White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was in the midst of discussing the Inflation Reduction Act when the death of Queen Elizabeth II was confirmed.
The Queen was Britain’s longest reigning monarch and passed away at the age of 96 due to health issues.
While her death has garnered sympathies from world leaders, many around the world point to her empire’s brutal and racist legacy.
Her empire is given credit for being responsible for the funneling of trillions of dollars from its colonies, to profiting from the trans-atlantic slave trade, building concentration camps in Kenya, causing the Mau Mau famine and perpetuating racism within the palace walls such as the banning of colored immigrants from working in the palace.
The Queen’s controversial knighthood of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Former Israeli president late Shimon Peres are a point of contention amongst critics and supporters.
The senior knighthood of Tony Blair, widely seen as one of the main architects for Great Britain’s war on Iraq and Afghanistan, was met with backlash protesting the Queen’s decision. One petition that demanded the Queen strip Blair of his knighthood cited cruel war crimes and innocent lives lost totaling 460,000 to one million Iraqis. Blair, however, went on to keep his knighthood status, was appointed as Middle East Peace Envoy and amassed wealth now worth $60 million.
Israel’s ninth president late Shimon Peres, who then stood for election as Israel’s prime minister ordering the massacre of Palestinians in a refugee camp in Qana, South Lebanon to bolster support claimed the lives of 106 people; half of them being children; was also knighted by the Queen on November 20th, 2008.
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