Ex-advisor of paintings “the Dickens Racist” graffiti through the museum dedicated to the author


A former councillor has claimed responsibility for scrawling “Dickens Racist” through a museum dedicated to the famous author.Ian Driver, 53-year-old, was photographed daubing the points of interest in his home town of Broadstairs, Kent with the black paint and author Victorian Charles Dickens felt the weight of his anger.

He wore a denim jacket and cream shorts, as he took to the streets in the dead of the night, to campaign against what he claims is “institutionalized racism” in the city of seaside.

One of Ian’s target is to Dickens House Museum, and nearby, a sign of Dickens Road on Saturday evening.

Ian Driver has laid claim to the act of vandalism at the museum

It has censored the name of the road, and scrawling “Dickens racist, Dickens a racist” on the cottage which had originally inspired the home of Betsey Trotwood in his famous novel David Copperfield.

The white brick home, owned by Mary Pearson Strong, whom Dickens used to regularly take his son Charley to see for the tea and cakes in the lounge.

Today it houses the novelist’s Victorian writing box and mahogany sideboard, along with the letters he wrote about the region and the first editions of his novels.

Mr. Driver said that he has ” no regrets whatsoever “

The famous author has attended to the sea side town after his first visit in 1825, and later bought Bleak House, a seven bedroom Grade II listed manor house in the cliff, which is currently on sale for£2.5 million.

Broadstairs also has its own Dickens Festival every June, and some of the writer’s points of view have been classified as ” obsolete “.

Mr. the Driver, who was a Green Party councillor for four years, until 2015, said: “I have campaigned for quite a long time on what I consider to be institutional racism in Thanet and Broadstairs in particular.

Mr. Driver said that he expects officers to knock on the door ” one minute “

“The Broadstairs Folk Week allow, encourage and fund Morris dancers with black-but do not do something about it. I think it is quite humiliating to black people and there is no justification for it.

“But after the Black Lives Matter protests, and to see people learn their local history, like the statue of Edward Colston at Bristol, I decided to do some research in my hometown of 12 years.

“Charles Dickens is celebrated in Broadstairs as a local hero and a money maker just because he has written a few books here. In reality, he was a famous genocidal and racist, which should be presented as such. This is the real Dickens.

“He has taken charge of the Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica in 1865, the suppression of the Indian rebellion of 1857 say their race should be eliminated and also known as blacks and Asians as savages.

“It is not to defend him but there is a whole museum dedicated to him on the step of my door, without any mention of his other life as a racist.

“The National Portrait Gallery even has a few paragraphs explaining the other side of the story. I think it is important to have two sides, and a balanced perspective. ”

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But the father of three said he has “no regrets whatsoever” over the course of his demonstration and is expectingpolice agents knocking at the door of his Broadstairs home ” for a minute. ”

He added: “I’m going to go to court and fight my case. If I had my way, the museum has been closed.

“The council is not listening and does not intend to answer these questions. I think Broadstairs is the Racism-on-Sea.

The ” Black Lives Matter campaign is the discovery of the history, we should not be celebrating. Some of the things these people said and did would be appalling, even in their own time – this is not only outdated points of view. ”

The Oxford Dictionary of English Literature describes Dickens as ” nationalist “.

And in 1990, his biography of the Great expectations and hard Times novelist, Peter Ackroyd wrote: “In modern terminology Dickens was a “racist” of the most blatant kind, a fact that should give pause to those who persist in believing that he was necessarily the epitome of all that is decent and benign in the previous century. ”

Without a doubt, the most controversial piece of his work is the representation of Fagin in Oliver Twist, who is often referred to as “the Jew” in spite of the lack of other characters of the race or the religion to be emphasized.

In 1857 a letter about an uprising in India against the British Empire, Dickens has also expressed his desire to ” exterminate the race from the face of the earth “.


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