Around the world
, Johnson, Britain’s gaffe-prone former foreign secretary
,has in the past caused raised eyebrows and outrage
with his outspoken comments.
But it is in Africa
, in particular, that he has shocked many with language
considered to be racist
Johnson, who was a member of the British
Parliament at the time
he made some of these comments in 2002, apologized while on the campaign trail for the London
Johnson said at the time that he “loathed and despised,” racism
as he stood for elections in one of the most multicultural cities
in the world.
“I do feel very sad
have been so offended by these words
and I’m sorry
that I’ve caused this offence,” he was quoted as saying in a local media report
at the time.
are some of Johnson’s comments about Africa.
Johnson made the remarks in an outlandish 2002 Daily Telegraph article
, where few people were spared.
‘Not in charge anymore’
In a Spectator 2002 column
titled, ‘Africa is a mess, but we can’t blame colonialism
,’ he wrote: “It is just not convincing, 40 years on, to blame Africa’s problems on the ‘lines on the map’, the arbitrary boundary-making of the men in sola topis.”
Writing in the same 2002 Spectator article
, he also described meeting some young children
with AIDS who performed a welcome song for Johnson and his group. He has come under fire
for his insensitive description of the children.
‘Flag waving piccaninnies’
Writing in his column in the Daily Telegraph
on former British Prime Minister
Tony Blair’s visits around the world, he used the term “piccaninnies,” which is a racist term used to describe black
Johnson wrote a column in the British Sun newspaper in 2016
questioning why former President Obama
removed a bust of Winston Churchill
from the Oval Office and attributed it to his “ancestral dislike.” The Obama
administration was forced to write a blog post to address several rumors
circulating about the bust’s removal.
With his unruly mop of white-blond hair
and bumbling personality
, Boris Johnson is not exactly a forgettable figure.
’s President Uhuru Kenyatta
struggled to recall his name during a joint news
conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May
went blank as he struggled to recall the former UK
’s name. He then referred to Johnson as “the bicycle guy.”
Because of their combative history
, May could be forgiven for indulging in a moment
of schadenfreude: Johnson had been one of her fiercest political rivals and he resigned from her Cabinet over disagreements over her Brexit
As he embarks on a post-Brexit world where shoring up trade
interests with Commonwealth countries will
be paramount, Britain’s next Prime Minister appears to have his work cut
out for him in impressing African