The Reggae Fraternity Response To The Death of Queen Elizabeth II
Written by RasMahddy on September 14, 2022
September 2022 (ReggaeVibeMedia) – Her death has prompted a flurry of feelings, and viewpoints that split people between supportive and critical. On the one hand, the 96-year-old Queen who was beloved by many and ruled over her domain for 70 years. On the other hand, this is the same woman who headed a monarchy that is guilty of enslaving, subjugating, raping, killing, and pillaging of countless Africans and indigenous people around the world. Let us not forget the amount of sacred, and valuable items that were stolen from Africa and other countries that are still in their possession to this day.
Queen Elizabeth was not universally loved in Africa.— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) September 9, 2022
My CNN live report on colonialism, fairytales and the Africans who refuse to mourn her death pic.twitter.com/1PyK2l6vqZ
The UK government now has a plan in place called “Operation London Bridge” which is the response to Queen Elizabeth’s death. The code phrase “London Bridge is down” will be immediately sent out, shops shut down, and citizens sent home from work to begin 12 days of national mourning.
The government of Jamaica has declared that a period of mourning will be observed to honour the passing of Queen Elizabeth II starting on September 8 and concluding on September 18 with a Day of Mourning.
The formal Day of Mourning will be marked on September 18, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said on Thursday. The mourning period is expected to finish on September 19, 2022. All social gatherings should be postponed on the Day of Mourning since there shouldn’t be any festive events.
As any person with good common sense would be able to figure out this didn’t sit well with many Jamaicans. For a country that just celebrated 60 years of freedom from British rule, but it sure looks to be another “Babylonian trick” they pulled on the people of Jamaica. The way they all rolled into Jamaica with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal tour of the Caribbean in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee looked is if they wanted to remind the people who rules.
Veteran entertainment, #OliverSamuels has also added his voice to Jamaica’s govt announcing & observing 12 days of mourning for #QueenElizabeth’s passing.— Sound Chat Radio (@IrishandChin) September 12, 2022
There is growing dissent for the #BritishMonarchy, especially throughout Commonwealth nations. pic.twitter.com/xNyrptmodq
The fact is Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022) has been the listed head of state of Jamaica, from the independence of Jamaica in 1962 to the present day. Upon the death of the Queen, King Charles III has now inherited the role of head of state of Jamaica.
For those who don’t understand what it means to be head of state here is the definition:
Head of state (noun)
- The chief public representative of a nation having duties, privileges and responsibilities varying greatly depending on the constitutional rules; a monarch in a monarchy, and often styled president in a republic, but variations such as collegiality exist.
- the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government.
Now, if you are a country free from British rule how the “Ras” was the Queen, and now King Charles II the head of state of Jamaica.? 👀
With Britain’s King Charles III taking over as Head of State of Jamaica, lawyers appointed Queen’s Counsel will now be referred to as King’s Counsel, confirms Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs. #QueenElizabeth #GLNRToday pic.twitter.com/954X0tk1jW— Jamaica Gleaner (@JamaicaGleaner) September 8, 2022
Out of the many followers on Twitter ZJ Sparks was one of the first voice her opinion. He had this too say below via her official Twitter account:
London Bridge has fallen— Zj Sparks 🇯🇲 🕉 九 (@Sparkiebaby) September 8, 2022
Maxi Priest had this to say via his official Twitter account:
The very outspoken, and controversial Mr. Vegas let it be known what his thoughts were about the Queen, and what he thought about what Maxi Priest posted:
RASTA NUH STAND FI NUTTEN AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/alsqOphNdm— Mr. Vegas (@MrVegasMusic) September 8, 2022
She was OUR Hitler! Go to hell!!!!— Mr. Vegas (@MrVegasMusic) September 9, 2022
VP Records gave this statement via their official Twitter account:
Sean Paul gave a few words via instagram:
Mutabaruka was featured on Democracy Now in the Untied States, as he always is, thought provoking, always smoking, lyrics like a Bazooka!
The Economic Freedom Fighters CIC Julius S. Malema @Julius_S_Malema had some very thought provoking comments from South Africa:
CIC @Julius_S_Malema addressing at the picket outside the Public Protectors office— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 9, 2022
-By mourning and praising the queen you are celebrating colonialism, you’re not different from Helen Zille
-We are very clear, the queen does not represent anything good #ReleasePhalaPhalaReport pic.twitter.com/JeTN2WC7ka
The loss of a loved one is always a sad occasion. Besides being a wife and mother, Elizabeth Windsor was also a grandma and great-grandmother. The fact that we are all humans I feel sorrow for those mourning their loss. It also feels like, “Ding dong the witch is dead”. It’s hard to ignore the horrifying treatment that many people received at the hands of the British monarchy.
Following the visit of Prince William and Kate Middleton to the island, the Government of Jamaica has vowed to carry on its efforts to become a republic following in the footsteps what Barbados officially did in November. .