“The View” co-host Sonny Hostin demanded that King Charles III pay reparations to Africa and India, insisting that the monarchy was “built on the backs of black and brown people.”
On the ABC morning talk show’s Friday episode, Hostin, who noted that she once lived in London while she was studying, called out the British Empire’s history of conquering and controlling underdeveloped nations.
“I think we can mourn the Queen and not the empire, because if you really think about what the monarchy was built on, it was built on the backs of black and brown people,” Hostin asserted.
“She wore a crown of pillaged stones from India and Africa,” she continued. “And now what you’re seeing, at least in the black communities that I’m a part of, they want reparations.”
Hostin called for newly crowned King Charles III to financially compensate the fifteen remaining Commonwealth realms.
“It’s time for him to modernize this monarchy and it’s time for him to provide reparations to all of those colonies,” she charged. “It’s very easy to uplift one family, the harder thing is to uplift all families.”
In the same episode, Hostin defended Carnegie Mellon University professor Uju Anya, who hoped that Queen Elizabeth II suffered an “excruciating” death.
“I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying,” Anya tweeted on Thursday. “May her pain be excruciating.”
Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shot back, “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow.”
Anja was undeterred about being called out by the world’s third-richest man. “May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonizers,” the linguistics professor replied.
The post was taken down by Twitter for “wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm,” a violation of the company’s hate speech policy.
“The View” panelist Sara Haines said the tweet was “awful” and was shocked about the “tens of thousands of likes” the post received.
“To me, that was a moment where you’re answering the very hate you reject with hate,” Haines said.
“It was a thieving, raping, genocidal empire,” Hostin replied. “That’s all true.”