Black Culture to Blame for White Rioting. Oh Really?

August 16, 2011  |  

(The Root) — On BBC’s Newsnight, noted historian David Starkey rips into black culture as the cause of why whites were a part of the recent London riots, saying, “The whites have become black.” In the exchange, which features Starkey, author and scholar Dreda Say Mitchell and Chavsauthor Owen Jones, Starkey equates black culture with gangsterism. He takes aim at Jamaican immigrants for “intruding” on English culture and blames hip-hop for promoting rioting.  Mitchell challenges Starkey on homogenizing black culture and on blaming hip-hop culture, much of which promotes materialism, which is a distinctly upper-class pursuit. Owens chides Starkey for demonizing black and working-class youths by essentializing black culture. Owens also points out that 50 percent of black teens are unemployed, which might spur uprisings.

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