It is Not racist to highlight this abuse
We might have hoped something was learned from the sickening scandal of abuse and depravity in Rotherham, but the telford story shows nothing has changed.
indeed, many still avoid the issue of paedophile gangs preying on young girls. People would much rather post a #metoo tweet and congratulate themselves for sharing a story of how their boss once touched their knee than tackle the thorny issue of what’s happening up and down the country to working- class white girls. Far easier to wear a black dress on the red carpet than use your celebrity to speak out for these voiceless girls being raped.
if we want to send a message that we won’t tolerate child sex abuse, we must crack down with unimaginable force on the likes of those abusing girls in telford and condemn them with one loud, unified voice. Yet i worry the questions raised by this are too challenging.
Children are abused by people from all sorts of walks of life, but it would be foolish not to understand there’s a cohort of men from certain ethnic minorities, in particular of Pakistani heritage, who view women in a different way from the rest of us.
Clearly, these men’s behaviour is not representative of their culture.
But these scandals emerge from social mores that endorse or turn a blind eye to female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour killings; a culture that believes because white women wear revealing clothes, they must be prostitutes; a culture that forbids women leading independent lives — or even learning english.
Like many doctors in inner-city hospitals, i’ve seen countless women able to communicate only through a relative who translates for them, subservient to their husbands, living lives of quiet desperation.
this is what provides the fertile grounds for these rape-gangs.
talking about these cultural differences — and accepting that it is not racist to point them out — is the first step in sending a clear message to the wicked minority in those communities who refuse to alter their behaviour or beliefs.