Thousands respond angrily to conservative presenter’s repeated question
LBC presenter Nick Ferrari has sparked a storm after demanding of black colleague Afua Hirsch, “Why do you stay in this country?”, after Hirsch dared to challenge the racism of historic British figures.
As ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests continue around the world and statues of characters associated with racism are brought down, such as slaver Edward Colston in Bristol and the ‘Butcher of the Congo’ Leopold II in Belgium, Hirsch suggested that the UK needed to look at “other hugely problematic figures we continue to glorify, such as Horatio Nelson, Cecil Rhodes and, yes, Winston Churchill”.
The look on the faces of the other protesters was a not very flattering picture – but Ferrari launched into an attack on Hirsch’s writings in which he challenged her to explain why she stayed in the UK if she was so offended.
After all, why should a black person be offended by historical racism, let alone dare to raise it as a topic for discussion?
Hirsch responded after the show on Twitter:
In the thousands of mostly supportive responses to her tweet were a number calling for Ferrari’s sacking:
It’s not the first time Ferrari has been involved in such controversy. The presenter was ‘censured’ in 2003 for alleged incitement
Mr Ferrari has been contacted for comment.
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