Posted on 07/06/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A historian’s remarks on slavery have cost him a number of gigs.

David Starkey will no longer have books published through HarperCollins UK, reports the Guardian, after he said that “slavery was not genocide, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or in Britain, would there?”

HarperCollins had signed Starkey to a four-book deal, two of which have already come out; the Guardian says it is “understood” that HarperCollins won’t publish the other two, one of which was still listed as coming out in September.

A previous publisher also condemned Starkey’s comments and said it would certainly not partner with him in the future.

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