The Truth About The English Riots of 2011
After a local man was shot dead by police in London, angry protests erupted into violence and spread to several London boroughs. In the days that followed, thousands of people rioted in various towns and cities across England resulting in looting, arson and violent clashes with police.
In the wake of the countrywide rampage which caused the deaths of 5 people, respected British historian David Starkey appeared as a panelist on the BBC’s topical news program Newsnight. He was joined by figures from across the political spectrum to discuss the riots which had shocked the nation.
In a clear and thoughtful manner, Starkey calmly offered his honest assessment of the recent events with a erudition rarely seen in such emotionally charged environments. His comments were immediately met with a chorus of condemnation and saw Starkey branded a ‘racist’ in the media storm that followed.
Prominent public figures bridged the political divide to attack the popular historian in a seldom seen show of bipartisanship. And what was David Starkey’s crime? He spoke bluntly about the dire consequences we face as a result of the “profound cultural change” that has taken place in Britain.
To a stunned studio he proclaimed, “The whites have become black. A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic gangster culture has become the fashion. And black and white, boy and girl, operate in this language that is wholly false, a Jamaican patios. And this is why so many of us have this sense of literally living in a foreign country”.
The vitriolic reaction to Starkey’s remarks were devoid of substance or fact. Instead, his views were invariably described as being “offensive” and “inflammatory”. But amidst the furore was conservative writer James Delingpole, who defended the historian by stating, “The cultural point he is making is indisputable”.
He explains, “Listen to how white kids choose to speak in black street patois, how many white kids like to roll like pimps or perps with their Calvin’s pulled up to their midriff and their jean waistbands sagging below their buttocks. Is anyone seriously going to try to make the case that this isn’t black culture in excelsis?”.
For Starkey had rightly recognised the pernicious effect a particular type of black sub-culture is having on British society. The gang culture that pervades Afro-Caribbean communities is now a ubiquitous sight in traditionally white working-class areas throughout England.
It’s managed to infiltrate the areas of England left vulnerable by their socio-economic problems, where an underclass has been left feeling disenfranchised from society. This particular Afro-Caribbean gang culture has seduced the white working class with its unfiltered machismo, sexual bravado and it’s disregard for common decency.
Violent gangs have become substitute families for youths from broken homes, systematically hardening the hearts of an entire generation to the decadent behaviour that pervades gang culture. Their flagrant disregard for any form of authority has produced adults with a visible inability to control themselves and show self-restraint.
But as Starkey correctly points out, “One of the most striking things about the England riots is where they did not happen”. The rioting did not spread to deprived areas in the north-east of England or in Scotland and Wales. For in spite of their own social problems, these areas do not have large Afro-Caribbean communities.
In cities like Glasgow and Cardiff its common to see marauding feral gangs of adolescents decked in casual sportswear stalking the streets, thriving on the fear and intimidation they inflict on local residents. Like their black counterparts, they usually come from broken homes, have grown up in poverty and have an ‘anti-police’ mentality.
But while these thugs are a blight on civilised society, their behaviour lacks the unhinged violence and nihilistic brutality of black ghetto culture. As Starkey explains, “These areas (white-working class) are characterised by a powerful sense of regional or national identity which cuts across all classes and binds them together”.
And it’s this lack of integration that has left many people feeling as if they are strangers in their own country. The thug lifestyle exhibited by a worryingly growing number of young people is utterly incompatible with the Judea-Christian values which the United Kingdom and the western world, was founded upon.
But as Starkey can attest to, the recognition of these facts will have you called any number of vile names. The left have ignored these uncomfortable truths and successfully steered the debate towards issues like ‘income-inequality’, ‘white privilege’ and other distracting ‘social justice’ causes.
Political correctness has stifled any attempt to have an open an honest discussion about race or national identity, while politicians would rather indulge in shameless ‘virtue-signaling’ than address these serious issues. This results in a collective national denialism where our social problems are conveniently swept under the carpet and left unsolved.
And its the legacy of the reaction to the famous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech by the British politician Enoch Powell which casts a long and unfortunate shadow over the issue of race. As Starkey justly points out, “The subject has become unmentionable, by whites at any rate. And any breach has been punished by ostracism and worse”.
And he warns, “But this is only the beginning. The riots are the symptom of a profound rupture in our body politic and sense of national identity. If the rupture is not healed and a sense of common purpose recovered, they will recur – bigger, nastier and more frequently”.
The thousands of youths who tore through England in the aftermath of the police shooting in London had no connection or sense of solidarity to the man who had been killed. It was merely a pretense for thousands of would-be gangsters to indulge in their glamorous fantasy of the ‘thug life’.
And these terrible scenes of looting and violence will be repeated when the next excuse to riot occurs. As will the shameful rationalization from the self-appointed intellectuals who will decry any attempt by the likes of Starkey to try to accurately contextualize this serious issue that lurks ominously under the surface of British society.