Historian and Broadcaster David Starkey has caused outrage over his comments on BBC 2’s Newsnight Show. He said that the influence of “black culture” was the reason that some white youngsters took part in the recent riots and looting. During the discussion he said that he had been re-reading Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech. Starkey claimed that the racist MP’s “prophesy” was “absolutely right”.

“The whites have become black. A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture has become the fashion. And black and white, boy and girl, operate in this language together, this language which is wholly false, which is this Jamaican patois that’s been intruded in England, and this is why so many of us have this sense of literally a foreign country.”

The historian also said that if you listen to MP David Lammy without seeing him you would think he is a white man because he doesn’t speak with Jamaican patois meaning he is “civilised”.

Each individual who took part in the looting is responsible for themselves. Why should a whole race have to take the blame for the actions of a few imbeciles? Yes there are some black people who are violent and “thuggish” but there are also white people who are violent and Asian people are not excluded from this either. Why does it have to be a “black thing”?

Yes I’m aware that there are some black people who are disillusioned and think that violence and criminality is feature of “being black”. But this is not the truth the word “black” just describes the colour of 1/8 of your skin, because by the way, beneath that 1/8 we’re all  the same. “Black” does not describe or define an individual, their words and actions do that.

"As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood"- Enoch Powell's prophesy that Starkey referred to

Its about time we stopped putting all black people under one shabby umbrella that only covers a small minority of fools who think that way. As writer Dreda Say Mitchell, who also a guest on Newsnight, said, “You keep talking about black culture. Black communities are not homogenous. So there are black cultures. Lots of different black cultures. What we need to be doing is … think about ourselves not as individual communities … but as one community. We need to stop talking about them and us.”


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