Award-winning artist George the Poet has revealed he turned down an MBE because of the “pure evil” of the British Empire.
Award-winning artist George the Poet has revealed he turned down an MBE because of the “pure evil” of the British Empire////CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
The 28-year-old, real name George Mpanga, said that while he “deeply appreciated” the gesture, he did not want to accept the honour because of “the colonial trauma inflicted on the children of Africa”.
Mpanga, who was born in London but is of Ugandan heritage, added that the empire had committed “rape” against his homeland and that its conduct in the country was “pure evil”.
Speaking on his BBC podcast Have You Heard George’s Podcast?, he said: “Your forefathers grabbed my motherland, pinned her down and took turns.
“They did that every day for a couple hundred years and then left her to treat her own burns.”
He added that he “saw his parents’ faces” when a friend asked if he was going to accept the honour back in May, and that he later felt a “burning sensation in my chest” when he “reflected on my status”.