[Marxism] "Whites have become Bllack": BBC racism vs explosion

Fred Feldman ffeldman at verizon.net
Sat Aug 13 13:54:32 MDT 2011


I I have to admit that I am quite capable of  saying what the racist 
commentator and (?) historian was, no doubt correctly, quoted as saying 
in the quote below. Of course, my intention would have been to praise 
the whites who participated in coming forward to take more of their 
fair  share  in the fight .A step forward. I have always favored 
assimilation going in the opposite direction of that which is usually 
imperiously demanded,, and I  think there is a certain long-term  
tendency in this positive direction  -- certainly culturally but to some 
extent politically as well. I think the scumbag's comment reflects the 
actuality of this tendency, as well as his search for scapegoats.
Fred Feldman

Ben Quinn The Guardian, Saturday 13 August 2011 Article history\
David Starkey on UK riots: 'The whites have become black'.

The historian and broadcaster David Starkey has provoked a storm of 
criticism after claiming during a televised discussion about the riots 
that "the problem is that the whites have become black".

In an appearance on BBC2's Newsnight, Starkey spoke of "a profound 
cultural change" and said he had been re-reading Enoch Powell's rivers 
of blood speech.

"His prophesy was absolutely right in one sense. The Tiber did not foam 
with blood but flames lambent, they wrapped around Tottenham and wrapped 
around Clapham," he said.

"But it wasn't inter-community violence. This is where he was absolutely 
wrong." Gesturing towards one of the other guests, Owen Jones, who wrote 
Chavs: the Demonisation of the Working Classes, Starkey said: "What has 
happened is that a substantial section of the chavs that you wrote about 
have become black."

An outcry on Twitter began with the Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn asking the 
BBC: "Why was racist analysis of Starkey unchallenged? What exactly are 
you trying to prove?" A spokesman for Newsnight said: "I think that 
[presenter] Emily Maitlis very robustly challenged David Starkey.

"The two guests [Jones and the writer and education adviser Dreda Say 
Mitchell] that we had also quite clearly took issue with his comments."

Jones told the Guardian he believed Starkey's comments were "a 
career-ending moment". He said: "He tapped into racial prejudice at a 
time of national crisis. At other times, those comments would be 
inflammatory but they are downright dangerous in the current climate.

"I fear that some people will now say that David Starkey is right, and 
you could already see some of them on Twitter. I am worried about a 
backlash from the right and he will give legitimacy to those views in 
the minds of some." On the programme, Starkey said: "The whites have 
become black. A particular sort of violent destructive, nihilistic 
gangster culture has become the fashion and black and white boys and 
girls operate in this language together.

"This language which is wholly false, which is this Jamaican patois that 
has been intruded in England and that is why so many of us have this 
sense of literally of a foreign country."

The historian and broadcaster, whose historical documentaries on Channel 
4 about the Tudors established him as a household name, went on to 
name-check Tottenham's Labour MP: "Listen to David Lammy, an archetypal 
successful black man. If you turn the screen off so that you are 
listening to him on radio you would think he was white."

He was challenged by Mitchell, who ridiculed his theories about the 
speech patterns of young people.

"You keep talking David 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 ... thinking about ourselves not 
as individual communities ... as one community. We need to stop talking 
about them and us."

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