Just days after Mr Nick Griffin labeled the white rioters as wiggers, David Starkey, a well-known British historian, claimed on the BBC Newsnight programme that "the whites have become black" is to blame for the recent riots in England.
There were so many ridiculously misinformed and racist views expressed by Mr Starkey, e.g. his sweeping statement about what he called rap (unsurprisingly, when challenged, his lack of hiphop knowledge was quickly exposed, please Mr Starkey, go and listen to KRS-One, go and listen to Mos Def & Kweli), his rant about Jamaican patois as a "false" language, not to mention his insightful analysis of Enoch Powell's River of Blood speech. The list would go on forever.
What really made my jaw drop was his attempt to justify his view as one based on culture, and not colour. At around 1:55 in the video, he went, "Listen to David Lammy. An archetypical successful black man. If you turned the screen off, so you were listening to him on the radio you’d think he was white". I had to think twice to make sure that I was not interpreting Mr Starkey's remark out of context, but this really is no different from saying, "look I am not a racist - I have a black mate (who happens to be culturally a bit white)".
I don't claim to understand the intricate working of this society, and I certainly do not condone the riots nor the gang culture, but Mr Starkey, I can tell you that one of the undeniable causes of what has been happening is the widening gap between the greater society and the ruling class members - people, I dare say, not too dissimilar to yourself.
Two twitter reactions the following day:
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
After four terrible nights of rioting and looting, no doubt most Londoners are reflecting on what has easily been London's saddest chapter in recent history. I came across this tweet (see screenshot) by none other than Mr Nick Griffin, the chairman of the racist British National Party. Yes, I would quite openly label them as racists.
When I saw Mr Griffin using the word "wiggers" in his tweet, I didn't really know whether to laugh or to cry. Is this the voice of the most confused man in Britain?
A riot supposedly kick-started by the death of a black man, spreading like wildfire in predominantly black/multi-racial neighbourhoods in London (I am a proud Lewisham resident myself), what a golden opinion for Mr Griffin to preach his twisted politics. Oh wait, there is a white face caught on camera carrying looted items. Ah, no problem, it is blatantly his black friend's fault that this white person decided to join in. I am just going to tweet about these wiggers. Shame on the blacks (and the wiggers).
Shame on you Mr Griffin (and shame on all you scumbag looters, troublemakers too). This is NOT a race war. This is a class war. We are talking about failure in parenting. We are talking about a failing system. Stop inflicting racial tension. Most Londoners are proud of its cultural diversity.
P.S. Why did Mr Griffin not use the N word? Why not niggers and wiggers? Maybe he is making a very clever point here: why is it socially acceptable to use the word "wigger", but absolutely not the word "nigger"? Umm... perhaps not...