"We cannot ignore that race played a part in these crimes," says Dan Hodges in the Daily Telegraph.
The abuse experienced by the children of Rotherham is beyond belief. Sexual abuse. Physical abuse. Psychological abuse. It is all laid out in brutal detail in the report by Alexis Jay.
But one equally vicious aspect of the assaults on these children is identified in a less explicit way. And that is the manner in which the vast majority of the Rotherham victims were also racially abused.
Ever since the first reports, and subsequent convictions, of so called “Asian grooming gangs” began to appear, a debate has opened up about how to confront the racial element of these crimes. It was inappropriate, many people argued, to explicitly describe them as “Asian” or “Muslim” gangs at all. Others said to even touch on the race of the perpetrators, or the victims, was to itself pander to racism. When I first heard the reports, I sympathised with this argument.
I was wrong. There is no longer any debate about what happened in Rotherham. A major British town was turned into a rape camp. The overwhelming majority of the abusers were Asian men, primarily of Pakistani descent. And their victims were overwhelmingly white girls.
The question now is - could the same thing happen in New Zealand?
The short answer is – yes, and that’s why we need to act now to make sure it never does. The danger that comes from rewriting history, hiding our heads in the sand and failing to act because of the fear of being labelled a ‘racist’ is even worse here. Already, people ‘bite their tongues’ and skirt the issues, rather than voice the realities of numerous NZ social situations.
The dominant Anglo Saxon cultural response of ‘not wishing to offend’ has fallen easy prey to the true racists in our society, those who profit from a worsening situation by broadening their job prospects and those who propagate a race-based future for our country. There will be no lasting solutions while the myths created by political correctness dominate our actions and policies. The anger and violence aimed at those who try to tell the truth are far greater and more insidious than the ‘crime’ of speaking out.
For a real-life example, take the time to read this. The writer was powerless to dissent from the race-based orthodoxy in his educational institution. Like the Inquisition it was repent or be excommunicated. In the long-term, unable to reconcile his integrity with kowtowing to an orthodoxy that flew in the face of all that he believed in, he voted with his feet and went into voluntary exile.
Is the future for New Zealand that we lose our brightest and best in educating our children? Race-based institutions undermine the very principles of ‘equality before the law’ and ‘freedom of speech’, themselves the bedrock of democracy. The rule of law is undermined when politically correct judges see nothing wrong in placing individuals above the law, so long as they are the privileged few from the right race (the recent case of the Maori King’s son).
And who will suffer when the inevitable outcome of this political correctness is a racially divided country? It will be the poor, the vulnerable and the very weakest in our society.
Back to Rotherham, Dan Hodges concludes:
We cannot just ignore racism because it doesn’t fit a neat binary perception of the victim being black and the perpetrator being white. When a Pakistani man calls a white child a “white bitch” because she tries to stop him raping her, that isn’t just horrific sexual abuse, it’s also horrific racial abuse.
Those who tried to cover up the racial aspect of these crimes did so because they feared giving “oxygen” to racists. But what kind of perversion is that? You counter racism by covering up racism?
For those who endured the abuse, the racial origin of their attacker will seem irrelevant. But as we’ve seen, it wasn’t irrelevant because it was their racial origin that contributed to the abuse continuing unchecked for so long. That’s why we must never again allow a situation to develop where racism is allowed to flourish simply because it challenges our conventional belief of what racism is.
The children of Rotherham were abused racially, as well as sexually, physically and psychologically. We don’t just have a right to say that, we have an obligation.