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The silence that hurts us-Speak out. Get issues off your back.

Updated on September 29, 2011

Bankers are the real looters

London protesters hold up signs pointing to the problems faced by Londoners
London protesters hold up signs pointing to the problems faced by Londoners | Source

The foundation

This article is inspired by some statements that came out of commentaries by those in charge after the 2011 London riots. The youth are being blamed for thuggery, in most cases rightfully so. In other cases, there is a lot to be accounted for by the parents when a generation turns out the way it does. The powers that be also have major socio-economic issues, if a section of the population resorts to looting for any reason. All behaviour has a cause. As Einstein said, to paraphrase him, every action has an equally powerful and opposite reaction.


Speak out

Part of speaking out involves the active reception of the message. If the message fails to get a response. SO the aspect of speaking out is bi-directional. There is the speaker and the listener. The listener then becomes the speaker when giving a response. In both cases there is a need to hear and to be heard.The break down of this dialogue leads to trouble.


Where words fail

The unheard voice breeds protest which may lead to revolution.London peaceful protesters in Hackney. August 2011 after the riots sparked off by the Police shooting of Mark Duggan
The unheard voice breeds protest which may lead to revolution.London peaceful protesters in Hackney. August 2011 after the riots sparked off by the Police shooting of Mark Duggan | Source

David Starkeys infamous comments-"The whites have become black"

"The Whites have become black"

The Historian, David Starkey shocked most of Britain and certainly offended people ,both black and white.He remarked that the white people had become black, that is why the riots were all about looting and criminality. I was utterly shocked by his statement, as were the panelists he was in discussion with. Ed Milliband put down Starkey's comments as blatant racism.

Below is the full video from BBC and below that is a response from an African comedian living in Britain.

I would love to hear what you think about these remarks and the status of race relations where you are. Let us talk about it and move forward.

Nabil Abdul Rashid (Comedian) Responds to David Starkey "Whites Have become Black"

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    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Laura.Thanks for passing through

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      Laura Matkin 

      6 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

      Typical politician, blaming his problems on someone else. At least he was speaking his mind even if he was ignorant and misguided. Great Hub

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @sam-eg. Thanks for passing by. I am glad you found the message useful

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      sam-eg 

      6 years ago from Happy Land

      Another catchy title , you really know how to attract the audience and you are a great writer and you are sending a wonderful MSG through your hub here

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Sunny Day. Thank you for your thoughtful words on this sensitive subject.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Racism is still alive and well... a universal travesty. It will be until the end of time. The only thing we can do is be stronger and continue to call people on the carpet for their ignorance. It hurts and no one is judged by their culture or color of their skin. It is the heart that matters and what comes out of the mouth. Thank you for letting us share.

      Sunnie

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @cooldad. Thanks for passing by.It is sad to see an esteemed historian speak so offensively.

      I cannot believe they let him speak in public.

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      cooldad 

      6 years ago from Florida

      wow, I need to watch BBC more often. I'm as white as they come and that guy is a racist. He absolutely gave the impression that black people are associated with criminality and now the whites have become like the blacks he speaks of. Ridiculous. He did glaze over a truth though that I have been recognizing in America for some time now.

      The culture in America has turned closer towards Hip-hop than I can ever remember. When I was a kid, I used to listen to NWA on my Sony Walkman and hid it from my parents because they would not approve. Now today, my children listen to a mix of artists, from whites to black, to Jamaican, etc. Culturally, we have evolved to better understand how different people are and we are learning to embrace those differences.

      When I see a "proper" British historian like Starkey above, I always wonder if they have some poor, little Filipino boy locked in a closet wearing a leather ball-gag. What an idiot. I look forward to the day when we are all one shade of brown.

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Lady_E. He is just such a miss informed man! Thanks for passing by

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      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting and thought provoking. Seems like David S doesn't have his head screwed on properly....generalising and giving people wrong perception of others.... I wonder if he has kids....

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Justom - Good to see you hear. Thanks for your contribution.

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      justom 

      6 years ago from 41042

      It's just bullshit Victor! I also will take exception to what diogenes says "Apart from the blatant racism (which we're all guilty of in speech or thought sometimes)? That's bullshit too man, I've NEVER been guilty of that in thought or actions. In fact his whole rant sounds suspect to me. Great hub, I'm just getting caught up from my vacation and I think I've missed a few of your hubs. I'm tryin' Peace!! Tom

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @ Detxer. Thats right, at-least we know where David Starkey stands!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Alladream! You have brought an interesting topic to the forefront with your hub.

      While it is a shame that Mr. Starkey made the negative comment, I have come to learn that it is better to know who your enemy is by virtue of their loose tongue. The people that hide their negative words behind so-called friendly smiles are the ones to be most concerned about.

      You hit a homerun with this hub!

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @diogenes. Yes I agree. I think the idea of admiring black culture and emulating it from a "fashion-in thing "perspective has the detrimental effect of over looking the values of that culture. David Starkey is way off track when he associates "black" culture with looting.

      It is a shame to see him being billed as a Historian when he can not hold back and evaluate his judgement based on the history of Britain as a looting and plundering nation.

      It is this denial that causes friction in society. We have all wronged someone somehow but to then go out and blame a culture as a whole is utter and complete bollocks.

      Thanks for your point of view Bob.

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      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      LIved through all this wid ya. Apart from the blatant racism (which we're all guilty of in speech or thought sometimes)there is a lot of truth in the fact that young white youths from poor backgrounds admire and emulate much of ghetto African American, or Caribbean Negro mannerisms, music and style. It's cool, or so they think. What that has to do with looting I don't understand. Racist remarks from people in the public eye are never helpful and only said to get the speaker attention or votes...Bob

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Flora. I hear you! I had to hold back on this one too!

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      6 years ago

      I'd like to tell you what I think of this so called newsman. But I'm a lady.

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