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Mary Rose Museum ‘appalled’ by David Starkey’s racist remarks as British historian steps down as trustee

David Starkey has stepped down as trustee of the Mary Rose Museum

The British historian David Starkey has been widely condemned for making racist comments about slavery and black people during an interview with a conservative YouTube channel.

Starkey, a prominent historian and broadcaster specialised in the Tudor period, told the pro-Brexit political campaigner and commentator Darren Grimes that “slavery was not genocide” because of the survival of “so many damn blacks in Africa or Britain”. He also criticised the “violence” and “victimhood” of the US Black Lives Matter protest movement and described moves to pull down statues as “deranged”. The episode of Grimess Reasoned channel, titled “Black Lives Matter Aims To Delegitimate British History”, aired on 30 June.

A raft of academic institutions have criticised Starkeys views and cut ties with the historian. The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, where Starkey has served as a trustee since 2008, said it was “appalled” by the slavery comments and has accepted his resignation from the board. Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge University announced today that Starkey has resigned “with immediate effect” from his honorary fellowship. Canterbury Christ Church University has terminated his visiting professorship, while Lancaster University says it has initiated a review of Starkeys status as an honorary graduate.

The Historical Association, a charity which researches and campaigns on UK history education, has withdrawn Starkeys Medlicott Medal for services to history, an honour awarded 20 years ago for hiRead More – Source

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