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‘Black men unfairly targeted in riot coverage’

RIOTS: A scene from violent disturbance in Tottenham, north London

BLACK MEN were unfairly targeted in media coverage of the recent UK riots, claimed a majority of readers who voted in our online poll.

Sixty-one percent felt that images of rioters and looters, caught up in the violent disturbances over UK last week, unfairly singled out black men.

These results come after BBC aired a controversial debate, which asked whether there was a ‘problem with young black men’ following violent disturbances, sparked by a riot in Tottenham, that brought parts of the UK to a standstill last week.

The discussion, on BBC World Radio, triggered several calls to The Voice, with angered readers saying they felt the discussion topic was “ignorant.”

“People are outraged because it is such an ignorant question. It is not a brilliant or even thought provoking debate,” one reader said.

The broadcaster released a statement apologising for the title of topic, but insisted that the debate was “a responsible attempt to debate social attitudes towards young black men”.

And just a few days ago (Aug 13) well-known historian and broadcaster David Starkey caused outrage for his comments on BBC TV where he blamed ‘black culture’ for turning white youngsters into looters

In a discussion on BBC2's Newsnight show, Starkey said he had been re-reading racist MP Enough Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ speech.

Starkey claimed: “The whites have become black. A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture has become the fashion.”

He added: “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.”

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