“The blindness is fascinating.”
The blindness of Western citizens, that is.
You knew this was coming, didn'tcha?
The New York Times' Katrin Bennhold
pens a story on the "legacy of Rotherham" warning of the danger of… easy stereotypes and, indeed, indirectly calling for more laws and more repression for all citizens.
She starts off by linking the rapes of hundreds of teens by
untold numbers of Pakistanis
by untold numbers of Asians, reflecting at least some aspects of their Islamic culture, to the abuse perpetrated by BBC host Jimmy Savile (along with Rolf Harris, Max Clifford, and Stuart Hall), the work of a handful of members of the élite acting against
the values of their country's general culture.
In the process, Katrin Bennhold
gets into a talk about class warfare and decides that the point to remember about Rotherham was that the victims were among the low-status part of society.
This is all the same problem, you see.
there was abuse at the hands of a popular BBC host. There were scandals
at private schools and in the church and talk of a pedophile ring in
Parliament. Then there was Rotherham: over a thousand teenagers sexually
exploited as the authorities looked away.
the past two years, high-profile revelations of sexual abuse of
children have painted a picture of Britain as a place where such abuse
is not just endemic but systematically covered up — either because the
perpetrators are of the very highest status or because the victims are
of the very lowest.
are two lessons here, scholars and officials say. The first is that
sexual abuse is far more common than previously believed: Currently,
2,500 children in England have child protection plans because they are
deemed to be at risk of sexual abuse. But the police now speak publicly
of “tens of thousands” of victims a year.
second lesson is that the main driver of abuse is impunity: “Abuse
happens in a context of permissibility,” said Helen Beckett, an expert
on the subject at the University of Bedfordshire.
Of course, it is of vital importance that we learn that "Mr. Savile … was a friend of former
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher" (needless to say, how the strength of this friendship — two public figures smiling before the camera? — is judged is never established; nor, why the alleged friendship would matter in light — or in darkness — of Savile's hidden life).
Moreover, immediately afterwards (with only one
intervening sentence), we learn about "allegations that Cyril Smith, a
former member of
Parliament who died in 2010, abused boys in a care home in his
constituency." Notice that no party is given (Smith was of the Liberal
Party, in the British sense); color me paranoid, if you will, but it
would hardly surprise me if a left-leaning writer like a Times writer wouldn't mind if it were thought that one of the abusers was of the same party, or of the same bent, as the conservative Thatcher.
… Nothing, it seemed, could still shock this country — but in August an
outside report on the northern town of Rotherham exploded in the
headlines: At least 1,400 white girls had been abused, raped and
trafficked by groups of men, mostly of Pakistani heritage, from 1997 to
Notice how Katrin Bennhold
puts the actions of a handful of (very) bad apples — all members of the élite — on the same level as the scandal of mass rape in entire neighborhoods of a British town.
Bailey, the lead officer on child abuse for the Association of Chief
Police Officers, last week warned of “many more Rotherhams to come.”
abusers relied on powerful stereotypes, said Alexis Jay, the author of
the Rotherham report, most prominently the idea of lower-class girls
being problematic and promiscuous. The police routinely referred to
12-year-old victims as “prostitutes” or worse.
of course, another powerful stereotype risks taking hold: that of the
Asian perpetrator and the white victim. The legacy of Rotherham, Ms.
Beckett warned, must not be to replace one set of blinkers with another.
“If we focus too much on the race factor, we inadvertently give the
message that you don’t have to look at risk anywhere else,” she said.
See, folks. The problem is not rape. Or not only rape. It's stereotypes. Y'know, the thing that you clueless clods are so guilty of in everyday life.
Well, actually, yes, it's also rapes. And any one of you could have it happen to your child, just as you might potentially be a child rapist yourself.
So, let's take care of the rape factor, with more and more laws, more and more suspicion, and more and more repression on common citizens from a Western culture which does not support, and has never supported (well, not until the 1960s Sexual Revolution), child sex.
Having ascertained that, we all need to start on the next project: working against "powerful stereotypes" (tch, tch) as well.
blindness is fascinating,” said Ms. Berelowitz, adding that the same
was true for victims. “Ethnic minority victims are falling through the
concerns were echoed by Mr. Bailey, who warned that “an unhealthy
focus” on the Asian-on-white model of abuse overshadows the bigger
picture. “That bigger picture is that 90 percent of child sexual abuse takes place in the home,” he told The Guardian last week.
when it comes to child abuse, stereotypes die hard. “It’s easier to
report that a particular ethnic group is guilty or that victims are
troubled,” Ms. Beckett said. “No one wants to believe this could happen
to someone near them.”