Historian David Starkey argues that riots in England are a result of “black culture”. He says it is not about skin color or race, but about culture. However, it is entirely about race. Not only is black culture with regards to the language, education, and music specifically rap as it is mention, equated with bad and negative connotations, but it continues to drive the argument of race. Starkey says “the whites have become black”, and this black culture is responsible for the riots.
He also argues that the “gangster culture” has become the “fashion” among white and black, boys and girls. His racist arguments only support the notion that the “war on race” is still very much apparent in society. Like Du Bois argued, the problem is the problem of the color line. It is not the people, or the culture, but specifically what is synonymous with black and white. As much as we think our society has evolved, we continue to hold negative racial distinctions. We continue to refer to blacks as “them”, associate “black culture” with criminality and whites as respectable people. Starkey controversial comments present the sad reality of the opinions many still hold today.