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The profitable business of dissing black people

BLASTED: David Starkey

DAVID STARKEY is evidently right. As racist as his infamous ‘the whites have become black’ rant was, if those exact words were uttered by a black person they would not cause much of an issue.

It makes absolutely no sense to criticise David Starkey for making racist and anti-black statements when his ideological forbears, the people who created the environment in which he can publicly insult black people and feel no need to apologise, are black, and to varying degrees, celebrated.

Case in point. The morning after the riots broke out in Tottenham, former teacher Katharine Birbalsingh wrote a piece in The Telegraph with the headline ‘These riots are about race. Why deny the facts?’

In her article she quickly concluded that as Mark Duggan (the slayed and slandered father of four) was black and, she assumed, the pre-riot protestors were black then the riots must have been about race. She goes on to say:

“No one would say the unsayable, that the rioters were, I suspect on the whole, black. When I saw the photo (of Mark Duggan), it confirmed what I knew instinctively: black youths once again have set London alight.”


COMMENTS: Katharine Birbalsingh

This is of course not true. But it proves one point: ascertaining and stating facts is not Katharine’s strong point. She does however excel in the craft of inciting and pandering to very blatant racists. Feel free to Google her.

However Katharine is far from alone. Another sizeable character in this game is Dr Tony Sewell.

Days after Starkey publicly urinated on the black community on Newsnight Katharine was on BBC Radio 5 Live defending her anti-Starkey position, a surprise given that she has an extensive catalogue of similar sentiment. During the interview she boomed: “Not one black commentator has come out to support Starkey. Not me, not Tony Sewell, not Lindsay Johns, not one.”

If only she had checked the Daily Mail that very morning she would have seen an article by one Tony Sewell, defending as Starkey put it, “the substance of what I said.”

Later on that day Nick Griffin took to Twitter to commend Sewell’s article in the Mail!

Self-described hip-hop intellectual Lindsay Johns is another example. Last time I saw his name pop up he was threatening to migrate to America in pursuit of an educated black middle-class (which he argued did not exist in the UK) so he could share his love of Medieval Latin poetry.

His formula is laughably simple. Whenever he writes I am certain of three things: it will refer to or be about race, he will talk black people down and he will play his trump card: “mentoring children in Peckham.”

Remember how you were told by your folks that in order to get anywhere in life you had to work twice as hard as your non-black counterpart? Well in order to be noticed in the right-wing media you have to be twice as right-wing too.

But in the same way you’ll occasionally see a brother or sister posturing in the office till 2am, it becomes quite ludicrously obvious when a person is playing the game a little too hard in the media too.

There is a gulf of difference between a conservative position and a racist one. Of course Birbalsingh and others know this but I suspect they also know that the more they cross the line the more they’re celebrated.

I also hope they know their words have consequences which are now coming to fruition.

Sadly, the paste has been squeezed and is out of the tube. Insulting black people and the dire consequences that go with it are quickly going from being politically unacceptable to expedient. And we have no one to blame but ourselves – especially those among us who let us down and talk us down.

People lucky enough to have public voices should consider it a duty to hold the power structure to account. But what happens when those public voices amongst us are selected directly by the prevailing power structure and those that truly represent public and community views are undermined? Answer: exactly what is happening.

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