King Charles III Must Fight to Regain the Support of the Black Community after the Death of his Queen

As Charles prepares to succeed his mother as leader of the Commonwealth group of nations, which now consists of 56 countries, unanswered problems regarding race and colonialism take on greater significance.

In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing earlier this month, many have paid their respects. Many people of African-British descent in Britain questioned what she had done for them.
Her eldest son and eventual successor, Charles III, got an early taste of the challenges he will face as king with this topic. Anger over Britain’s colonial past is still very much alive.

At the time of her death, the queen was the head of state in fourteen other countries besides the United Kingdom.

Charles took over immediately after his mother’s death, but how long he will remain in power is becoming an increasingly hot topic as republican movements gain steam.

The next day following the queen’s death on September 8, Kehinde Andrews, a professor of black studies at the University of Birmingham, said that he did not share the country’s sadness.

“For those of us who were born in Britain or any of the other 15 countries that make up the “commonwealth,” the Queen is the ultimate symbol of white privilege.

He said on the Politico website, “She may have been perceived as an institution, but for us, she was the expression of the institutional racism that we had to meet on a daily basis.”

Many people of African, Caribbean, and Asian descent in Britain are tired of keeping quiet about the racism they say permeates the country’s institutions.

The topic was brought to light by the Black Lives Matter anti-racism rallies, which included requests for the removal of sculptures depicting historical people with ties to slavery.

An unarmed black man named Chris Kaba was shot and killed by police in London on September 19. Protests were staged around the country throughout the time of national mourning that ended with the queen’s burial on September 19.

Charles’s youngest son, Prince Harry, and his mixed-race bride, Meghan, have previously accused the royal family of racism, bringing the monarchy itself into the dispute.

The accusation provoked an immediate denial from Harry’s brother William and an investigation commitment from the Queen. He assured the press, “We are very much not a racist family.”

After publicly challenging the British establishment, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan left the royal family and relocated to the United States in early 2020.

As Charles prepares to succeed his mother as leader of the Commonwealth group of nations, which now consists of 56 countries, unanswered problems regarding race and colonialism take on greater significance.

The majority of the 2.6 billion individuals that make up the organisation are not white and are under the age of 30. Many of the members are also former British colonies.

Black and British: A Forgotten History” author David Olusoga has spoken of a “mass awakening to the facts and legacies of empire and slavery” throughout the Commonwealth.

However, the British historian claimed in The Guardian that the royal family had missed the “change of awareness.”

His example was William and Catherine’s Caribbean visit earlier this year, which was heavily panned for having a whiff of colonialism.

Furthermore, William was pressured to apologise for slavery and make restitution on behalf of the monarchy.

“That trip may go down in history as the earliest sign of the period in which we now find ourselves: the post-Elizabethan age,” Olusoga remarked.

Since then, William has spoken highly of the “immense contribution” made by the “Windrush” generation of Caribbean migrants who arrived in Britain after World War II to aid with the country’s recovery.

The government’s strict immigration policy led to the wrongful detention and deportation of many legitimate immigrants.

The deputy director of Operation Black Vote, Ashok Viswanathan, praised Charles’s track record of helping underprivileged youth and the black community through his Prince’s Trust foundation.

But he said, “he will have to cultivate that bond in his new capacity” if he wants to win over black Britons, especially the young.

Charles may have been actively fighting prejudice behind the scenes.

Before he became king in early September, he was asked to guest-edit The Voice, a daily for the African-Caribbean population.

Lester Holloway, the magazine’s editor, acknowledged that not all readers were satisfied because no one, including the royal family, had apologised for slavery.

On BBC he said: “After comparing the Prince of Wales’s work on racial equality over the course of 40 years to our own efforts over the same time period, we decided to work together.

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