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China-Global South and the Long Shadow of Empire

The largest diamonds in the British Crown Jewels come from South Africa. SUZANNE PLUNKETT / POOL / AFP

Writing is slow on my side today because as someone living in a former British colony, I can’t tear myself away from Twitter reactions to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Even as British Twitter is dominated by stiff-upper-lip memorials, Irish, South African, Kenyan, and Caribbean Twitter are LIT. in case you thought the peoples of these regions have forgotten the crimes of empire – uhm…take a look. 

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