Tory conference: Hip-hop Hamlet ‘racist and evil’

Teaching Shakespeare with a hip-hop soundtrack is patronising, evil and “viciously racist” to black pupils, the Tory Party conference has been told.

Youth mentor and writer Lindsay Johns, a guest speaker invited by Education Secretary Michael Gove, said teachers were “hell-bent on making everything cool or hip”.

They should “stop genuflecting at the altar of youth”, he said.

“Hamlet doesn’t need a hip-hop sound track for young people to enjoy it.”

Mr Johns added: “It’s been doing just fine for the last 400 years.”

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