Jamaican Patois Gets A Starkey Slam


News Americas, LONDON, England, Mon. Aug. 15, 2011: British broadcaster and historian, David Starkey, may have outraged many with his comments on the “whites have become black” but missing in the dialogue was his dissing of Jamaican patois.

In commenting on last week’s riots in Britain, Starkey told BBC2’s Newsnight that “black and white, boy and girl, operate in this language together, this language which is wholly false, which is this Jamaican patois that’s been intruded in England, and this is why so many of us have this sense of literally a foreign country.”

The provocative commentator was immediately criticized by several British MPs as he blamed a “violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture” for what occurred in Britain.

Britian is home to millions of immigrants, including generations of Caribbean and espeically, Jamaican migrants.

Starkey also slammed David Lammy, the black Labour MP for Tottenham who is the son of son of Afro-Caribbean immigrants, stating that from listening to him, “You would think he was white.”