Churchill was ‘clear racist’, claims black pro­fes­sor City aca­demic em­broiled in row af­ter as­tro­naut’s tweet

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Frances Kin­don Staff Re­porter

ABIRMINGHAM pro­fes­sor of black stud­ies has claimed wartime leader Sir Win­ston Churchill was a “clear racist”.

And Birm­ing­ham City Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor Ke­hinde An­drews claimed Bri­tain was “built on racism” in a heated de­bate with for­mer news­pa­per editor Piers Mor­gan on ITV’s Good Morn­ing Bri­tain on Wed­nes­day.

Mor­gan you live loathe?”

Mr An­drews also claimed “ev­ery­one in­volved in it prob­a­bly has a re­ally racist past”.

He also likened Churchill to Adolf Hitler for his treat­ment of In­di­ans when the coun­try en­dured a famine in 1943.

But Mor­gan told the pro­fes­sor he clearly “hates” Bri­tain.

“The his­tor­i­cal record here is clear,” Mr An­drews said. “Even Boris John­son ad­mit­ted that Win­ston hit in back with: a coun­try “Why do that you Churchill was racist. He be­lieved that the white race was su­pe­rior, that na­tives didn’t have right to their lands in the Amer­i­cas and that the In­di­ans were a ghastly peo­ple.”

Su­sanna Reid, Mor­gan’s co-host, at­tempted to defuse the row by ex­plain­ing Churchill could be viewed as a prod­uct of his time.

But Mr An­drews said: “That was the Jimmy Sav­ille de­fence, it was ‘that way back in the day...’

“Leo Amery, the Sec­re­tary of State for In­dia, said that Churchill’s views on In­dia were so ex­treme he couldn’t sep­a­rate them from Hitler’s.

“The truth is Hitler was a great mil­i­tary leader, a prod­uct of his time, and if they had won the war we would be hav­ing this same dis­cus­sion now.

“The fact of the mat­ter is that [Churchill’s] views led to three mil­lion peo­ple starv­ing to death in Ben­gal as he was more in­ter­ested in stock­pil­ing ra­tions for war.

“This is the prob­lem that Bri­tain has. The re­al­ity is that it’s built on racism and ev­ery­one in­volved in it prob­a­bly has a re­ally racist past.”

Mor­gan replied: “If it hadn’t been for Win­ston Churchill I think we prob­a­bly wouldn’t have the stom­ach to take on Hitler.

“He ral­lied ev­ery­one in this coun­try.

“Dur­ing the war, I gen­uinely be­lieve, that not­with­stand­ing his flaws which aren’t in dis­pute, he evolved as a man and be­came a won­der­ful leader of this coun­try.”

Mr An­drews has ten books over the past five years in­clud­ing Back to writ- Black : Retelling Black Rad­i­cal­ism for the 21st Cen­tury and Re­sist­ing Racism: Race, In­equal­ity and the Black Sup­ple­men­tary School Move­ment. He says British im­pe­ri­al­ism has ‘ru­ined’ many other parts of the world, in­clud­ing the Caribbean and Africa. The de­bate comes af­ter re­tired Amer­i­can as­tro­naut Scott Kelly apol- ogised on Twit­ter fol­low­ing crit­i­cism from some users for quot­ing Churchill in a pre­vi­ous tweet.

On Sun­day, Kelly wrote: “One of the great­est lead­ers of mod­ern times, Sir Win­ston Churchill said, ‘in vic­tory, mag­na­nim­ity’. I guess those days are over.”

Later that day, the Amer­i­can said he would ‘ed­u­cate him­self ’ on Churchill’s ‘atroc­i­ties and racist views’ fol­low­ing back­lash from the tweet.

But he also came un­der fire from oth­ers who ac­cused Kelly of cav­ing into a Twit­ter mob, which said Churchill was one of the great­est fig­ures in his­tory.

> Win­ston Churchill at his desk in the No 10 An­nexe Map Room, in May 1945

> Dr Ke­hinde An­drews

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