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Governor General of Jamaica Puts Personal Use of Royal Badges on “ Offensive Image ”

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Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, the representative of the British monarchy in Jamaica, made the announcement on Friday. Allen said he is suspending the personal use of the insignia of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George due to its offensive implications, according to a press release on the Governor General’s site.
The insignia has the illustration of Saint Michael and Satan on one of its sides, according to the British royal family website. The image posted on the Governor General’s website and highlighted by Allen shows Satan as a dark-skinned man under the foot of a white archangel and has recently caused anger in Jamaica.

In his statement, Allen said the suspension followed recognition of the concerns expressed by “citizens about the image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color. “

Allen sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George requesting a review of the image, recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive image of humanity shared by all people”, indicates the press release.

CNN has contacted the palace press office for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

The Order of St. Michael and St. George recognizes service in a foreign country or in connection with foreign and Commonwealth affairs, such as the work of foreign service officers and diplomats, according to the Royal website.

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