The devastating riots that took place in London have caused a great deal of chaos and upheaval amongst those who live in England. People are unsure of who to blame for these egregious acts of crime and many are in a constant search for answers. During the riots, many stores were looted, as buildings and cars were set on fire. A mass of people engaged in a number of violent acts, particularly against the police. It seems that the riots originated from the downfall in England’s economy which seemed to cause extra pressure and stress on those who were unable to get jobs, and who were suffering financially.
In an interview with David Starkey, he claims that the England riots are due to the “black culture.” He claims that the “white Chavs” are adopting certain behaviors from the black culture, and that this is the reason why these riots took place. As David Starkey claims this, he is basically stating that black culture is a criminal and violent culture, while white culture is a proper and respectable culture. David Starkey basically stated that the “whites are becoming blacks”, which equates the black race with criminal behavior.
David Starkey’s comments are related to Goffman’s ideas on stigma. David Starkey is applying a“discredited stigma” upon black people as a whole and their entire culture. He really believes the negative stereotype about black people which states that all black people are criminal and violent. The unfortunate part about this “discredited stigma” is that it causes black people to be judged in a certain way based on these false preconceived notions because of the color of their skin. Many people like Starkey, judge black people in this light, even if they have never committed a crime.
When Starkey and others choose to blame the black culture for these violent acts, it demonizes the black culture not allowing it to be celebrated or recognized for its great attributes to society as a whole. These comments that were made by Starkey are ignorant comments that are completely false in every way. I’m not completely certain on who are what is to blame for these violent riots. It may be due to a culture of crime that has formed overtime. However, I know that the black culture is not a criminal culture, and that it is unfair and unjust to blame these riots on the black culture.