An Indigenous professor says the Queen was the “architect” of colonialism who built wealth on “pain and suffering” after she died at the age of 96.
Sandy O’Sullivan, from the Department of Indigenous Peoples at Macquarie University in Sydney, posted a Twitter thread on Friday morning saying it was “outrageous” to expect Aboriginal people to react to the news with respect.
Queen Elizabeth was born 138 years after the British colonization of Australia in 1788, but Professor O’Sullivan argued that he failed to intervene to protect Aboriginal people from harm in the 20th century.
Queen Elizabeth has visited Australia 16 times during her 70 years on the throne. In 2002 (top), she famously saw her cultural show at her Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns.
Professor O’Sullivan, who identifies as Wiradjuli, transgender and non-binary, tweeted: .
“She was not an onlooker of colonization and the effects of colonialism, she was its architect.
“It is outrageous to require an indigenous people to honor the death of someone who has deliberately made our lives worse. Is it worth considering?
“Many times throughout the 20th century she was able to intervene and reset the relationship between the Indigenous Peoples and the ‘Crown’ because she had more power than the ritual to do so. I didn’t.
Sandy O’Sullivan (pictured) from the Department of Indigenous Peoples at Macquarie University in Sydney posted a Twitter thread (above) on Friday morning saying it was “outrageous” to expect Aboriginal people to react to the news with respect. ” he said.
Queen Elizabeth has visited Australia 16 times during her 70 years on the throne. In 2002, she famously saw her cultural show at Tjapukai Her Aboriginal Her Cultural Park in Cairns.
Professor O’Sullivan accused the Queen of complicity in land theft and alleged that she may have ordered the Australian government to return the land to the Aborigines.
“What she did was take an active part in stealing our land,” the professor wrote.
Queen Elizabeth II bids farewell to Australia in 2011
The professor argued that the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975 showed the Queen’s influence over Australian politics.
“Instead of giving back and reparing from her vast wealth, her agents (whom she was clearly in control, see ‘fired’) continued to steal land and when they had it all, They stole our children,” she wrote. A reference to the stolen generation.
“She had influence over the Federation. Her wealth was not merely ceremonial, nor passively acquired.
“It was built on the pain and suffering of the Indigenous people. That was the plan all along, and that was the plan she was an agent for her entire career.
However, recently unsealed documents prove that John Carr, the governor-general at the time of his dismissal, unilaterally dismissed then-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam without the Queen’s direction or knowledge.
Professor O’Sullivan’s comments were criticized by other social media users, many pointing out that the Queen was not personally responsible for colonialism.
One wrote: Just to show that our university is a joke.
Another source added, “Millions of people are mourning her death and you spout this rant. There’s time in the place – read the room.”
A third commenter said, “This is why the Australian government should not pay a single cent to universities.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has sent Australia’s condolences to Queen Elizabeth, who died overnight in Balmoral, Scotland.
“The passing of Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of a historic reign and a long life dedicated to duty, family, faith and service.
“The Australian Government and Australian people extend their deepest condolences to the Royal Family for the loss of their beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother – someone who has long been their greatest inner strength.”
The Capitol flag was lowered to half-staff.
The Queen’s place in the hearts of millions of Australians was as enduring as her lifelong relationship with the former colony. She is pictured receiving flowers from school children waiting with flags after a Wealth Day service.