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  •  What an insult to actual historians (8+ / 0-)

    This disgusting vile piece of excrement is a white supremacist propagandist.  

    Historians are truth-tellers and activists who try to replace decades of brainwashing by people like Starkey with what actually happened and why we are where we are today.

    I don't know whether to be comforted or disappointed by the number of complaints to the BBC.  

    The BBC may not subscribe to excrement-boy's views, but the BBC staff is clearly riddled with its own "problems," evidenced by the Darcus Howe video that went viral last week.  

    •  I am much more cynical than you Seeta. I always (9+ / 0-)

      thought one of the jobs of the "historians" in academia was to indoctrinate us with the propaganda of the dominant culture.  Sorry if I'm sounding a little bitter tonite.

      •  Not bitter at all, I tend to agree with you (7+ / 0-)

        It is not merely "one of the jobs," but the primary job.  My GF is an actual historian, so I felt the need to speak up on behalf of folks who swim against the stream and struggle against decades of indoctrination.  She teaches African American history to college students in the Deep South.  I'm sure you can imagine the kind of hostile audience she must attempt to reach.

        She and others like her are the exception, I know.  Thus, I agree with you.  Not at all bitter.  Just the truth.

        I am reminded of this quote from Decolonizing Methodologies:

        "We assume that when ‘the truth comes out’ it will prove that what happened was wrong [...] and [...] the system will set things right. [...]  Wrong. [...] In fact history is mostly about power. It is the story of the powerful and how they became powerful, and then how they use their power to keep them in positions in which they can continue to dominate others." -- Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
    •  agreed completely seeta08 (6+ / 0-)

      there have been more complaints those were those they complained within a short period. I only saw the piece the next day when 2 friends sent it to me, so others may not have been watching and that may explain the lack of numbers complaining immediately following airing. The BBC has lots of problems, their coverage of this situation has been appalling and they have accepted the blame the poor and blame the blacks line and have been reporting it. You should see the right-wing press, it is disgusting ...

      "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

      by NY brit expat on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 05:41:29 PM PDT

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