Having looked at various comments on national newspaper sites about the comments of David Starkey, I have found that I am by no means a minority in what I believe. What Starkey said was indeed shocking, but not racist. When was the last time we heard an educated professional say the kinds of things he did on national TV? It’s rare. When we are shocked by things it naturally provokes an unnatural reaction: everyone became defensive, went on the attack and called him racist.
One of the main problems with our society, and religion for that matter, is that everybody interprets things from their own narrow frame of references and perspectives and hardly ever look at the whole picture. We need to transcend our narrow perspectives and not look at things so literally.
Starkey clearly said it has nothing to do with “skin colour” but was about a particular “culture”. He’s right. The culture he was talking about here is the egotistic, materialistic and gangster culture endemic within much of our society. The behaviour and language of many white people has been adopted from a PARTICULAR black culture. This particular black culture is endemic within the rap/hip hop subculture which espouses messages of violence and materialism. Were white people the pioneers and original hip hop superstars?
Starkey also said that if we were to turn the TV off, we might think that David Lammy, MP, was white. If he wasn’t interrupted so frequently he might have further explained that what he meant (I think) was that you can’t tell the difference when an educated white or black person speaks.
When white people talk in a certain way, for example, ‘man is gona do him a ting’ why do people think to themselves: why is he trying to act black? Why? Where has that white person got that language from? Other white people? This is the point Starkey was trying to make.
Maybe he was trying to be racist. But I don’t think he was. And anyway nobody should dare accuse me of anything when my best friend (well joint best friend, I have a few best friends) is black, when I went to sixth form (a 85% white school) most of my friends were black, and I’ve got Jamaican in me. I will be the first to stand up for black people if they are being attacked or victimised, but in this case, I think people got the wrong end of the stick.