Disgraced historian David Starkey is dropped by publisher over racist slavery comments

David Starkey, author and historian, made racist remarks about slavery.

(CNN)The British historian David Starkey has been dropped by his publisher and has resigned from an honorary position at a Cambridge University college after making racist remarks about slavery.

Starkey, who specializes in history from the Tudor period and and has a reputation as a provocateur, faced widespread condemnation for using derogatory language about Black people in an online interview with conservative commentator Darren Grimes.
In the interview, which ranged from the Black Lives Matter movement to globalization and whether White privilege exists, Starkey said: "Slavery was not genocide -- otherwise there wouldn't be so many damn Blacks in Africa or in Britain, would there? An awful lot of them survived."
    "...And as for the idea that slavery is this kind of terrible disease that dare not speak its name -- it only dare not speak its name, Darren, because we settled it nearly 200 years ago."
    Apparently comparing slavery to the struggle of Catholics in British history, he added: "We don't normally go on about the fact that Roman Catholics once upon a time didn't have the vote and weren't allowed to have their own churches because we had Catholic emancipation."
    "And do you know what -- we had Catholic emancipation at pretty much exactly the same time that we got rid of slavery in the 1830s. We don't go on about that because it's part of history, it's a question that's settled."
    The interview, which was uploaded to YouTube on June 30, prompted widespread criticism on social media. Sajid Javid, a Conservative member of Parliament and former UK finance minister, called Starkey's comments racist.
    "We are the most successful multi-racial democracy in the world and have much to be proud of. But David Starkey's racist comments ("so many damn blacks") are a reminder of the appalling views that still exist," Javid said in a tweet on Thursday.
    CNN contacted Starkey for comment but he had not replied by the time of publication.
    Grimes promoted a link to the video on June 30 and referred to Starkey as a hero. "They say never to meet your heroes, well, I virtually met one of mine and it was bloody fantastic," he wrote on Twitter.
    After widespread criticism of the interview, carried out for his Reasoned UK platform, Grimes posted again on Thursday, conceding he had not been as "engaged" as he ought to have been during the encounter. Grimes said should have "robustly questioned" Starkey about his comments. "It goes without saying that Reasoned UK does not support or condone Dr David Starkey's words," he said.
    Fitzwilliam College, part of Cambridge University, confirmed on Friday that, after contacting Starkey, it had "accepted Dr David Starkey's resignation of his Honorary Fellowship with immediate effect."
    In a statement on Friday, the college said: "Our student and academic bodies are diverse and welcoming to all. We do not tolerate racism. Although Dr Starkey holds no teaching role at Fitzwilliam, Honorary Fellows have the same responsibility as all members of our College to uphold our values."