery and colonial violence . . . Efforts are under way to reform school curriculums, to remove public monuments that glorify empire and to alter the presentation of historic sites linked to imperialism.’
The next time you see some celebrity or sporting nitwit or corporate giant endorse Black Lives Matter or take the knee, remember exactly what they are supporting – namely the belief that British society is racist – racist and oppressive through and through from the top with King Charles III right down to the littlest toddlers in nursery. Only by tearing the whole thing down – from statutes to the school curriculum can racial justice be achieved.