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The Racism Of Michael And George

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.

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Sam Vara
Sam Vara
1 year ago

Unfortunately, the most salient feature of the demon is the huge pair of green scaly wings, which not even career criminals in the States are equipped with yet.

Bernie G.
Bernie G.
1 year ago

Ouch. Would imagine if you painted/engraved this sort of image in the current climate and posted it online, plod would be banging on the door within the hour.

Spike
Spike
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernie G.

No, these days, he would be helping spray-paint the door (like the doors of several Boston city councillors who just passed an annual budget maintaining police funding).

Michael van der Riet
Michael van der Riet
1 year ago
Reply to  Martin Sewell

A very cool post. It’s one thing to interpret a topic accurately, and another to put it in a few words that stick in the reader’s mind. The quality at HD tends to be rather patchy, but I will look out for more of your work.

Spike
Spike
1 year ago

Of course, we don’t know it was “murder.” Coked-up Floyd resisted arrest and gave a “claustrophobia” excuse for not entering the police cruiser. Chauvin restrained him (apparently in accord with policy) until backup arrived, Floyd making another health complaint that turned out to be true. This might not even be manslaughter, which in any case is for the jury not the mob. We also still don’t know that Floyd’s skin color was a factor.

Barks
Barks
1 year ago
Reply to  Spike

Died while in custody, suffering severe cardio and respiratory disease along with lethal drugs.

Spike
Spike
1 year ago
Reply to  Barks

The family has purchased a second opinion, from a doctor with a history of providing facts-to-order, that the police restraint was the cause of death. (And, per CDC policy, it is really a Covid-19 death.)

Michael van der Riet
Michael van der Riet
1 year ago
Reply to  Spike

Chauvin screwed up big time. Even if it had not resulted in death, and it seems probable that this is a commonly used form of restraint, his hold was brutal and painful and inflicted in a sadistic state of mind. The difference between the good guys and the bad guys is that the bad guys pass counterfeit bills and the good guys continue to treat every suspect with respect.

Spike
Spike
1 year ago

Maybe because Chauvin and his victim knew one another, and Chauvin already had 18 complaints filed against him. He was a bad guy, so was his victim. Public-employee unions protect bad guys; good guys don’t need them.

asiaseen
asiaseen
1 year ago

Can you imagine anyone in that line of business refusing a Kindly Call Me God or its lesser incarnation

MrYan
MrYan
1 year ago

Seems that it’s not even a problem anymore:

“Cabinet Office say the design was changed in 2011 to a light-skinned devil”

Edward Lud
Edward Lud
1 year ago

What if I self-identity as a light-skinned devil?

jgh
jgh
1 year ago
Reply to  Edward Lud

I *am* a light-skinned devil. I’m jijeung gweilo to most of my family.

John B
John B
1 year ago

Speaking of Orders… Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense…. motto of the Order of Knights of the Garter.

Evil be who evil thinks. It takes an evil mind to find evil where ever they look. That sums up the whole Wokeratti and Blank Little Minds brigade.

Spike
Spike
1 year ago
Reply to  John B

Quite. Take the polls of the large number of African-Americans who “encounter racism every day.” Out here in the woods, every day we experience friction dealing with other humans and have our plans thwarted. We simply don’t shelter in the easy excuse that everyone takes one look at me and hates me. Suddenly no Systemic Racism.

Janner
Janner
1 year ago

‘Taking the knee’ is reminiscent of Floyd’s demise. Why ain’t it banned? Can imagine jokes after work in a cop bar, ‘so then I got him under my knee like this. Shit was pink!’

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