Established in 2010 by Selena Carty, the Black Poppy Rose aims at “enlightening people of ALL nations, of the African/Black/West Indian/Caribbean/Pacific Islands & Indigenous communities contribution to history.” Farage, who once led the Brexit Party, argued that the Black Poppy Rose has no place in a British commemoration, nor does it advance admirable goals. “Well, on the face of it, it’s to honor black servicemen that were killed serving in the wars, who some people believe are underrepresented,” he said. “But it also represents black people who fought against the British in a variety of wars. And it also represents a demand for reparations,” Farage said. He noted, most importantly of all, that the red poppy already includes those whom the Black Poppy Rose keeps separate. “The whole point of wearing the poppy, the whole point of the cenotaph [an empty tomb that symbolizes all war dead], is that it’s not about class, or race, or rank or what medals you won,” Farage said. “It treats everybody absolutely the same, and that’s the way that it simply has to stay,” he said. Some social media users had a similar reaction to the king’s Black Poppy Rose. “The red poppy already represented all of you, filthy grifter,” one X user tweeted.
Today King Charles III wore a @Blackpoppyrose to honour the legacy of the contributions made by the African, Black, West Indian, Pacific Islands, and Indigenous Nation to Global Wars, inclusive of World War I and II during Remembrance Month.@TheTelegraph__#wewillremember pic.twitter.com/XxMkPIHuMp— BlackPoppyRose (@Blackpoppyrose) November 8, 2023
“The red poppy is for everyone, so this one seems racist,” another user posted.
The red poppy already represented all of you, filthy grifter.— Morvleydh Kerneweger 〓〓 (@Morvleydh_Fal) November 9, 2023
We need not imagine how black veterans from the early 20th century would have felt about segregated observances. After all, they experienced them. That fact never seems to occur to modern social justice warriors. Or, more ominously, perhaps it does occur to them. Perhaps they prefer segregation. In fact, nothing in their behavior suggests they have any interest in real equality. Thus, the king committed a serious error. But Farage did not necessarily blame the monarch. Charles’ advisers, on the other hand, “should be sacked from Buckingham Palace,” Farage thundered. Indeed, World War I gave us many unfortunate things. The Black Poppy Rose on the king’s lapel amounts to one more of them.
The red poppy is for everyone, so this one seems racist.— ArchAngel 🏴☠️🏴☠️🏴☠️🏴☠️🏴☠️ (@ArchAngelMyke) November 9, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.