British historian David Starkey tries to talk about the English Riots on the BBCs flagship current affairs program Newsnight. He’s never able to finish a point and is constantly talked over by two other debaters with no help from the chair. (NOTE: Only for UK viewers Full Version of the Program available here)
BBC’s Newsight on the 12th of August 2011:
Following the program Twitter erupted last night after David Starkey’s appearance on Newsnight. The general consensus was that he was guilty of racism. Among those objecting on Twitter was the Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, who addressed the following question to Newsnight: “Why was racist analysis of Starkey unchallenged? What exactly are you trying to prove?” But was Starkey being racist? Or merely making a blunt yet legitimate Observation?
French Comics «Les Inconnus» made a very similar observation as David Starkey did but back in the 1990’s in this funny yet shrewd sketch about a French Teacher painstakingly trying to give a history lesson to pupils in a French Banlieu: