Rotherham, England: When political correctness becomes criminal
What do you call this other than criminal? What is the name for people refusing to prosecute crimes because they fear being labeled “racist?”
In nearly all cases highlighted in the report, there was a single overarching conclusion: The system had failed these children.
This is the dark history that Rotherham, a town in northern England of just over 250,000 people, must now contend with.
The report found that despite reports of a serious issue with child exploitation, senior managers in the town downplayed the issue.
When the victims reported similar descriptors of their abusers — “Asian” men — council officials feared being labeled as “racist” for highlighting the problem.
According to the report, most perpetrators were of Pakistani origin. Little effort was made to work with the Pakistani community to address the problem.
“Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so,” the report said.
While many of the victims were white British children, there were also Pakistani girls who were victimized.
Young white children were not the only victims. The failure to engage with the Pakistani community put young Pakistani girls at risk as well, the report found.
Girls of Pakistani heritage were sometimes lured outside the gates of their school by taxi drivers and older men who might sexually abuse them and traffic them to other men.
Pakistani women’s groups described the fear of reporting predators who would prey on young girls and pass their names on to other men, according to the report.
The voices of these women were not heard until it was too late.
“There was too much reliance by agencies on traditional community leaders such as elected members and imams as being the primary conduit of communication with the Pakistani-heritage community,” the report found.
Where were these children’s parents? Why didn’t they go outside the town’s authority over this abuse? 1,400 is a huge number of children. Are people really that afraid of reporting abuse from non-British people?
This story is one of the most tragic I have ever read. Wrong is wrong. I don’t care what the race or ethnicity of the perpetrator. The perpetrators need to go to jail. Those who failed the children need to step down immediately. Perhaps they need to face prosecution. The locality must compensate these victims even if it breaks the Bank of England.
These facts are perfect example of political correctness run amuck. There is a huge difference between speaking politely in public and allowing members of a minority community to commit violent, criminal acts on the children of a region. Shame shame shame on Rotherham.