Barbados has decided to remove Queen Elizabeth as its head of state as the people move away from a system based on colonization and white superiority.
“Barbados intends to fully leave our colonial past behind. Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state,” Prime Minister Mia Mottley said.
A speech written by the Prime Minister and read by governor-general Dame Sandra Mason said the country would aim to make the move ahead of its 55th anniversary of independence, which is November 2021.
Dame Sandra Mason added: “This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.”
A statement from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday said: “This is a matter for the government and people of Barbados.”
Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica have all made the same move of removing the Queen as head of state after independence but countries like Jamaica, Australia and Canada continue to keep things the way they were prior to independence.
Some Jamaicans have been vocal about removing the queen as head of state but that would require a two-third majority of government to agree which most Jamaican don’t thing will ever happen.
“The difficulty lies in the Jamaican constitution, which has very high thresholds for constitutional change: two thirds majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and any change to the monarchy must also be submitted to referendum,” according to UCL.
Even though Jamaica’s population is 97% Black it is still a difficult task to replace a white head of state with a Black one on an island that leads the world in skin bleaching per capita, despite being the home of Marcus Garvey.