Historian David Starkey Triggers Controversy with “Whites Have Become Blacks” Comment


Historian David Starkey Triggers Controversy with “Whites Have Become Blacks” Comment
by Darius Kadivar

British historian David Starkey tries to talk about the English Riots on the BBCs flagship current affairs program Newsnight. He's never able to finish a point and is constantly talked over by two other debaters with no help from the chair.
 (NOTE: Only for UK viewers Full Version of the Program available here)

BBC’s Newsight on the 12th of August 2011:

Following the program Twitter erupted last night after David Starkey’s appearance on Newsnight. The general consensus was that he was guilty of racism. Among those objecting on Twitter was the Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, who addressed the following question to Newsnight: “Why was racist analysis of Starkey unchallenged? What exactly are you trying to prove?” But was Starkey being racist? Or merely making a blunt yet legitimate Observation?

Articles in Defense of Starkey:

Was David Starkey being racist on Newsnight last night? By Toby Young (Telegraph)

You May Not Like It, But David Starkey Was Right by Jerry Hayes (Dale & Co)

David Starkey's Guide to Gangsters and Bling on Jamie’s Dream School Reality Show (NOTE : Longer Version Here):

Gangs, violence, bling; it's David Starkey's introduction to medieval history and how it relates to today’s world




A Politically Incorrect Outlook of a Similar

Legitimate Observation in France (where civil unrests

Rocked Paris in 2005)



French Comics «Les Inconnus» made a very similar observation as David Starkey did but back in the 1990's in this funny yet shrewd sketch about a French Teacher painstakingly trying to give a history lesson to pupils in a French Banlieu:

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by Darius Kadivar on

I agree 



by Truthseeker9 on

I read all your links and they are interesting, especially Toby Young's . Trouble is you can't say anything due to Political Correctness. I think he meant "gang culture" just as David Cameron was saying in the House of Commons. Trouble with Starkey is he doesn't take care with words, and now its a case of Shoot the Messenger.

Esfand Aashena

Darius jaan Ann Coulter is ALWAYS wrong!

by Esfand Aashena on

The only reason she says anything is to stir controversy and sell books!  Like many others, like Laura Ingram, she is the product of the Monica era and owes everything to Clinton otherwise no one would know or care who she was!

As far as white "becoming" black, first of all White were always better at milking Govt handouts.  Second the black riots were about race relations and not economics.  This is an economic riots so comparing it to black riots is not fair.

It's like when JJJ compares Crazy Horse with Chengis Khan or Saddam.  Why stop there why not compare him with Hitler?!  Would US ever build a monument for Hitler?!  You just can't compare anything to anything! 

Everything is sacred

Darius Kadivar

So ? Because she said it on O'Reilly it means she is wrong ?

by Darius Kadivar on

Esfand Aashena

Ann Coulter said the same thing on O'reilly the other night.

by Esfand Aashena on

She said riots are not necessarily all blacks which is what she's been saying all along and it has to do with giving free money to people.    

Everything is sacred

Darius Kadivar

Black Academic Tony Sewell Endorses David Starkey's Observations

by Darius Kadivar on

Don't howl Starkey down. Gangsta culture is a poison spreading among youths of all races by Tony Sewell

  Dr Tony Sewell is the director of the London based charity, Generating Genius, which aims to help children, in particular black and mixed-race boys from working class backgrounds, to achieve educational success and to go on to University.   More About him Here            



Related article in Support to Starkey:

Ìs David Starkey Racist ?  by Rod Liddle (The Spectator)


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If David Starkey is racist then so is everybody ...

by Darius Kadivar on

If David Starkey is racist then so is everybody – by  James Delingpole (Daily Telegraph)



"To pillory a man for pointing out such a glaringly obvious cultural fact just because he’s white and Right-wing would have been quite wrong even before the riots. Post riots it is positively obscene.

Not just obscene, in fact, but dangerous. Of course, we expect the BBC not to get it. Like the Guardian – and the Labour party – the BBC created the culture that led to these riots, so it’s hardly surprising if it carries on playing the old PC game like the 80s and 90s never went away. But if an up and coming member of Cameron’s Tories ( i.e: MP Louise Mensch who has been lynching Starkey as she lynched CNN's Piers Morgan in the Murdoch Tabloid Controversyhasn’t got the message then we seriously need to worry. The riots were a game changer. The decent majority of this country has moved on. If what David Starkey said was racist, then so are we all." 


David Starkey is demonizing the whole of black community ..

by reader1 on

... for action of a few Afro-Caribbean  looters .  If not black, he would have used the same principles to demonize any non-indigenous community for action of a tiny minority from that community - including the tiny Iranian community. He is a xenophobic historian of exceptional talent.