Just think how hard we’re going to have to work to truly cleanse our society of the stains of racist iconography. An example being that the insignia of the Order of St Micheal and St George is racist. Yep, and angel stamping on the neck of Lucifer is just too, too, close to what happened to George Floyd to beallowable:
This award is used to honour individuals who have rendered important services in relation to Commonwealth or foreign nations. People are appointed to the Order rather than awarded it. British Ambassadors to foreign nations are regularly appointed as KCMGs or CMGs.
The image on the Honorary Knights/Dames Commander (KCMG/DCMG) star is a white skinned angel stood on the head/neck of a black skinned devil.
This is a highly offensive image, it is also reminiscent of the recent murder of George Floyd by the white policeman in the same manner presented here in this medal.
In the orders of chivalry Michael and George is the one usually handed out for efforts in the diplomatic corps. We might, unkindly, suggest that the imagery is therefore appropriate in this sense being complained about. Getting one up on Johnny Foreigner rather being the point of the enterprise.
The correct answer though is that there’s no requirement to accept any of these gongs, if and when they’re offered. So, don’t like it, don’t accept it. And there’s the end to the matter.