Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Secret of England's Greatness

"now close your eyes" Posted by Hello

At the National Portrait Gallery in London, I come across this painting which makes me laugh most loudly and inappropriately which in turn causes everyone else to stare at me. It is titled ‘The Secret of England’s Greatness’, and it shows Queen Victoria handing a bible to some jewelled black savage kneeling before her.

I cannot stop laughing, because I am reminded of something Desmond Tutu (allegedly) said. "When the white man came, we had the land and they had the Bible; they said 'let us pray' and we bowed our heads; when we looked up, WE had the Bible and THEY had the land."