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The Grotesque Results of Politically Correct Law Enforcement

When law enforcement becomes about anything other than behavior, we're in trouble.  Thus, when people get picked out for prosecution because they're black, it's reprehensible and subversive.  It's also indecent.  Ditto for when they are picked out for prosecution because they're white, as almost certainly happened to George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.  There, it got to the point that one leading and (ordinarily) pro-defendant academic was openly hoping for Zimmerman's conviction even though it was clear early on that the State would not be able to meet its affirmative burden, under Florida law, of disproving self-defense.

The same thing may be happening now to Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson, who has the misfortune to be white.  Does anyone think the banshee cries for his indictment would be anything like what they are if he were black? He may deserve indictment, mind you, and a good deal more than that.  But he doesn't deserve it any more or less because of his race.

A recent editorial in the liberal Washington Post decries the results of politically correct law enforcement in our mother country.  It seems that British authorities are turning a blind eye toward an epidemic of child rape because  -- ready now?  --  the people doing it are Pakistani immigrants, and the police wouldn't want to face charges that they are anti-Muslim.

Well I guess not.  But I have not yet heard why protecting Muslim little girls from being sold and traded into prostitution is anti-Muslim.  More important, in a sane world, the possibility of such accusations would count for nothing.  What would count for police and prosecutors is doing your job without caring about the latest version of Whinerism.
The Post editorial begins:

FIVE MEN from the northern English town of Rotherham were jailed in November 2010 for sexual offenses against underage girls. There was suspicion that the problem of sexual exploitation of children was more widespread, but the true scale and horror of the crimes became clear only recently, with shocking findings from an independent investigation that hundreds of girls were vilely abused over 16 years. Also appalling is how local authorities tolerated, even enabled, the unspeakable acts.

Sorting out why officials closed their eyes or looked the other way as an estimated 1,400 young girls were raped and brutally exploited from 1997 to 2013 will require Rotherham and the rest of Britain to come to grips with uncomfortable questions about race, class and gender.

"It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated," wrote Alexis Jay, a former chief inspector of social work who was commissioned to conduct an independent inquiry after reports by the Times of London. She described a process that targeted girls from vulnerable or working-class families. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of men. Some children were doused with gasoline and threatened with being set alight if they told anyone.

The people who should have protected them -- police, social workers, council officials -- did nothing, even when complaints were brought to them. "Nobody can pretend they didn't know," Ms. Jay told the New York Times. Among the disturbing explanations for this complicit indifference is the fear of appearing insensitive or even racist since the perpetrators were members of the local Pakistani community. "There was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat," said one Rotherham official.

The "multicultural community boat" indeed.  When are we going to learn that it belongs on the ocean floor?


One correction, Bill: hardly any of the girls in the Rotherham case were Pakistani Moslems, they were nearly all white Christians.

Was that in the article? I must have missed it if so. I believe I'm correct, however, in stating that the people who did it were Pakistani Muslim men. For purposes of the point I was making -- that political correctness discouraged the prosecution of these people even though they had been doing it for 16 years -- I think my post remains valid.

I thank you for the correction as to the identity of the victims. A sharp-eyed reader is a valuable thing indeed.

You're welcome. The following New York Times article has plenty of details on this truly horrific case: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/world/europe/reckoning-starts-in-britain-on-abuse-of-girls.html?_r=0

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