Was Dickens A Racist?

Here in the US we have gone batcrap crazy labeling this person or that a racist….especially some of our historic figures…..Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams and on and on…….

But I read that in the UK some are trying to label Charles Dickens, one of their greatest novelists, as a some sort of racist.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century and a world-historical literary and cultural figure. In the English language, he is perhaps second only to William Shakespeare in enduring significance and popularity.

His imperishable works include The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend and, of course, the novella that introduced the reading public to Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol.

In late June, the Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs, in East Kent, England, was vandalized by an individual who sprayed “Dickens Racist” on the building. The perpetrator, Ian Driver, is a former Green Party councillor.

Unrepentant, Driver subsequently indicated he targeted the museum because it represented “the deep-rooted institutional racism of Broadstairs Town and Thanet District councils.” In a statement, he deplored the celebration of “genocidal racists such as Charles Dickens and King Leopold of Belgium.”


If there are any UK residents that know more about this report…please share for us…..

I cannot see the necessity for this…..does that matter toward his genius in writing?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

14 thoughts on “Was Dickens A Racist?

  1. This didn’t make the news here, except in his local area. People have to start to face the facts that in the ‘old days’ almost everyone was racist; whether a famous novelist, or ragged-arse working man. They had not travelled, hardly met people from other countries, and only knew what they were told about colour and race. For the majority of the population of Europe and America before WW2, racism was a part of everyday life no different to washing, shaving, or getting up to go to work. I am not defending that, just stating an historical fact.
    But some people will not be satisfied until every white person is kneeling down and begging for forgiveness for something that they had no part in.

    Racism existed outside of white communities too of course, though nobody likes to talk about the inconvenient truth that different nationalities of black people were racist against each other, (Zulus enslaved large parts of Africa and killed tens of thousands of people) or that Arab people traded black and European slaves for centuries and regarded them as little more than livestock. Hindus and Muslims killed each other in India, (and still do) Japan treated Koreans and Chinese as less than human, and societies in Central America enslaved hundreds of thousands of people, even using them as human sacrifices to their gods. In the South Seas, some people bred others to use in a cannibalistic way as food. The Vikings had a slave culture, and occupied half of England for hundreds of years. Should I ask all the Danes and Swedes to apologise to me for what their ancestors did to mine? Shall I go to the Danish Embassy and paint ‘slavers’ on the wall? It gets more and more ridiculous every single day.
    But only white people are supposed to apologise? I refuse to take responsibility for something that happened in the 17th century, 18th century, or anytime before I was born.
    They are using ‘selective’ history to suit their own arguments.
    Sorry for the long comment, but as you can tell, I am pissed off by all this crap.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. It is a fact that while there are fine individuals among human populations, the average person is a blinking axxhole! This fixation on racism is ranging out of control in some respects, though I feel exposing the nasty underside of history and how it infected how we are today will either drive racism underground or help us each be a bit nicer to each other in future, and mean it. No, seriously! I hope itr is the latter.

    1. I feel that the politicians will see that it is silenced and driven underground if they get the chance…they are trying by the useless bills they are proposing that will do little to bring this debate out into the light. chuq

      1. I agree. There never is a problem they don’t try a quick fix on instead of looking deeper for root causes. Even when they do attempt to examine problems for deep roots (gun control, for example), the petty politics of lobbyists thwarts any real gains.

  3. I have nothing to say except that this is stupid. I’m guessing he’s being labeled as a “racist” simply because he was a white man. But maybe other people have more knowledge/perspective on this.

  4. I do remember reading Oliver Twist in high school and being taken aback by him labeling Fagin as Jewish ad nauseum. I chalked it up to him being a product of his times. I do think this is venturing into the realm of insanity. While I believe confederate statues and the like should never have been even put on public land and belong in museums, I don’t believe in the destruction that’s taking place, nor the sugarcoating of history. We should be learning from it. BTW, this story gives some more insight into Dickens. https://inews.co.uk/culture/Charles-dickens-racist-was-museum-broadstairs-kent-books-racism-459471

  5. Well, now an author – Dickens – who highlighted the plight of the poor in his novels is dragged through this race mud. People should be ashamed – yes, the English society in the 19th century WAS racist – it is a statement of fact.

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