Starkey sparked outrage by declaring that slavery cannot be considered genocide because “so many damn blacks … survived.”
Good Morning Britain host Piers, 55, went wild against 75-year-old Starkey in a heavily-written tweet, writing, “Starkey’s disgusting racism, shamefully endorsed by a nodding dog @darrengrimes_. ”
Former Chancellor Sajid Javid also weighed in on Starkey’s “appalling views”, tweeting: “We are the most successful multiracial democracy in the world and we can be proud of it.
“But the racist comments by David Starkey (” so many damn blacks “) remind us of the appalling views that still exist. “
This comes after Starkey lost a book contract with Harper Collins, who had previously published several of his story texts.
A post on the company’s Twitter page reads: “The views expressed by David Starkey in his recent interview are abhorrent and we condemn them wholeheartedly.
“Our last book with the author dates back to 2010, and we will not be publishing other books with him
“We are reviewing his existing list in light of his comments and opinions. ”
He also risks losing many of his academic honors because of these remarks.
The directors of Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge, where Starkey is an honorary member, said they were re-examining his position.
In a statement, the college said, “We support and promote freedom of expression in our university community, but we have no tolerance for racism.
“Dr. David Starkey’s recent comments on slavery are untenable. ”
Starkey has since resigned from the board of directors of the Mary Rose Trust, the organization that handles the Tudor ship aboard the Mary Rose.
The organization said in a statement:
“However, we were dismayed to hear Dr. Starkey’s public comments on slavery today.
“Mary Rose Trust is a charity that exists for the benefit of all and we have zero tolerance for such comments. The board of directors of the Mary Rose Trust therefore accepted the resignation of Dr. Starke.
“The Mary Rose Trust will not make any further statements on this matter. ”
Speaking in an online program called Reasoned, Starkey was invited to express his thoughts on slavery and made a series of controversial comments.
He said, “Slavery wasn’t genocide or wouldn’t there be as many damn blacks in Africa or Britain? Many of them survived … ”
He then spoke about the links of slavery with the British Empire and globalization.
Starkey said, “There is no point in arguing against globalization or Western civilization – they are all products of it. We are all products of it.
“The honest teaching of the British Empire is like saying that it was the first key step in globalization.
“It was probably the most important moment in the history of mankind and it is always with us. Its consequences are still [felt] and in general, in most cases, really fruitful …
“The idea that slavery … is this kind of terrible disease and we dare not say its name, it dare not say its name [sic] because we settled it almost 200 years ago. ”