Rotherham Abuse Didn’t Happen Because of Political Correctness. It Happened Because of Racism

Dan Hodges, Telegraph, December 5, 2015

This morning–as the nation is again forced to digest the full, grotesque, horror of the events in Rotherham–a well-worn phrase is doing the rounds. Political correctness.

The Telegraphs’ own report details how “Misplaced political correctness by Rotherham’s Labour led council combined with a staggering culture of denial allowed more than 1,400 vulnerable girls to be routinely abused by gangs of Asian men, a withering report has concluded”. This is based on the Casey report’s finding that “The council’s culture is unhealthy: bullying, sexism, suppression and misplaced ‘political correctness’ have cemented its failures”.

That finding is wrong. The abused children of Rotherham were not the victims of political correctness. They were the victims of racism.

My political consciousness is very much a product of the PC age. I grew up with all the urban legends. The subliminal racism of black binliners. The sexism of the Famous Five. Tufty the Squirrel’s elitism. And I laughed at the foolishness of it, along with everyone else.

But I also cringed at the casual “mind your language” style racism and sexism prevalent at that time. And I was glad that it was finally becoming socially unacceptable to hide prejudice behind a veneer of humour.

The leaders and officers of Rotherham council were not banning binliners. Or removing Enid Blyton from their libraries. They were standing back and watching while children were raped, abducted, beaten and trafficked around the country as sex slaves. And they were standing back because the victims were white and the rapists were not.

Even now–despite everything we have seen and everything we have read and everything we have heard–there is an unwillingness to accept that fact.

Race, the central factor in everything that occurred in Rotherham, is still being brushed under the carpet.

The Casey report refers to the perpetrators of the crimes in Rotherham as predominately “Pakistani heritage men”. The Jay report, which preceded it, stated: “They were described generically in the files as ‘Asian males’ without precise reference being made to their ethnicity”. But whichever definition you use, Jay was clear. “The majority of the perpetrators were from minority ethnic communities”.

The victims weren’t. They were white. Jay again: “most of the victims in the cases we sampled were white British children”. And they were targeted deliberately because they were white.

It’s now four years since Jack Straw stood up and said there was a “specific problem” in some areas of the country where Pakistani men “target vulnerable young white girls”. White girls were, he said, viewed as “easy meat”.

At that time he was pilloried for his comments. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs select committee said it was wrong to “stereotype a whole community”. “What you can do”, he said, “is look at the facts of these national cases, give it to an agency, make a proper investigation”.

Well now we’ve had that investigation. Several investigations, actually. And they’ve proved Jack Straw was right. White girls were being targeted on the basis of their race. Significant numbers of Pakistani men did indeed view them as “easy meat”.

But still we won’t brand that racism. Indeed, we do the opposite.

The Casey report said that staff at the council did not act on the reports of systemic child abuse “for fear of appearing racist”. This echoes what the Jay report found in other agencies, in particular the police. “Young people in Rotherham believed at that time that the Police dared not act against Asian youths for fear of allegations of racism”, she said.

Let’s deconstruct that. A victim reports a crime to the authorities. They look at her and see she is white. They look at the accused and see he is not white. And on that basis–and solely on that basis–they refuse to take any action. That is not ant-racism. It is not political correctness. It is the very definition of racism itself.

In another passage in the Casey report she refers to fears within Rotherham council of “upsetting community cohesion” if action was taken against the rape gangs. This literally echoes the argument that used to be put forward by the old Citizens Councils in the deep south of the United States, as they attempted to resist desegregation. It was also the argument put forward by local law enforcement authorities and the local judiciary when challenged over their failure to prevent the lynching of black men.

The racists of the far-Right have a favoured Pavlovian, response, whenever confronted over their prejudice. “You only ever talk about white racism. What about black racism?” I’ve personally always dismissed it as Neolithic attempt at moral relativism.

But we can’t dismiss it now. If we mean what we say about challenging racism, then we have to challenge it whenever and wherever we find it. And today we have found it in Rotherham.

To dismiss what occurred there as political correctness run amok is to of itself allow political correctness to run amok. The victims of Rotherham were selected because of their race. The perpetrators were left free to continue their abuse because of their race. That is what we call racism. Because if we don’t, then the entire concept of racism ceases to have any meaning.

It was racism that allowed a British town to be turned into a rape camp, not political correctness. We must not let political correctness prevent us from saying so.

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  • Rhialto

    It was racism that allowed a British town to be turned into a rape camp…
    Perhaps, but it was idiocy that allowed masses of Pakistanis to enter the UK.

    • LHathaway

      It was idiocy . . as clearly displayed by the author . . . But hey, she’s finally speaking our language. Do you believe in miracles? Yes!

      • Sick of it

        Kind of like stories of homosexual rape being covered up in California.

    • WR_the_realist

      It was racism when Tony Blair decided to rub the faces of the British people in diversity. That hasn’t hurt his career any.

    • RationaliseThis

      Leftists apply a double standard, White children, White people, are rated as second class as a compensation to various brown, black and beige people. This despite many being White themselves. In this way they rate themselves as ‘guilt free’. They are completely mentally ill and we will have to work out how to neutralise their disease, if it is possible.
      Rape of non Muslims by Muslims is as fundamentally Islamic as Islam itself. The Koran specifically and clearly allows it in cases of non Muslim captives.

      Left wing attacks on marriage have not only brought vast numbers of Muslims into the UK they have worked hard to normalise the breakdown of marriage to the point of unreasonable. This has made matters worse by creating large numbers of single mothers with daughters devoid of fatherly protection, guidance and example.

  • MekongDelta69

    The victims of Rotherham were selected because of their race. The perpetrators were left free to continue their abuse because of their race.

    Uh-oh. UH-OH… How long before this guy gets the axe (in more ways than one)?

    • John Smith

      Or falls afoul of the laws restricting free speech about minority groups in “Great” Britain? You can’t even quote Churchill if it’s about muslims.

  • Truthseeker

    When I saw the title of this article, my first thought was that the writer would be claiming the Pakistanis were the “real victims,” and that they only engaged in this sexual abuse because of “racism” against them. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this piece had a lot of common sense in it. It’s a pretty sad statement that such an article as I initially expected would’ve surprised me far less.

  • Mary

    This is a cautionary tale of how our White children will be routinely abused if the White Western world continues on its current course. If this appalling situation managed to flourish while Whites still possess a numerical majority, one can only imagine what horrors lie in the future. This is absolutely unacceptable.

    • Excellent point! Your words about sum up the situation unless whites wake up and resist the muslim and third-world plague that stands before us.

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        Do we do this by playing dirty or playing fair / by the rules? Pretty sure if we play it your way, White people lose.

  • Dan O’Connor

    This…coming from a Left wing DT journalist like Dan Hodges, who has been involved with Antifa /UAF / Hope-Not-Hate ” anti-racist ” organisations in Britain, and published in the DT that has veered sharply Establishment Left over the last year and done everything it can to delete comments and IP ban and purge WN’s from it comments section …comes as a real suprise.
    I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not dreaming.
    It’s a pity the DT has as usual blocked for comments under the article.
    Perhaps finally the message that people such as myself have been trying to hammer home 24/7 into the heads of the Establishment journo-hacks on the DT Blogs forum over the last 8 years, that the entire political , media and academic elite are institutionally anti-White, is finally beginning to sink in.
    Hodges is correct in pointing out that blaming the complicity of the goverment, media, police force and child protection social services in the rape, sex slave, paedophile jihad of thousands of underage White girls across Britain on
    ” political correctness ” …is in itself an act of linguistic political correctness
    It is simply an entreched set of racial double standads in the form of racism against Whites as second class citizens in their own country.
    It is now becoming increasingly difficult for anti-Whites to perpetuate the lie that it is impossible for Whites to be the victims of entrenched anti-White racism by immigrants and other Whites.
    My compliments to Hodges . I hope he will begin to be aware of the damage his ilk have caused to our civilization and race over the last 50 years.

    • Bantu_Education

      I am not a regular reader of the DT – although I did have an online subscription until very recently – but I have never heard of Dan Hodges before, and if I had known they paid “leftists” to write articles for them I would never have given them a cent. I made this comment a just now…..

      “The racists of the far-Right have a favoured Pavlovian, response, whenever confronted over their prejudice. “You only ever talk about white racism. What about black racism?” I’ve personally always dismissed it as Neolithic attempt at moral relativism.”

      Just as I was warming to this writer he had to spoil it all with this ritual spit against the “Neolithic” heretics of the “far right”. Is this statement not, in and of itself, an example of the very “political correctness” which allowed this scandal to be ignored by the authorities and which he claims to be so opposed to..?

  • superlloyd

    He obviosly hasn’t read the cultural marxist guidebook that says only whites can be racist.

    • Spikeygrrl

      To the PC crowd, your last 2 words subsume the rest of your list.

  • Sick of it

    “The victims of Rotherham were selected because of their race. The
    perpetrators were left free to continue their abuse because of their
    race. That is what we call racism. Because if we don’t, then the entire
    concept of racism ceases to have any meaning.”

    We’ve got a new brother a few years from now. Welcome to reality. Anti-racism is a code word for anti-white!

    • LHathaway

      He’s just ahead of his time (although still likely in the other camp). It is only a matter of time before Whiteness becomes a cause of the progressives. I had thought a girl wrote this, for some reason.

      • Spikeygrrl

        No, the writer was a boy.

        If that word choice was jarring to you, please think twice before calling adult women “girls.”

        • LHathaway

          no.

  • John Jackson

    It was both.

  • Albert

    Go to far to the right and you have a Nazi state. Too far to the left and you have… this. Time to discard both camps in favor of realism. Or at decrease the power of the left so that the system of checks and balances will function again.

    • Sick of it

      Actually, if you go too far to the right, you have anarchy. Socialism is leftist.

  • WoodyBBad

    I am sure that Jack Straw will be getting his apologies. Not.

  • LHathaway

    To quote Jerry Seinfeld from the Jerry Seinfeld show, “It’s not racism if I like their race”.

  • LHathaway

    “Race is being brushed under the carpet”.

    No, abuse of Whites is being brushed under the carpet, for another Century. The other kind, however, is always walking at the end of the red carpet walk, even as Whites are underneath the the carpet being stepped on.

  • Spikeygrrl

    Every time I read another column/article on this topic, I ask myself WHERE ARE THE PARENTS in all of this?!

    • Sick of it

      Wasn’t one arrested for complaining about the perpetrators?

      • Spikeygrrl

        I hadn’t heard that, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

      • Bill_der_Berg

        At least two were arrested.

        “While the police often failed to take action against the abusers, there were cases where concerned parents were arrested for trying to protect their own children.

        The report identified two separate cases where fathers who had tracked their daughters down and were trying to remove them from houses where they were being abused, were themselves arrested” (Daily Telegraph, 24 August 2014).

    • MBlanc46

      I asked that question once and was informed by a British commenter that local authorities refused to listen to parents’ complaints for just the reason that the author of this piece states.

  • John Fitzgerald

    Bit unusual a hack not blaming whites, but it was and continues to be mass systematic rape of white girls by racist paki filth, so the chances were one hack would notice. It’s a declaration of war, not only by the racist pakis but also by the hostile ruling class who let the pakis onto the island.

  • MathMan

    Jack Straw was a politician at the centre of the Labour Party policy of uncontrolled immigration of Asian and Africans into UK. Blackburn, in Lancashire, was his constituency and on his 30 year watch as MP the place became more like Karachi than UK. Also, he was at Tony Blair’s side during the decisions to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. A real piece of s***.

    • Bantu_Education

      Jack Straw….is that an English heritage name..? Just asking…..

  • It’s not political correctness and it’s not racism.

    It’s ANTI-WHITISM!

  • Turkana Boy

    “The perpetrators were left free to continue their abuse because of their race. That is what we call racism.”
    Let me see if I got this: I’m a racist because I let you rape my daughter because of your race. Uh, I don’t think that makes me a “racist.” I think that makes me some kind of depraved, sociopathic, sub-human beast–i.e., a modern British liberal, specifically, a member of the Rotherham “Labour led” council or perhaps a Rotherham policeman.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    “The victims of Rotherham were selected because of their race. The perpetrators were left free to continue their abuse because of their race. That is what we call racism. Because if we don’t, then the entire concept of racism ceases to have any meaning.” –

    – Silly wabbit, tricks are for kids! And life destroying accusations of racism are for Whites! The idea of racism being the evil of all evils is not a natural idea. It was a concept created and most importantly nurtured within it’s chosen victims to act as a weapon. A weapon specifically designed for a particular target. And that target is not the DeMaricus Jones’s, Alverez Martinez’s, Lu Wong’s and certainly not the Mohammed Al-Shrouk’s of the world. Nope, it’s an ethnically based weapon, and it’s ethnically based target, is you.

  • baldridge999

    It’s anti-whitism.

  • Bantu_Education

    “The racists of the far-Right have a favoured Pavlovian, response, whenever confronted over their prejudice. “You only ever talk about white racism. What about black racism?” I’ve personally always dismissed it as Neolithic attempt at moral relativism.”

    Just as I was warming to this writer he had to spoil it all with this ritual spit against the “Neolithic” heretics of the “far right”. Is this statement not, in and of itself, an example of the very “political correctness” which allowed this scandal to be ignored by the authorities and which he claims to be so opposed to..?

  • Bantu_Education

    On another note – why is it that Muslims who move to the west are invariably employed as taxi drivers..? I have been to at least 20 Muslim countries and if there is one memory that stands out from all those visits it is their horrible driving standard – aggressive and bullying..!!!

  • falskog

    The very fact that we are forced to have this discussion about race only confirms our failure

  • FinnShane

    And suddenly, deep in the bowels of the Telegraph’s office, a lightbulb flickered, hesitantly, then finally with a steady, dull glow, above Dan Hodges’ head.

    Well, better late than never I guess. Now take a look around you with your now partially opened eyes and take things to their logical conclusion: your White countrymen are all being raped right now Mr Hodges, physically, psychologically and spiritually. They are being robbed, abused, and condemned to a future of humiliation, destitution and extinction.

    Report it and spread the truth. Wishful thinking perhaps, but at least on this matter someone has at least taken the first step, and for that I thank you.

  • gemjunior

    When I was a kid my dad would always bring me back the boxed sets of novels by Enid Blyton, which filled my childhood memories. I got new sets every summer if I wasn’t there to pick it myself, he would bring them home for me. I loved reading about the adventures of these English kids called the Famous Five, and the girls boarding schools at St. Clares and Malory Towers. There was a Wishing Chair that took little ones on adventures to faraway lands. There were really great weekly comic magazines for kids, called Beano, and they put out a hardcover annual every year too. But Enid Blyton was an absolutely brilliant writer and evocative of the old England that is mostly gone now – but can still be saved I really believe. I hope and pray that it’s possible.

  • Duff_McClintock

    Yes, this article is fairly stupid. The problem in this Rotherham situation is very simple: coloreds were victimizing young white women, and older socialistic whites were either to cowardly to do anything about it or apathetic. In a just and reasonable society, the coloreds would be brought to trial, found guilty, and publicly executed. The white cowards would likewise be brought to trial, found guilty, and promptly and publicly be stripped, beaten, and executed.