HISTORIAN David Starkey has called for the Brecon Jazz Festival to be scrapped – amid fears the annual celebration of black American culture could bring London style riots to the sleepy market town.
Mr Starkey – who is in no way racist, he just spends his time reading Enoch Powell speeches – said the three day event, which culminates today, promotes a ‘violent destructive, nihilistic gangster culture’.
He called for the authorities to now ban the event, before the Mid Wales town becomes like a mini New Orleans with black men in trilby hats playing brass and string instruments on street corners.
The professor, who holds a doctorate in sensationalism, said the thousands of mostly white people who attend the event were turning black, culturally that is not physically (that would be racist).
“What has happened is that a substantial section of jazz fans have become black,” he told a BBC Newsnight discussion about the outbreak of rioting in England.
“The whites have become black. A particular sort of violent destructive, nihilistic gangster culture has become the fashion and black and white, boy and girl, operate in this language together.
“Its language which is wholly false, which is this American jive talking that has been intruded in England and that is why so many of us have this sense of literally a foreign country.
“It’s not skin colour, it’s cultural. You glorify jazz, it glorifies rioting on the streets. These are times when we need plain speaking. I think it’s done very considerable damage, this type of black mail culture mitigates against education. It’s time to drop it.”