British historian and television presenter David Starkey has given up his honorary scholarship at a college at Cambridge University after having sparked outrage for his comments on blacks and whether slavery should be considered genocide .
Starkey said in an interview for a YouTube program published online Tuesday: “Slavery was not genocide, otherwise there would not be as many blacks in Africa or Britain, would you ? “
“Many of them have survived and again, there is no point in arguing against globalization or Western civilization. They are all products of it, we are all products of it, ”he added.
These remarks prompted Sajid Javid – a former finance and interior minister who explained how his Pakistani father was discriminated against after arriving in Britain – to call racist Starkey.
“We are the most successful multiracial democracy in the world and we can be proud of it,” Javid tweeted on Thursday.
“But the racist comments by David Starkey (” so many damn blacks “) remind us of the appalling views that still exist. “
We are the most successful multiracial democracy in the world and we can be proud of it. But David Starkey’s racist comments (“so many damn blacks”) remind us of the appalling views that still exist.
– Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) 2 juillet 2020
Javid’s tweet was picked up by the British media and Cambridge University’s Fritzwilliam College accepted Starkey’s resignation on Friday.
The director of Fitzwilliam College contacted the historian following his comments on the Reasoned UK YouTube channel.
He issued a statement saying that although Starkey did not hold a teaching position, honorary fellows have the same responsibility as all members of the college to uphold his values.
“Fitzwilliam is proud to lead the way in Cambridge by opening up higher education to under-represented groups,” said the statement. “Our student and university bodies are diverse and welcoming to everyone. We do not tolerate racism. “
If you think that saying “slavery was not genocide because there are so many blacks today” is not racist, imagine David Starkey said “the Holocaust was not genocide because that there are still Jews around ”. It’s a shame.
– Hasan Patel 🌹 (@CorbynistaTeen) July 2, 2020
Others associated with the historian quickly moved away from him. Its publisher, Harper Collins, said it would not publish future Starkey books and that the people at the company “wholeheartedly condemn” the “heinous” remarks he made in the interview.
“Our last book with the author dates back to 2010, and we will not be publishing any other books with him,” he said.
“We are reviewing his existing list in light of his comments and opinions. “
Canterbury Christ Church University also ended Starkey’s role as a visiting professor, saying his comments were “totally unacceptable”.
In the interview, Starkey also said that “honest teaching” of the British Empire would characterize the territories claimed by Great Britain as colonies and protectorates as “the first key step in our globalization. It is probably the most important moment in human history and it is always with us. “
Starkey, a well-known television personality in Britain, has published more than 20 books, including many on the Tudors.
I cannot speak for my employer, but as a history professor at Cambridge, I am ashamed of our relationship with David Starkey and I urge the University and Fitzwilliam College to sever all ties with him. pic.twitter.com/maumGQxeTV
– Nicholas Guyatt (@NicholasGuyatt) 2 juillet 2020
Darren Grimes, the right commentator who conducted the interview with Starkey, look for dissociate from the historian’s remarks.
“Hand on heart, I was not engaged enough in this interview as I should have been,” Grimes said in a statement.
“I should have questioned Dr. Starkey firmly about his comments. “