Patrick Vernon, a cultural historian and co-author of 100 Great Black Britons, said if the Queen truly embraced BLM “the next logical question would be what is she going to do about it, in terms of allyship, which is no different to conversations I’ve been having with people in the private sector when I’ve done talks on this issue in the last couple of years.
“What is she going to demonstrate through allyship around supporting black and brown people and also acknowledging her privilege? In many ways she is the ultimate in privilege.”
He suggested several actions she could take, including:
- Making an explicit statement supporting BLM.
- Increasing the diversity of staff employed by Buckingham Palace.
- Ending the Queen’s personal exemption from equality laws.
- Acknowledging the Windrush scandal and supporting a proper compensation scheme for its victims.
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