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A Black History Month website controlled by a white man featured taxpayer-funded adverts alongside claims that white people are the “genetically defective descendants of albino mutants”, a Telegraph investigation has found.
Adverts for organisations such as the police and MI6 ran alongside the anti-white propaganda, which also included the claim that a white man can “fantasise that he is genetically equal to the black male”.
The website removed some of the most problematic content after it was contacted by The Telegraph, amid fierce criticism from one of the founders of the Black History Month celebration.
The Black History Month website, which is linked to a magazine of the same name, is the first to appear in online searches for Black History Month and has included content by renowned black figures, as well as the leaders of all major political parties.
However, it is owned by a private business, controlled by Ian Thomas, an advertising executive, who set it up long after the annual celebration was established.
On Friday, Linda Bellos, who was instrumental in launching the Black History Month celebration in the UK in the late Eighties, compared the website’s white ownership to “enslavement”.
“The whole purpose of Black History Month is to empower us [black people] … I don’t want some white man, or even white woman, playing that role,” she said. “The taking of ideas, and indeed the taking of people, was done very successfully by the British, it is called enslavement. I am not talking about his motives, but I am talking about the outcome.”
Ms Bellos also condemned some of the content as “loopy” theories that should “absolutely not” be associated with Black History Month, which takes place in the UK every October.
Mr Thomas described the Black History Month celebration as a “grassroots” organisation, and his commercial website as the “glue” which had come on the back of a long history of working for racial equality.
He added: “I can’t help who I am [as a white man]. I just hope that there are people out there in the community that appreciate the work that I do.”
Mr Thomas said that the magazine and website had an editor, who decided what goes in them, but that he proof-read pages as the magazine’s managing editor and publisher.
He controls the website via a 70 per cent stake in SMM Media, which he set up in January last year with his business partner, Abdul Rob.
While Mr Rob defended their right to run the Black History Month website as a commercial enterprise, Mr Thomas said that SMM Media only covered its costs and that it may have been better as a charity.
Anti-white content removed
He admitted that some of the anti-white content highlighted by The Telegraph was “dreadful” and removed a series of articles that had pledged to “broadcast the theories” of controversial American psychiatrist Dr Frances Cress Welsing, following her “tragic” death in 2016.
These included claims that a white man giving “gifts of chocolate candy with nuts” for Valentine’s Day can “fantasise that he is genetically equal to the black male” when their “sweetheart” eats them, and that the Holocaust was carried out “to illustrate to all non-white ethnicities that they are in peril of extermination”.
Mr Thomas did not remove a 2020 opinion piece by the Reach Society, which said that “Europeans have been encouraged to be morally monstrous to non-Europeans for so long, this behaviour has become second nature”.
“They’re a really respected body and that’s their view,” he said.
Dr Dwain Neil, the chairman of the Reach Society, also defended the piece.
Government organisations did not comment on whether their taxpayer-funded adverts for bodies including the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ would be pulled.
The Crown Prosecution Service flip-flopped, initially vowing to have the adverts pulled but later reversing its decision.
“Racism of any kind is entirely unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.
A spokesman for Number 10 Downing Street said the Government “does not agree with the views put forward in the specific articles referenced” and that communications campaigns “are kept under regular review”.
The Liberal Democrats - whose leader Ed Davey featured on the website - said that it had supplied the statement with “no scrutiny of other content”.