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GG to seek review of insignia depicting black man as Satan

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2020 | 12:00 AM
The Star of the Order of St Michael and St George depicts St. Michael the Archangel as being triumphant over Satan.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen says he will ask the Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George to review the controversial insignia of the order.

It depicts a white man, cited as a triumphant archangel, with his foot on the neck of a black man deemed to be ‘Satan’.

The issue has been triggering outrage on social media since last weekend.

Some of the people commenting said it reminded them of the gruesome death of George Floyd in the United States.

Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer who knelt in his neck for several minutes.

In a release this afternoon, King's House said it is evident that the image on the insignia "can be offensive".

It also said the Governor-General acknowledges and welcomes the concerns and the negative emotions the image has caused.

About the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Named in honour of two military saints, St Michael and St George
  • The medal dates back to the 19th century in commemoration of the British protectorate over the Ionian Islands and Malta.
  • Initially intended for its inhabitants and British citizens, today the Order is given to diplomats, foreign service officers, and individuals who hold high office.
  • The medal has traditionally been bestowed and worn by Governors-General across the Commonwealth Realm countries, who have been knighted by The Queen.

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