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9/2/2014

A Particular Kind Of Obscenity

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:51 am

[guest post by Dana]

I read about the horrendous child abuse situation in Rotherham last week and avoided posting about it because of the magnitude of awfulness. However, while the abuse is terrible, the situation also points to the inevitable consequences of political correctness run amok. Sadly, there are those who still won’t be able to put the pieces together and understand that this is what group think of the worst kind begets.

Last week a report revealed that at least 1,400 children had been subject to sexual torture in the northern England town of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. The perpetrators were mostly Pakistani men. Professor Alexis Jay’s report found cases of “children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone”.

Rotherham has a population of just 250,000. You would think during those 16 years of systematic sexual abuse that someone might have noticed or that some of the victims and their families would have come forward. And, in fact, many did. But authorities, following the “no loud denunciation” rule, largely ignored them. Aside from the jailing of five men for sexual offences against girls in 2010, the attacks just continued.

Denis MacShane, the Labour MP for Rotherham from 1994 to 2012, explained why: “There was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat, if I may put it like that. Perhaps, yes, as a true Guardian reader and liberal Leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.”

Nobody did. According to Professor Jay’s report: “Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”

You can read the rest, but suffice it to say, 1,400 children were sacrificed on the altar of political correctness because certain individuals did not want to be labeled “racist”, and instead preferred to protect the guilty.

And adding to the disgrace, media outlets are still tiptoeing around the blunt fact that it was Pakistani men who were the majority of perpetrators:

UK writer James Delingpole noted that a BBC item on the Rotherham outrage ran for 20 paragraphs before mentioning the ethnic identity of the perpetrators. Not to be outdone, a piece on the ABC’s AM program last week took 23 paragraphs before this line appeared: “Most of the offenders in Rotherham were from the town’s Pakistani community.” And there was this classic line from the Guardian: “The scale of the sexual exploitation revealed in the Jay inquiry is shocking, but let’s avoid racial stereotyping.”

This should be an enormous cautionary tale, but unfortunately it will be lost on people much in the same way as courage, bravery and righteousness.

And for those who actually spoke up, diversity training was the directive:

A researcher who raised the alarm over the sexual abuse of teenage girls in Rotherham more than a decade ago was sent on a ‘ethnicity and diversity course’ by child protection bosses who refused to act on her evidence.

The researcher, who was seconded to Rotherham council by the Home Office, was told she must “never, ever” again refer to the fact that the abusers were predominantly Asian men.

Speaking to the BBC’s Panorama programme under the condition of anonymity, the researcher said that she identified more 270 victims of trafficking and underage prostitution by mainly Muslim gangs in Rotherham.

Indeed, the council tried unsuccessfully to sack the researcher after she resisted pressure to change her findings.

Something to consider: As political correctness is clearly one of the West’s greatest points of weakness, it only goes to follow that as such, we have given our enemies a clear opening to leverage and exploit this flaw. And like England now, America has already seen the disastrous results. The question is, when will we learn?

–Dana

49 Responses to “A Particular Kind Of Obscenity”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  2. Sadly, Dana, I fear we won’t.

    I have feminist colleagues on campus who have defended genital mutilation as a “cultural practice,” and besides, we have a “rape culture” in America, so who are we to judge?

    I’m serious. I have heard it several times.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  3. Political Correctness is the Intellectual Left’s best line of defense against actually having to defend the consequences of their idiocies. They cannot abandon it without facing their own moral bankruptcy. Since they have used it for decades to avoid facing their complicity in the deaths of millions, what are 1400 more ruined lives?

    C. S. P. Schofield (e8b801)

  4. Ropelight, the legislature of the state of New York passed a law which said:

    > The opportunity to obtain education, the use of places of public accommodation and the ownership, use and occupancy of housing accommodations and commercial space without discrimination because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex or marital status, as specified in section two hundred ninety-six of this article, is hereby recognized as and declared to be a civil right.

    Under this law, refusing to offer me a service on the same basis that you’d offer the same service to a straight person, because of my sexual orientation, is a violation of my civil rights.

    Am I not allowed to use the courts to enforce that?

    [Note: I think the people who filed the complaint are assholes, and I would not pursue this matter if it were me, because at the end of the day, forcing someone who doesn't want to participate in my wedding to do so is way more harmful than it is helpful. But your blanket statement irks me; it seems to me that you're saying that even though the legislature has said that I have a right to not be treated differently in a commercial setting, it's wrong for me to seek to enforce that right.]

    aphrael (af3e66)

  5. Does anyone even consider the likelihood thast such things would provoke racism?

    Michael Ejercito (becea5)

  6. Ugh. Wrong thread!

    My apologies. Admins, please delete if you wish.

    aphrael (af3e66)

  7. the Left would rather be correct than right.

    they will still be denying reality when the headbanger slices their throat…

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  8. the irony is they do the law abiding immigrants no favors with this, some might even come to the conclusion thar Enoch Powell was right, which would be tragic,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  9. Sorry, Dana, but this is not mere “political correctness.” It is the media and “nuanced” elites who use political correctness liberally bash conservatives when it furthers their ideology, but blatantly ignore it when it furthers their ideology.

    For example – Donna Brazile, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, sarcastically tweets about Obama’s lack of strategy concerning ISIS: “I am just outraged that Obama hasn’t pasted together an #ISIS “strategy” to satisfy the craven political ravings of hillbillies yet.”
    Can you imagine some R tweeting: “I am just outraged that the Ferguson Police Department hasn’t pasted together a racial “strategy” to satisfy the craven political ravings of pickaninnies yet.”

    Walter Cronanty (b07329)

  10. The more you will you believe that to think something like this is a form of prejudice, the more it will be true.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  11. A researcher who raised the alarm over the sexual abuse of teenage girls in Rotherham more than a decade ago was sent on a ‘ethnicity and diversity course’ by child protection bosses who refused to act on her evidence.

    Here’s a suggestion: recruit sheriff’s deputies, give them a six course program in child development, abnormal psychology, and the sociology of family life, and fill out the rest of your personnel with people trained in clinical psychology and public health nursing. Then fire all the social workers, shut down their training programs, and dissolve their licensing boards.

    Art Deco (ee8de5)

  12. It’s not just in Rotherham – and even the NYT has noticed the “uncomfortable dimension” of this story: “It has highlighted another uncomfortable dimension of the issue, that of race relations in Britain. The victims identified in the report were all white, while the perpetrators were mostly of Pakistani heritage,… The same was true in recent prosecutions in Oxford, in southern England, and the northern towns of Oldham and Rochdale, where nine men of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Afghan origin were given long prison sentences in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls. Investigators in Scotland have reportedly uncovered a similar pattern of abuse.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/world/europe/reckoning-starts-in-britain-on-abuse-of-girls.html?smid=pl-share&_r=1
    Huh. I wonder why we’re just learning of this now.

    Walter Cronanty (b07329)

  13. We all know that the most important question to ask when investigating a rape is to ask “What color was the penis?”

    Dejectedhead (a094a6)

  14. Remember, Rotherham is the same place that took kids away from foster parents because they voted for the UKIP.

    JNorth (3adc09)

  15. I confess that I am uneasy about this story. IF true, then it is certainly an indictment of the PC and Multiculturalism swill so beloved of the Left. But is it true? There have been child abuse hysterias before. Often. And peoples’ lives have been destroyed by them. I believe that some of the scapegoats of the daycare/satanism hysterics of the 1980′s are still in jail.

    I’m reading a lot of wringing of hands and viewing-with-alarm. I’m not seeing a lot of scrutiny of actual evidence.

    In a sick way, I want this to be true. I have a real loathing for the Islamic culture’s treatment of women, and would like to rub the left’s collective node in it. But I want to be reasonably sure that this isn’t another case of recovered memory of alien abduction.

    C. S. P. Schofield (e8b801)

  16. “But is it true?”

    C. S. P. Schofield – I understand your concern, but the 1980s scandals here dealt with pre-school – kindergarten age children as I recall, while the current scandal is dealing with kids in their teens who have a completely different ability to testify.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  17. DIVERSITY!!

    Just because it is better…no matter what.

    On another topic, the federal government, courts and Governor Brown have conspired to spend millions advertising in Mexico for deported Mexicans to “come on back, we’re sorry for deporting you” – even if you are a convicted felon. DIVERSITY!!

    in_awe (7c859a)

  18. They are STILL tiptoeing around the issue that most of the victims were ethnic Britons. Because THAT would be REALLY racist and inflammatory.

    The next PM will be UKIP.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  19. the current scandal is dealing with kids in their teens who have a completely different ability to testify.

    Also, the parents who went to the police and were treated as racist scum and ignored.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  20. On Aug. 27, NPR’s “Morning Edition,” carried Report Details ‘Horrific Abuse’ Of Children In U.K. Town. It covered certain aspects of the story… while somehow neglecting to mention other key facts.

    NPR.org let some of my comments through. I noted:

    Following the NPR-PC stylebook, reporter Ari Shapiro buries certain details while eliding others. Halfway through this 4-minute segment, he mentions that the abusers are “of Pakistani descent.” (“Gee,” the alert listener might think. “I wonder if they’re Muslim?”) But Shapiro forgets to mention another key fact: the pimps targeted white girls.

    The site’s moderators had to shield the audience’s delicate eyes from others, such as when I wrote:

    Back in 2013, Steve Sailer suggested that this sorry episode could be seen as a clash of two cultures. The Pakistani immigrants’ is honor-based, clannish, patriarchal, and Muslim. They viewed the nominally-Christian, nuclear-family-based culture of poorer whites with puzzlement, then disdain.

    Strikingly, the Pakistani pimps and johns seem astonished that anybody would object to their behavior. If the girls’ parents cared about protecting their daughters, in their view, they would keep them locked up at home like good Muslims do.

    The pimps seemed convinced that since their victims’ families haven’t organized lethal vendettas against them like any honorable Pakistani family would, they must not have cared.

    Moreover, since the English people hadn’t carried out mass communal violence, such as burning down Pakistani neighborhoods in the time-honored South Asian manner, clearly they didn’t mind.

    And if the English government didn’t want Pakistanis to act Pakistani, they wouldn’t let them into England, now would they?

    Political correctness is alive and well in America’s state-sponsored media organs.

    AMac (09ac9e)

  21. Another comment that the NPR.org moderators removed from the thread referenced in #20, supra –

    See the post “Comprehensive Report on the Grooming Gangs”, detailing the investigations of Peter McLoughlin. His report is linked as a PDF. Section 6.2 — “This generic use of the word ‘Asian’ not only enabled Muslim criminal behaviour to be concealed amongst the law-abiding behaviour of Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists, but meant that Sikh and Hindu men would end up being associated with the criminal behaviour of Muslim men… Moreover, by commentators and pressure groups insisting that the issue involved ‘Asian’ rather than ‘Muslim’ gangs, it concealed what could turn out to be the specific motivation for this crime: Muslim culture and Islamic doctrine.” (page 206).

    McLoughlin documents that these Pakistani Muslim pimps and johns were grooming Sikh as well as white girls. The BBC and NPR may be admirably obtuse when it comes to the ethnic and religious characters of the criminals and their victims.

    This charming blind spot is not shared by the predators.

    At any given point during the years covered by the report, perhaps 6% to 15% of the white (or white and Sikh) teenaged girls were in Rotherham were being actively victimized (or had recently been so abused) (reasoning here). With the proportion that high, it’s fair to ask “what did they know and when did they know it?” Child protective services and the cops are being gently queried. What about the Pakistani Muslim community — what excuses their sixteen years of silence?

    Related: Peter Hitchins’ 2013 essay How I am partly to blame for Mass Immigration.

    AMac (09ac9e)

  22. As I commented on the other thread.
    For a society to work, there needs to be a shared morality of adequate clarity and strength,
    and any morality needs to be based on something,
    when you scrap what you have because you don’t like it,
    and aren’t sure what to replace it with except “do what we want”

    of logical necessity you will get a harmful mess.

    But no, they will likely not learn until it is worse and “too late”
    unless God grants another Great Awakening to intervene.
    Romans 1

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  23. I know it’s nowhere near the same level of evil, but this entire post reminds me of Reagan’s 11th commandment: thou shalt not speak ill of other republicans. Which naturally has given way to the amount of corruption and spinelessness embedded in today’s GOP, making them practically indistinguishable from Democrats.

    Chris (0ba377)

  24. The same could be said of the great blue wall insulating law enforcement from the consequences of the corrupt “few” giving all cops a bad name.

    Chris (0ba377)

  25. The more we believe that our culture is evil, the more we make it so by letting this crap happen.

    Amphipolis (d3e04f)

  26. However, while the abuse is terrible, the situation also points to the inevitable consequences of political correctness run

    I read the article in the New York Times today:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/world/europe/reckoning-starts-in-britain-on-abuse-of-girls.html

    And it looks to me that this is not explained by political correctness, but there must be corruption: blockquote> When she finally found the courage to tell her mother, just shy of her 14th birthday, two police officers came to collect the clothes as evidence, half a dozen bags of them.

    But a few days later, they called to say the bags had been lost.

    “All of them?” she remembers asking. A check was mailed, 140 pounds, or $232, for loss of property, and the family was discouraged from pressing charges. It was the girl’s word against that of the men. The case was closed.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  27. Also in the same article:

    Over time, investigators found, it evolved from personal gratification to a business opportunity for the men.

    Increasingly, the girls were shared not just among groups of men locally, but sold, or bartered for drugs or guns. They were driven to cities like Sheffield, Manchester and London, where groups of men raped them, sometimes overnight.

    When parents reported their daughters missing, it could take 24 hours for the police to turn up, Ms. Jay said. Some parents, if they called in repeatedly, were fined for wasting police time.

    This is NOT, I repeat NOT anything that can be explained by “political correctness.”

    The fact that they did not contact local Pakistani leaders for help in identifying gangs was just part of the corruption.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  28. From the daily tepegraoh article:

    Denis MacShane, the Labour MP for Rotherham from 1994 to 2012, explained why: “There was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat, if I may put it like that. Perhaps, yes, as a true Guardian reader and liberal Leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.”

    Baloney.

    People must have been on the take. They didn’t take police reports. They fined people for complaining to the police. They destroyed (or “lost”) evidence.

    Race or ethnicity was just a way of covering up the corruption and making people think it was something else.

    Don’t beleive this had anything to do with wanton “political correctness” except that it supplied a somewhat different explanation for what some people were told by their managers.

    There is some “political correctness” in the reporting of this, bit no way did this take place because of “political correctness”

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  29. The Pakis in Great Britain understand that the emasculated whites would not do what it took to ensure that these predators were punished and forever prevented from committing crimes ever again. 100 years ago Great Britons would have killed these predators out of hand and burnt the community to the ground. Now Great Britons just enable more rapes and trafficking from their guilt over having an overly civilized culture.

    And people say that standard capacity magazines haven’t any use…

    Iconoclast (3c0553)

  30. Dana, first we have to unlearn political correctness.

    htom (412a17)

  31. And then re-read Kipling, “The Grave of the Hundred Head”.

    Violence, it’s claimed, doesn’t teach anything. True. But it does get the offenders’ attention, after which learning is possible. Not certain, possible.

    htom (412a17)

  32. The men who did this, and those who covered for it, should be punished. I think a 5 minute head start would be abkut right.

    After they have been hamstrung.

    C. S. P. Schofield (e8b801)

  33. I was in Oxford in spring 2013 as the trial for the perpetrators of that sex/rape ring was getting underway. It was interesting reading the coverage of it in the media: the staid conservators of proper progressive thought were at pains to point out that while maybe some questions had gone unanswered for too long and perhaps some leads were not followed up upon very aggressively for fear of bringing offence (as the Brits spell it) to the Pakistani/Muslim community, overall we had to understand that the depravity of a few individuals in no way should cast dispersions upon the greater cultural mosaic that is modern Britain, blah, blah, blah. The tabloids, on the other hand, quite naturally played up the most sensationalistic aspects of the cases and continued to ask why the local police seemed so willing for years to ignore reports of rampant prostitution and sex slavery in that relatively small hamlet. Believe it or not, wikipedia actually as a pretty solid summation of those events.

    Now I ask you, which of the two types of newspaper seems most interested in protecting the most vulnerable members of society? Which of the two types of newspaper understands the dangers faced by young women in the modern era? (It should be noted that most victims of the sex rings are girls from broken homes who have been abused and have alcohol and drug problems.) Which of the two types of newspapers understands how a breakdown in traditional societal mores can lead to grave hazards?

    JVW (638245)

  34. Once you understand that the entire, sole purpose of political correctness is to destroy Western civilization it becomes clear.

    Sammy is wrong about the corruption. You don’t need corruption. You just need to know that the Pakistani Muslim rape gangs and the progressive left are on the same side.

    Steve57 (e0f6ab)

  35. Where is ghostofkeynes to lecture us on how to correctly interpret this story?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  36. Daleyrocks,

    Given the accuracy of the media the story seems… “incredible”

    However you can never count the PK’s out in these types of stories

    EPWJ (0c89e8)

  37. There was a similar story that occurred in the US recently, except it involved murder instead of rape.

    http://theothermccain.com/2014/08/23/islam-gay-murder-seattle-ali-muhammad-brown-terrorism/

    How was it similar? This:

    There is a conspiracy of silence, you see, which includes both gay activists in America and feminists in England, to suppress the brutal truth about Islamic jihad and what it really means. Why is this? Because the gay-rights movement and the feminist movement are both part of the progressive Left, which aims to destroy Western civilization — and Islam is their ally in that regard.

    Steve57 (e0f6ab)

  38. Islamic State Ummah Caliphate or shorter version #ISUC

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  39. Steve57 (e0f6ab) — 9/2/2014 @ 3:02 pm

    Sammy is wrong about the corruption. You don’t need corruption. You just need to know that the Pakistani Muslim rape gangs and the progressive left are on the same side.

    Were the police members of the left/liberal intellgensia?

    Maybe it helped a little that the city was run by Labour.

    Also, of course this happened because they came from Pakistan, and Pakistan, especially Karachi, is avery lawless place, and people from certain localities need very careful checking, and if they relied on the Pakistani police to tell them who was a criminal – that wouldn’t help with people who had experience in bribing or intimidating the police.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  40. 39. Just use the acronym: Daesh, which can be spelled I think a few ways.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  41. some might even come to the conclusion thar Enoch Powell was right, which would be tragic,

    Here is the text of the “Rivers of Blood” speech.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/3643826/Enoch-Powells-Rivers-of-Blood-speech.html

    Tell me which components are such that it would be ‘tragic’ if people subscribed to them.

    Art Deco (ee8de5)

  42. Sammy,

    I don’t believe anyone is saying that the acts themselves were the result of p.c., but that the ongoing abuse was a result of people unwilling to be labeled racist. IOW, it could have been stopped much sooner than it was.

    Also, Mark Steyn spoke to this as well: “Not every Muslim wants to chop your head off. Not every Muslim wants to ‘groom’ your 11-year-old daughter. But these pathologies nest within Islam, and thrive at the intersection of Islam and the west.”

    Also, you can see the directive given to the whistle blower to attend diversity training here.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  43. Michael Dougherty of The Week re: Prom Queen’s 0-fer Summer of Amnesty Reform:

    Obama can’t get the GOP to self-destruct or Democrats to fall in line. And he can’t get Democrats to fall enough in line behind an executive solution to make the GOP self-destruct. In other words, the Obama presidency is basically over. Hope it was good for you, too.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  44. The question is, when will we learn?

    When more and more people really do realize (and say loudly) that liberal biases do not imbue a person with great kindness, generosity, humaneness and compassion. The very fact that left-leaning emotions made people in a small town in Britain tolerate horrible, ruthless acts against innocent humans is merely one of many examples of the corrupt, contemptible nature of liberalism out there.

    Mark (c7cd77)

  45. The media would have no problem reporting this if these Pakistani men were Catholic priests

    Neo (d1c681)

  46. 43. Dana (4dbf62) — 9/2/2014 @ 4:37 pm

    Sammy,

    I don’t believe anyone is saying that the acts themselves were the result of p.c., but that the ongoing abuse was a result of people unwilling to be labeled racist.

    Some people are saying there is something in the culture of where the perpetrators came from that caused this, which is true and not true.

    The “rape of strangers” culture is also present in India, but it is mostly very recent.

    IOW, it could have been stopped much sooner than it was.

    Definitely, but it wasn’t p.c. that was stopping it, although p.c. arguments or explanations might have been used by some of the corrupt people in government to prevent others in government from interfering. This, of course, created a certain sense of hopelessness and fear of trouble on the job, and misdirected people as to what was causing the blind eyes.

    This reached an enormous scale. It became a business. Some people did complain.

    Parents, who complained repeatedly, were fined for wasting police time. Police reports were not taken. Evidence that was collected, went “missing.”

    And, also, people in government who started to complain were sent to “diversity training” classes.

    This wasn’t because covering things up believed in political correctness.

    A lot of people must have been bribed.

    Also, you can see the directive given to the whistle blower to attend diversity training here.

    That was part of the cover-up! Was there a better way of shutting her up??

    You know, when people who complain of wrongdoing in a bureacracy are sent to a psychiatrist, it is not because the people who do that really think the person needs a psychiatrist.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  47. Also, Mark Steyn spoke to this as well: “Not every Muslim wants to chop your head off. Not every Muslim wants to ‘groom’ your 11-year-old daughter. But these pathologies nest within Islam, and thrive at the intersection of Islam and the west.”

    Then why is it also a problem in India?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_in_India

    It is hard to tell, but it doesn’t seem to be only Moslems doing this, although that’s one important subset..

    The people in this case don’t seem to be Moslem, but it doesn’t tell us what they are:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Delhi_gang_rape

    Here is what looks like a Hindu rapist:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/controversial-indian-religious-leader-arrested-rape-charge-
    f8C11054309

    Here they won’t say what religion was involved, but village councils ordering something like this for sucha reason sound Moslem:

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/01/23/village-elders-ordered-13-men-to-gang-rape-woman-who-dated-man-from-different-religion-indian-police/

    I suspect there are several population subgroups that will encompass a very high percentage of these gang rapists.

    Of course even if this takes place with people who come from certain localities in both Pakistan and India, still there are other places where this doesn’t happen very much.

    This is not a problem in France or Italy, or Japan I think, so there is a relationship to background. Just not exactly Islam. And it may be something from the last 40 years or less.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

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