Dr Starkey faces Met probe into ‘ race hate’

Daily Express - - CORONAVIRU­S: ECONOMIC IMPACT - By John Twomey

HIS­TO­RIAN David Starkey vowed to de­fend him­self “ro­bustly” as he re­vealed he is un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­legedly stir­ring up racial ha­tred.

Dr Starkey is be­ing probed fol­low­ing a con­tro­ver­sial YouTube in­ter­view with jour­nal­ist Dar­ren Grimes in June.

Ques­tioned about claims made by the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment, the his­to­rian said: “Slav­ery was not geno­cide, oth­er­wise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or Bri­tain, would there? An aw­ful lot of them sur­vived.”

Blun­der­ing

In a fu­ri­ous back­lash, the distin­guished aca­demic, au­thor and broad­caster was dropped by uni­ver­si­ties.

Dr Starkey, 75, un­re­servedly apol­o­gised for his “blun­der­ing” use of lan­guage.

He re­peated the apol­ogy yes­ter­day as he re­vealed he has re­ceived an email from the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice.

Dr Starkey said in a state­ment: “I have apol­o­gised un­re­servedly for the words used and I do so again to­day.

“It was a se­ri­ous er­ror for which I have al­ready paid a sig­nif­i­cant price.”

Mr Grimes, 27, was sent a sim­i­lar email from the Met last week. He said the po­lice in­quiry had “se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions for free­dom of ex­pres­sion”.

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