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UK’s royal honour image branded as ‘offensive’

- Campaigners say image reminiscent of killing of George P. Floyd Jr; Calls for redesign
The 'offensive' imagery on the award’s badge portrays St Michael trampling on Satan; however, campaigners say the image is reminiscent of the killing of George P. Floyd Jr by white police officers in the US that led to worldwide protests. Photo: INTERFOTO/Alamy
The image on one of Britain’s highest honours, Order of St Michael and St George, has come in for strong criticism from persons who believe it is reminiscent of the May 25, 2020, killing of George P. Floyd Jr by white police officers in the US that led to worldwide protests. Photo: Internet Source
The image on one of Britain’s highest honours, Order of St Michael and St George, has come in for strong criticism from persons who believe it is reminiscent of the May 25, 2020, killing of George P. Floyd Jr by white police officers in the US that led to worldwide protests. Photo: Internet Source
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, over the death of George p. Floyd Jr .Photo: AP/Alex Brandon
Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, over the death of George p. Floyd Jr .Photo: AP/Alex Brandon
LONDON, United Kingdom- The image on one of Britain’s highest honours, Order of St Michael and St George, has come in for strong criticism from persons who believe it is reminiscent of the May 25, 2020, killing of George P. Floyd Jr by white police officers in the US that led to worldwide protests.

The Order of St Michael and St George is traditionally awarded to ambassadors and diplomats and senior Foreign Office officials who have served abroad. It has three ranks, the highest of which is Knight Grand Cross (GCMG), followed by Knight Commander (KCMG) and Companion (CMG).

Image ‘offensive’

According to British newspaper, The Guardian, campaigners are calling for the redesign of the award because they say its badge resembles a depiction of a white angel standing on the neck of a chained black man.

The imagery on the award’s badge portrays St Michael trampling on Satan, but campaigners, according to The Guardian, say the image is reminiscent of the killing of George P. Floyd Jr by white police officers in the US that led to worldwide protests.

It said a petition calling for the medal to be redesigned has attracted more than 2,000 signatures on

According to The Guardian, the petition, started by Tracy Reeve, says: “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. We the undersigned are calling for this medal to completely redesigned in a more appropriate way and for an official apology to be given for the offence it has given.”

Is image racist?

It added Bumi Thomas, a Nigerian British singer, activist and specialist in visual communications, said the imagery on the badge was clear. “It is not a demon; it is a black man in chains with a white, blue-eyed figure standing on his neck. It is literally what happened to George Floyd and what has been happening to black people for centuries under the guise of diplomatic missions: active, subliminal messaging that reinforces the conquest, subjugation and dehumanisation of people of colour.

“It is a depiction on a supposed honour of the subjugation of the black and brown people of the world and the superiority of the white, a construct born in the 16th century. It is the definition of institutional racism that this image is not only permitted but celebrated on one of the country’s highest honours. Whilst statues are being pulled down and relocated, emblems and symbols of this nature also need to be redesigned to reflect a more progressive, holistic relationship between Britain and the Commonwealth nations.”

‘Shocking depiction’

Sir Simon Woolley, the director and one of the founders of Operation Black Vote, which campaigns for greater representation of ethnic minorities in politics and public life, said he was appalled by the badge.

“The original image may have been of St Michael slaying Satan, but the figure has no horns or tail and is clearly a black man. It is a shocking depiction, and it is even more shocking that that image could be presented to ambassadors representing this country abroad,” he said, according to The Guardian.

“This is the past that informs the present, and that’s why it symbolises everything that Black Lives Matter are campaigning for. It provides a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to acknowledge it and own it, but the opportunity is to put it right. It is easy to get rid of an image, but I would like root-and-branch restructuring, because most of the institutions created by the empire are still there.

“For most black and brown people, there is nothing good about the empire. Most people will see this as an image of George Floyd on a global scale and a symbol of white supremacy.”

The Order was founded in 1818 under King George III. It was originally created to honour service in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic wars. The motto that surrounds the image is Auspicium melioris ævi, Latin for “Omen of a better age”.

According to The Guardian, Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

41 Responses to “UK’s royal honour image branded as ‘offensive’”

  • Strupes (25/06/2020, 11:14) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    We don’t care when them start sending cheques here then we will
  • bvi (25/06/2020, 11:15) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    Not only is the image racists but it neo colonial. Might as well the imagine depicting an angel was a depiction of a white Jesus which was perpetual by the Catholic Church to portray a white image of Christianity. I will not go to any church including in the BVI where there is an image of a white Jesus.
    • just wrong (25/06/2020, 13:20) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Well now. That certainly helps meld the races together. But the incredible hatred makes me ask why do you go to church at all?
      • josiah'sbay (25/06/2020, 15:17) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
        just wrong ,for how long now have people of African decent been trying to meld the races with no help from the other side. The Europeans found it absolutely necessary to take a man of color and depict him as one of their own. When people of color who are now waking up to the truth decides not to go along with their depiction it exudes hatred? There is nothing better vehicle to spread colonizer's ideology than a colonized mind.
    • Funny (25/06/2020, 14:42) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      But you believe in the Bible?
      * Ephesians 6:5, “Slaves obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would show to Christ.”
      1 Timothy 6:1, “All who are under the yoke of slavery should regard their masters as fully worthy of honour, so that God’s name and our teaching will not be discredited.”
      Exodus 21:20, “If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.”

      I could go on but I think YOU MIGHT get the point...
      • @ Funny (26/06/2020, 06:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ephesians 6 and vs 9 says ( continuation of vs 5) " And ye Masters do the same thing onto them [slaves] forbearing threatening knowing that your Master also is in heaven neither is there respect of persons with him"
        Colossian 4 v1 " Masters provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven"
        Colossians 5v 1 " It is for freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery"
        Luke 4 v 18 " The spirit of the Lord is upon me , because he has anointed me to to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim FREEDOM for the prisoners recovery of sight for the blind and set the oppressed [slaves] free. Christ abolished Slavery in the bible. Man continued in the trade.
        Even after 1834 the slave trade continued. When quoting any document Sir, please produce it in its entirety not parts that favors you. The slave owners were careful not to mention the scriptures I did. They would have probably use the one you did.
        Slavery was wrong. It should never have happened.
        • Precisely! (26/06/2020, 11:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Lets take it a step further.

          When black people proclaimed that they were enslaved by the bible, it was dismissed as a petty grievance but recently, it has been revealed that there was in fact a black slave bible and it was heavily redacted to only include those scriptures which favoured the continued oppression of the black race as slaves! and that is why when the black man said he was enslaved by the bible, that is the one he is referring to because he was not given the whole book! Only the parts that kept him a prisoner.

          Do your research properly.
        • Modern slavery (01/07/2020, 19:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Slavery still exists in Mauritania an African country ...
    • Rubber Duck (26/06/2020, 06:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      And chess. White v black Clearly a racist game invented by Chinese racists. Why does white get to move first ? Obviously so the black side has less chance of winning. We should march against this oppression immediately.
      • lol (26/06/2020, 11:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        That was good.
        To far east is always west.

        Some things are truly ridiculous
    • priest (26/06/2020, 06:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Even the devil trying to take his place on the World stage in the time of World crisis.
    • @bvi (26/06/2020, 07:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Acts 17:29 Being then God's offspring, we are not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image form by the art and imagination of man.
      The bible did not give a skin color of Jesus. Man imagined how he looked and produced the images we see. The bible forbid the making curving, or painting of images depicting God for the simple reasons you noted. An artist will depict him [God] according to the color of his skin.
      Our flags depicted the Union jack (read the history) and the picture of St Ursula who is a caucasian are we going to remove them to?
      • word (26/06/2020, 14:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Amen. Your eyes are open. The devil is using people to twist the Word of God but we will keep our eyes open. Many think they are self-sufficient and don't need Jesus but woe unto those who never gets a chance to repent. Racism is demonic. Only God is superior and the children of God have power and authority over the devil and his children. Amen.
  • GOV (25/06/2020, 11:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wat ur take on it ..let here u ...or see if u keep quiet. Cause we bvi people kno u very sensitive about stand kneeling on neck....hmmm
  • devil (25/06/2020, 11:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I kno he like a roaring lion through and forth on earth seeking to destroy the most high works ....picture speak a thousand words common sence tell the whole story.
    The evil in them white kkk HIGH PLACES....
  • Prophesy (25/06/2020, 11:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    2000 years is the length of ur time which only a sec of ours.....evil is only the path for light to shine .....
  • weed (25/06/2020, 11:50) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    lets hope we hear from the white governor
  • nurse (25/06/2020, 12:11) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Shockingly blatant imagery
  • Ghost (25/06/2020, 13:12) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    You see this here; this is what would fuel “My Flesh” to have feelings of hate for these people you know but only God I can seek to not hate them.. this Is clearly racist.. as per VINO prior article, Britain had one of the most ‘successful’ slave-trading countries accounting for about 70% of all Africans transported to the Americas. According to the article, "Britain was the most dominant between 1640 and 1807... It is estimated that Britain transported 3.1 million Africans.. I find it ironic that it’s suppose to be a white angel on the devil so how is it that the “devil” is black and not white as the angel.. you know I Love God and I try my best with His Help to Love in spite of but I am so tired of the hating on our race.. when will they stop trying to enslave us.. I have concluded that all this hatred towards us is perhaps because they fear us - we are a Strong Race of people - none like us.. this picture is just wrong ..
  • Reparation (25/06/2020, 13:17) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    There is no black jesus so don't fool y'all selves. All pasters need to be charge for scamming and oppressing black people.if you can understand what you are reading then you will surely dispose of the bible but alot choose to turn a blind eye.MARCH TO CLOSE ALL CHURCHES.
  • Lolmaoo (25/06/2020, 13:44) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Where all the w....lovers bloggers...

    That should old u all think there love u ....eye opener mf
  • now (25/06/2020, 13:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    All u keep off vino and claude now. Look colonalization. For u .....act blind if u want now
  • blm (25/06/2020, 14:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time is on my side ....and time is wat the wicked have near and close ...god is great
  • Ghost (25/06/2020, 14:12) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    This picture I believe is a plan of the enemy to try to get us to hate but let us not hate .. instead we pray to God for continued deliverance for our race .. He delivered the Israelites from Egypt and He will Continue to deliver us to.. maybe our country need to start looking at the possibility of independence from the UK.. God will help us to find ways of sustaining ourselves in ways that are pleasing to him, but maybe it’s something to look into .. Again don’t hate them.. let’s pray for them instead and Trust God.. this is the enemy seeking to destroy and get us to hate..We Pray continually .. DO NOT Let the enemy win...
  • kkk (25/06/2020, 16:20) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    so the governor is no good he has said nothing of this, but I will not conclude he is a racist
  • Truth (25/06/2020, 16:50) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Funny how life is! I wonder if the persons who were calling for businesses to stop advertising on Vino has anything to say? But seriously, this is not a surprise. We grew up seeing "white Jesus, right? But somehow Satan is black? You would think that since Satan was created by God and had held such power he would be white as well...hahaha... even more, Michel the arc angel is "white"...something is definitely wrong! But those "folks" who created such things know what they are doing and it is no accident.

    Truth be told!
  • The Way (25/06/2020, 18:15) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply


  • NezRez (25/06/2020, 19:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    They better get rid of that picture soon. Any Black person wearing this pin is nothing but a BUFFOON and should NOT feel proud to have it given to you! Even in your face with eyes wide open, you think this medal is an honor. They are laughing their a$$e# off because you were too dumb to notice it!

  • Gus (25/06/2020, 20:43) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    U represents a evil force ....let the people here wat u got to say about this dam picture or hall ur @#$ back where u come from and to who send u..god dam ...we going to let the world know about his ...this is 2020..not no plantation. Our children dont need this we come to dam far for this .....

  • Hmmm lol (25/06/2020, 20:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    U all need to look at the pin good with a realistic open mind it the white devil on the black jesus neck after there took him off the cross ...Roman soldiers.......hashana ...i can laugh for i know u all time is at hand....
  • Not2Sure (25/06/2020, 21:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The face of white supremacy
  • the real deal (26/06/2020, 03:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Satan masquerading as an angel of light.
  • Rubber Duck (26/06/2020, 05:58) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    It’s an image of an imaginary angel standing on an imaginary devil and has nothing at all to do with race relations.
    Get a grip and stop making trouble
  • @rubber duck (26/06/2020, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    get ur ms u sound like one them black slave wat worship his master more than his father deserves to be k...l
  • Won’t hear from Gus.... (26/06/2020, 10:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Gus will be silent on this unless it’s a cartoon of him? Does he care about what’s right? Just his own PR. He has to go.

  • anti pc (26/06/2020, 11:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    why is everyone turning so soft
  • ,@ghost (27/06/2020, 14:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it not wat u do but why ...if evil is well and manifest it self in it own will to exist and destroy wat is good.then it left up to good to physically by the most way removed other words a time to love forgive teach and then it a time to not but to condem....something are damaged beyond repair that the time to discard...there is that time to kill ....and spear nothing

  • Long range (28/06/2020, 15:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look listen an read The Holy Bible. Dont you see and hear the evil that is being allowed by God to test us and the good that is here ?? Its time to CHOOSE WHAT SIDE YOU WANT. NO MORE GREY , WISHY WASHY NON COMMITMENT ANYMORE
    Blacks hating whites , whites hating blacks is the Evil. Looting, fighting and killing over WHAT!!?? A word or symbol or historical statues??? What in the HELL????! That IS SAITAN . Its so OBVIOUS. WORKING TO DROP THIS RIDICULOUS NONSENSE IS STEP 1 TO BEING GOOD AND LOVING TO ANYONE. by the way... What RACE ARE ALBINOS???? AND WHY WOULD WE CARE?? For all we know Jesus was an albino
  • Hmmmm (29/06/2020, 20:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Angels are of Light, they are not caucasian. Devils are not africans. It depicts things that are not factual.

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