Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a former Green Party councillor has daubed the Charles Dickens museum with the words “Dickens Racist, Dickens Racist”. that he will make “no apology” for what he has done because the author was a “notorious genocidal racist”. Ian Driver from Kent, said he will make “no apology” for what he has done because the author was a “notorious genocidal racist”.
Mr Driver cited the famous character of Fagin in Oliver Twist as being an anti-Semitic stereotype.
The words were daubed on The Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs, Kent.
But, father of three Mr Driver told how he perceived this area of Kent to have an underbelly of racism.
Mr Driver said today: “I have been campaigning for quite a long time about what I regard to be institutional racism in Thanet and Broadstairs in particular.
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“The Broadstairs Folk Week allow, encourage and fund Morris dancers to black up but won’t do anything about it.
“I think it is quite demeaning towards black people and there is no justification for it.
“But after the Black Lives Matter protests and seeing people learn their local history like the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, I decided to do some digging into my hometown of 12 years.
“Charles Dickens is celebrated in Broadstairs like a local hero and money maker just because he wrote a few books here.
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“In reality, he was a notorious genocidal racist and should be depicted as such.
“That’s the real Dickens.”
The former councillor explained how Charles Dickens was an enthusiastic supporter of British Imperialism.
He said: “He supported the Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica in 1865.
“He also supported the suppression of the Indian rebellion in 1857 saying their race should be wiped out and also referred to black and Asian people as savages.
“There is no defending him yet there is a whole museum dedicated to him on my doorstep with no mention of his other life as a racist.
“The National Portrait Gallery even has a few paragraphs explaining this other side of history.
“I think it’s important to get both sides and a balanced view.”
Mr Driver said he had no regrets for what he did.
He announced on his blog that he would be making, “no apology”.
On his blog he added: “I will go to court and fight my case.
“If I had my way, the museum would be shut down.
“The council is not listening and has no intention of addressing these issues.
“I believe that Broadstairs is Racism-on-Sea.
“The Black Lives Matter campaign is uncovering history we shouldn’t be celebrating.
“Some of the things these people said and did would be appalling even in their own times, it’s not just outdated views.”