A LinkedIn user caused a stir by denouncing Queen Elizabeth and refused to express her grief for her death — instead insisting that rapper Queen Latifah “is the only queen I’m ready to cry over when she passes.”
Jermaine L. Murray, a Toronto-based career coach and tech recruiter who founded the company JupiterHR, took to LinkedIn on Friday to chime in on the death of the british monarchdied Thursday at the age of 96.
“As Jamaicans and Canadians, the Queen’s family have done unimaginable harm to my family, my country, my community and my lineage,” he wrote.
“I mourn my lost legacy and as such she is the only queen I am prepared to mourn over when she passes.”
The post generated thousands of reactions and hundreds of comments.
Most of those who reacted agreed with Murray, but there were some negative reactions.
“What did she do in particular? replied Poul Oddershede.
“Ashamed to say these things at the time of his death, total disrespect.”
“I totally hear what you’re saying, but I’m disappointed with the timing,” said Terry Herrmann.
Amrita Chandhiok wrote that she was born in India, which was once a British colony.
“I understand and appreciate what a lot of people have posted,” she wrote.
“But my big question is why are you still living in the past? Some of these countries gained freedom 50 or 60 years ago and continue to elect leaders who recklessly plunder them.
“So who should we keep blaming?”
LinkedIn user Phil Steel challenged Murray.
“Please expand on your statement,” Steel wrote. “I would like to know exactly which family members have done unimaginable harm to your family?”
“They all continue to enjoy the benefits of slavery and my family still grapples with the repercussions of slavery and colonialism,” Murray replied.
“The Queen and Andrew have refused to pay reparations for slavery or issue an apology. They literally said, “We’ll think about apologizing someday.”
Until the UK agrees to pay Jamaica $10 billion in reparations, Murray said he would offer “prayers down”.
“I hope she burns in the fires of hell,” he wrote.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced on Thursday, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Uju Anya, of Nigerian descent, tweeted that she wished the monarch an “excruciating” death.
“I heard that the head monarch of a genocidal thief and rapist empire is finally dying,” Anya tweeted.
“May his pain be excruciating.”
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, the third richest person in the worldcondemned her, responding to the tweet: “Is this someone supposedly working to make the world a better place?”
“I don’t think so,” Bezos added. “Wow.”
Twitter deleted the tweet, citing a violation of its terms of service. But Anya refused to apologize. Carnegie Mellon released a statement saying she “does not condone” her tweets, but gave no indication that she planned to discipline her.
In Argentina, which fought a war with the British in 1982 over the Falkland Islands, a television host poured champagne and toasted the death of the monarch live on the airwaves.
A viral video also showed Irish football fans chant ‘Lizzy’s in a box’ on the occasion of his death.