Sex Crimes

What Is The Rotherham Child Sex Exploitation Scandal All About?

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Rotherham Town Hall
Credit: Paul Eggleston

Beginning early last week, a bombshell report completely roiled the British media and has managed to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. An independent report declared that about 1,400 children in the community of Rotherham (population: just shy of 250,000) had been subjected to sexual exploitation across the past 16 years, and very little had been done to help them.

Attention has zeroed in on the racial and ethnic component—the suspected perpetrators are typically described as Asian, though it appears they're primarily Pakistani. Combined with a local case from 2010 where a pack of five Asian men were imprisoned for grooming teen girls for sex, England is now also dealing with an increased backlash or threats against its Muslim residents, according to The Guardian.

There have been several cases of "child grooming" and sexual exploitation reported in England in recent years. In 2012, there were two big cases, one involving another pack of Asian men and one involving a pack of white guys. Guess which one got the most media attention?

The report, by Professor Alexis Jay, does discuss ethnic issues that contributed to this crisis, but it's actually really just a small part of her report. The majority of the report is made up of descriptions governmental failures that will be starkly familiar to critics of official bureaucracy—a nasty cocktail of turf wars, inscrutable processes, and institutional apathy.

But how seriously to treat the 1,400 claim? That is probably the first thought of skeptical Americans who may still remember our pedophile Satanic cult panics and daycare abuse panics from the 1980s that turned out to be fabricated and led to innocent people imprisoned. The Brits have had some high-profile, horrifying child sex scandals recently, so it's fair to examine whether people are primed to leap at every new revelation.

It turns out that Jay actually directly consulted only 66 individual case files, nearly all of which she determined were victims of sexual exploitation. Her full estimate comes from examining the minutes of meetings of various committees that discussed the numbers of children affected and had access to lists of children and sometimes more thorough summaries of the situations of those receiving counseling. Despite this vagueness, Jay is not only sure of the scope, she thinks she may be too conservative.

Even if the estimate is wildly off in the opposite direction, though, a read through the 153-page full report will make it clear this isn't a wild case of recovered memories or coached testimony. Some lowlights about the way the town of Rotherham has handled the situation:

  • Jay has much praise for The Risky Business Project, created by youth workers in 1997 to help serve at-risk teens and young adults. It is an outreach group that worked directly in the community and appeared to have good relationships with both the youths they were helping and the police. They gathered a lot of information about what was actually happening on the street with at-risk youths. But according to Jay, Risky Business had a terrible relationship with local children's social care services. Sources told Jay that the bureaucrats were actually jealous of Risky Business' success and conspired to reduce their influence and bring them under an agency-managed umbrella. They succeeded, and Jay worries this will hamper Risky Business moving forward.
  • In response to sexual exploitation claims, police used stereotypically familiar reasons not to pursue accusations. How was she dressed? Was she drunk or on drugs? Did she fight back? Jay noted that police or Child Protective Services frequently used these as reasons not to push for charges.
  • In the section on ethnicity and its relationship to the exploitation (which takes up less than five pages of the full report), Jay notes that young people believe that police won't arrest Asian suspects for fear of being called racist, and managers told social care workers to be cautious about identifying race in their reports. But Jay also notes that authorities have only vaguely tried to build ties to the Muslim community through male leaders and rarely consulted with women or girls. As such, they didn't seem to be aware that Asian girls were also targets of sexual grooming. This helped feed a cultural myth that Pakistani predators were targeting white girls for sex as some sort of anti-Western thing when in fact they were also preying on girls within their own community, which is typically how such exploitation works. Elsewhere in the report, the men suspected of exploiting girls were also seen with trafficking drugs and guns. In other words, they were thugs. There was little evidence that these men were being protected by the Muslim community at large, and in fact, leaders were upset at police for not tackling the problem.
  • There is a whole section on the role taxi drivers play in the predatory grooming, helping transport the victims around from school and bringing them to the men who would give them gifts in exchange for sex. I bring this up because there is a licensing process for taxi drivers in Rotherham, and so it's something to remember whenever anybody insists that we need government regulation to protect us from potentially dangerous people from ride-sharing services.

When all is said and done, there's a lot to chew over here in the full report. Outrage isn't an answer. And I'm still a little skeptical of the full number given the methodology. Many of the problems are due not to anomalies, but from a familiar result of entrenched bureaucratic apathy. A couple of leaders stepping down likely won't fix this.

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  1. Guess which one got the most media attention?

    The most of two!!

    /pedant

    1. Can’t they just send in Liam Neeson to clean up the mess?

  2. It is my understanding the Reason is not going to talk about this issue.

    Everyone should ignore this article.

    1. No. It was your understanding Reason hadn’t talked about this. You should read this article as Reason finally doing something it should have done last week.

      1. Do you feel better now John?
        It really was a big story, you would have expected some basic teaser stories and AM/PM link mentions, but I still don’t want to attribute it to any “cosmo” related shit.

        1. Attribute it to what you like. But it is failure none the less. And even this post is pretty lame.

          1. Pretty lame? This post is very lame. Way to go Scott, you hit the nail on the head smashed your thumb badly.

      2. It probably took them a few days to figure out how to finesse the issue properly.

    2. What article? I don’t see anything except John bitching.

      1. Go show me where I ever said Reason would never cover it? I didn’t. I criticized them for not covering it, which was valid. Just because they write a limp wristed “wow this is kind of a big deal” post now, doesn’t make my criticism then any less valid at the time.

        1. true dat. With John on that one…

          1. Me, too.

            Reason did not cover itself in glory on this incredible, shocking failure of the Total State, and this article isn’t much of a start in digging out of that hole.

            1. It’s a start… but a small one. And a mea culpa PERSONALLY from the Independents would help (I may be stretching…)…

        2. To be fair, I’m sure they are working on a story about how the millennials feel about it.

          1. Damn you, rodent. I’m keeping my good eye on you.

          2. +100 Reason Rupe polls

        3. Someone should have pointed out to the Reason staff that the victims were Millenials.

  3. It is entirely possible the number is inflated. It wouldn’t be the first time the initial reports were completely false. That said, even if it is say 1/10th that much, the police and authorities ignoring the abuse and rape of a 140 girls is still a pretty big deal.

    And what there is to chew on relates to the dangers of a one party state, political correctness and the general evil of a government that openly despises a large section of the population. The victims were white and poor and the British ruling class hates poor white people. And thus just didn’t give a shit that they were being victimized.

  4. Sources told Jay that the bureaucrats were actually jealous of Risky Business’ success and conspired to reduce their influence and bring them under an agency-managed umbrella. They succeeded, and Jay worries this will hamper Risky Business moving forward.

    The system worked as intended.

  5. I also wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that the police were on the take from the gangs. If they were taking bribes, they wouldn’t exactly want to admit that so. So, the “but I was afraid of being accused of racism” is a convenient excuse to make once their failure to do anything was uncovered.

    1. Or the phenomenon we have here in the US, of agressively prosecuting minor crime while discouraging reports of serious crimes, but turned up to 11.

      1. With cops the scale becomes logarithmic after 1.1

  6. “Outrage isn’t an answer.”

    Yes, let us meekly bleat our mild disapproval while demonstrating acceptance of other cultures and celebrating our mosaic of diversity.

    1. Good catch. I am pretty sure outrage is part of the answer. I don’t recall Reason ever saying that about the various other outrageous things they report. Did you?

      Outrage is not the answer to the police killing dogs.

    2. Ultimately, when we are talking about industrial-scale child rape, violence is the answer.

      Either violence mediated through the state via arrest and imprisonment, or if that is not forthcoming, violence on a more personal scale.

      Nothing else will make this stop, and prevent it from happening again.

      1. Like the sound of that!! As I said, if this happened in America, there would be murders…

        1. True. But the seeds are already planted here, as the tainted phrase “workplace violence” reminds us.

      2. Sounds like a good way to get a bunch of Pakistanis south Asians killed by hooligan vigilantes, guilty or not.

        Not that I disagree with the anger.

        1. I’m not disagreeing, Dweebston. That’s why option A should be the state taking care of this problem.

          Because at some point, when the state fails, self-help takes over.

          While our state has comprehensively failed to enforce laws against petty theft (just try to get the cops to investigate one), raping girls can (and, IMO, should) provoke a violent reaction that petty theft will not.

          1. Just girls, RC Dean?

            1. Or boys. This one’s about girls, though.

        2. Seems more practical to target the public officials who enabled them, and make it clear that they were targeted for aiding and abetting gang rape of children. Bureaucracies and marxist elites don’t naturally give a shit about little people, but they respond to incentives as much as anyone.

          1. No, Aunt Isthenes, you target the perps first, foremost and always. Then you work back to the gangs and their government enablers.

            1. Seems inefficient, is all.

        3. I can’t disagree with the anger, but if you’re targeting random south asians for violence then you’re not helping.

          1. The local Sikh community became aware of Sunni Pakistanis grooming of their children. They reported it to the police, provided direct evidence and waited for two months – nothing happened. A Sikh mob attacked the restaurant where the abuse occurred. Police arrested the rapists a mere two days later.

            1. Of course they would have, angus. Sikhs and all, y’know.

            2. And what would’ve happened if a mob of white people attacked the restaurant where the abuse occurred?

              Would they be arresting rapists–or racists?

          2. Perhaps. But, I can only imagine the police would become a lot more diligent about investigating child rape allegations after that.

        4. The agreement between civilians and the government is that they will prevent this kind of shit from happening. In return, we won’t form mobs and lynch rapists.

          1. In return, we won’t form mobs and lynch rapists.

            Hard for Brits to do as they have no guns.

            1. Throw enough people together and you don’t need guns, so long as the state doesn’t try to break it up; cricket bats will do just fine. Or any other improvised weaponry.

        5. Yes, it probably is. And while I don’t think that is what should happen, it is what I think will happen if this sort of thing goes unpunished.

  7. Sounds like a slam dunk to me dude.

    http://www.Crypt-Anon.tk

  8. Well, thanks for showing up, Reason. Better late than never.

    But how seriously to treat the 1,400 claim?

    Given that this went on for years and years, and apparently morphed from a hobby into a business where these girls were trafficked all over England and admission fees were charged, I think the number is not implausible.

    I think the Pakistani identity of the perps (and I seem to recall there are only a couple out of dozens that aren’t from Pakistan) is of some significance here on a couple of fronts.

    (1) I have no doubt that it provided them with PC protection from vigorous inquiry.

    (2) The Pakistani community is a rock-solid bloc for Labour, which governs this town. The Labourites had both internal (PC) and external (votes) reasons for ignoring this problem.

    (3) Sex with children is more culturally acceptable in some societies, including (I believe) Pakistan, than it is in the West. I don’t think its just a huge coincidence that an insular immigrant community hosted (in some sense) child “predation” that is not as negatively viewed in their home country as it is in England. I will be interested to learn the degree to which members of the local Pakistani community were actually trying to get the government to stop all this.

    I have a really hard time reading this as anything other than a cautionary tale about the dangers of mass immigration into a PC-ridden society, and an indictment of the Total State.

    1. You can have mass immigration only if you have a confident culture that will assimilate the immigrants. If you don’t have that, it is not immigration it is conquest.

      1. What stops or hinders assimilation is when the government, in the name of “diversity,” forces institutions to give special favors to immigrants such as interpreters and second language teachers and ethnic food and such.

        Otherwise assimilation usually just happens.

        1. Unless the influx is too much, too fast.

      2. Well, no. Conquest is military in nature. Colonization, sure.

      3. Well, given the police would toss out assault complaints on the basis of what the girl was wearing, are you sure it hasn’t?

        1. Muslim cultures have a problem with what women wear…

          And they have been known to do pretty nasty things to women who wear the wrong thing.

          This is a horrible counter example Scott.

          1. I actually agree the big story here is government failure.

            But your weird dancing around and mush talk has made me consider the PC angle more deeply.

    2. Yes, there is no doubt that multicultural bullshit helped these people get away with rape.

      This article is a little disturbing itself. If any mainstream paper danced around an issue the way Reason is dancing around the Paki rape factory, they’d be denounced as lame shits unwilling to confront the truth.

      “I will be interested to learn the degree to which members of the local Pakistani community were actually trying to get the government to stop all this.”

      Me too. But I note for the record that such community concern was assumed in this article.

      1. Imagine during the Catholic Priest abuse scandal Reason writing

        I would be interested to see how many priests tried to get the church to do something to stop all of this.

        Can’t see it, can you? This article is really pretty pathetic.

      2. Reason is doing a bit of dancing, but for the terpsichorean virtuosity of the mainstream media, check out the delicate minuets of the BBC and Guardian around the subject.

    3. I suspect an additional factor:

      (4) Muslim disdain for infidels (which some exploitation of Pakistani girls does not disprove).

      1. I think the 5) institutional treatment of women within historical Islam (and Central Asia/Middle East/N Africa in specific) is also relevant in this case. Islam has a particularly nasty relationship with women which is simply not true of Christianity, Judaism, or the Dharmic religions (with the Christian and Jewish Middle Eastern minorities being streets ahead in terms of treatment of women).

        If ever there was a place and a time to cry “rape culture”…

        1. Absolutely true.

        2. We live in a rape culture because MEN have the audacity to eye-fuck every less-than-fat woman who just happens to be wearing short shorts and a belly shirt. I mean, can’t a woman leave her house in a thong and tanktop without all the looks! Men are just awful. /Andrea Dworkin

          No but seriously, Pakistan is undoubtedly the most barbaric society outside of sub-Saharan Africa. Allowing these people to move to the west in hordes while making great pains to allow them NOT to assimilate is the suicide pact of western civilization.

    4. Yeah there is definitely this disturbing dynamic in which people from backwards cultures come to Western nations and bring all their backwards attitudes with them, and then the white liberal PC types are too afraid of seeming racist to criticize any of it. Which basically teaches the immigrants that their backwards social attitudes are totally ok. Or that they are not ok, but the whites are too pussy to do anything about it.

    5. Sex with children is more culturally acceptable in some societies

      Like Hollywood, the Catholic church, the NEA, etc.

  9. Anon bot missed it on that one. Must be an off day…

  10. Yeah, that whole “outrage is not an answer” kind of threw me… a little but self-conscious of reason to say that. Unfocused outrage may not be an answer, but outrage FOCUSING on the real issues IS an answer…

    1. ” that whole “outrage is not an answer” kind of threw me..”

      Given that outrage is the millenial coin of the realm, it is even more odd.

  11. and managers told social care workers to be cautious about identifying race in their reports

    The staunch Islamophobes that populate the Huffingtong Post note that it might have been a little stronger than “be cautious.”

    The researcher, who was seconded to Rotherham Council from the Home Office in 2002, spoke to BBC Panorama anonymously and said she was told she must “never, ever” again mention the fact they most of the abusers were Asian men.

    Rotherham Council even tried to have her sacked when she resisted pressure to change the findings of the report she completed, she said.

    She interviewed 270 under-age girls who had been victims of abuse, identified by sexual exploitation outreach service Risky Business, and passed the report to the council.

    She recalled the reaction of one official to it, saying: “She said you must never refer to that again. You must never refer to Asian men.

    “And her other response was to book me on a two-day ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.”

    She also told the programme that data backing up her report, stored by Risky Business, went missing just after it was submitted.

    1. “And her other response was to book me on a two-day ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.”

      Cripes, the social justice types will have us all living in 1984 if they get the chance.

      1. Sorry I missed this one or I definitely would have included in my piece.

  12. A couple of leaders stepping down likely won’t fix this.

    Nope. The only way to fix a bureaucracy is to clean house, and that rarely if ever happens.

    1. The only way to fix a bureaucracy is to destroy it and build another.

      1. The only way to fix a bureaucracy is to destroy it and build another.

        Yeah, I know, hanging curve…

  13. Outrage isn’t an answer. …. A couple of leaders stepping down likely won’t fix this.

    Pat Condell speaks truth to power, once again.

  14. One thing for certain: the ONLY road to freedom and libertopia is to believe any and all fairy tales about other cultures and religions.

    Yep. Nothing irrational about that.

    1. And to what particular “fairy tales” do you refer?

      1. That Islam is a religion of piece for one.

  15. the suspected perpetrators are typically described as Asian, though it appears they’re primarily Pakistani.

    England: Asian = from Asia. Pakistan is in Asia. It is a much more general term than North Americans use, and in fact usually refers to Indians, Pakistanis, and Sri Lankans. What we (North Americans) call Asian they might call Oriental, or simply “Chinese”.

    More details than you cared to know.

  16. There have been several cases of “child grooming” and sexual exploitation reported in England in recent years. In 2012, there were two big cases, one involving another pack of Asian men and one involving a pack of white guys. Guess which one got the most media attention?

    Exactly. And the ONLY difference between the two cases is the race of the perpetrators. Its the ONLY difference you racist bastards.

    1. Yeah. How does he write this crap?

      1. I think all tweets about this shit should use the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag.

    2. Was it the one with many more perpetrators, where initial reports showed that victims were targeted based on their race, and where the authorities knew about the crimes but deliberately did nothing?

      Now, sure, the fact that they were Muslims is probably irrelevant — Islam is a global religion, and it’s not like Muslims in Africa or the Middle East are kidnapping and raping the shit out of infidel girls, often after they get done slaughtering their infidel families. Even if they were, what are the odds that a Western-raised Muslim would share the beliefs of a group like ISIS?

      1. and it’s not like Muslims in Africa or the Middle East are kidnapping and raping the shit out of infidel girls, often after they get done slaughtering their infidel families.

        Is that so?

        Of course, the many glasses of Tom Collins I’ve had probably has dulled my sarcometer.

        1. HM, please adjust your sarc-detector.

          1. I’d rather pour another Tom Collins, to be honest.

            1. C’mon, big guy. Walk it off.

        2. You have to understand that most people here speak to each other entirely in irony.

          1. Gen X infestation!!!

          2. *Totally*

            yawn

    3. Bull. There’s a difference between home-grown crime and imported crime: it’s possible to stop imported crime by not importing it. But that would prevent the Labour Party (and the Democratic Party) from “electing a new people” for their own benefit.

  17. They need to dig up Cromwell, again.

    1. At least dig up Enoch Powell and apologize to his corpse.

  18. More proof that Reason and teh COSMOTARIANZ! are more concerned over being considered bigoted than being considered aware.

    1. Mustn’t commit the faux pas of noticing politically incorrect facts.

  19. It’s about Islam colonizing the West, simple as that.

  20. Can somebody provide me the list of which cultures or communities we are supposed to hold communally responsible for crimes so I can avoid such mistakes in the future? Thanks.

    1. White Southerners, for starters.

    2. I’ll start. Estonians and the French.

    3. I think you can hold the racist part of Jim Crow Southern society responsible for lynchings and church bombings, or the WWII-era Germans responsible for the atrocities of the Nazis, or (perhaps more relevant to this case) the Taliban responsible for attacks on women in Afghanistan. You can hold a police force responsible for the shit that the “bad” cops do while “good” cops simply ignore it and help perpetuate the toxic us vs. them culture that allows the “bad” cops to feel justified in victimizing their citizens.

      Does that give you a good jumping off point?

      1. You forgot Bohemians for Polka

    4. I hate intolerant people, and the Dutch.

    5. Well, Scott, the Italian Mafia does bad shit, so CLEARLY all Wops are bad people and should be deported.

      1. We don’t call it the Mafia anymore. We call it the government.

      2. Not ALL Wops, just Epi.

      3. And they’ve got that crazy fucked up religion too. Catholicism, I think it is.

        Greasy bastards!

        1. And they’ve got that crazy fucked up religion too. Catholicism, I think it is.

          Mosques are tolerated in Rome. Churches are illegal in Mecca. Until such notions are truly a two-way street, frankly, fuck Islam.

      4. Isn’t the Italian Mafia culturally coherent enough to be considered its own sub-community?

    6. Can somebody provide me the list of which cultures or communities we are supposed to hold communally responsible for crimes so I can avoid such mistakes in the future? Thanks.

      I think this misses a central point.

      Look, libertarians are obviously averse to collectivism. And any fair libertarian will treat each individual as an entity in himself and not ascribe the pathologies of any identity group upon him without those pathologies being revealed.

      But we’d be fools to not see certain trends in particular communities, and recognition of the sources of any particular social ill demands identification of where those social ills originate with greatest frequency.

      We can recognize that a community as a whole may have severe problems without attributing that problem to the sum of its parts.

      1. Even moreso with culture. Culture isn’t race, it’s a coherent set of attitudes, values, beliefs, and traditions. A single society has many identifiable cultures, and some are pretty shit. White supremacist, cop supremacist, or Muslim supremacist — all exist to let worthless assholes justify abusing everyone that isn’t in their group. If you want society not to suck, you have to erode those sorts of toxic cultures — there are plenty of ways to do so that are compatible with liberty and justice and free minds, but first you have to accept that there is a problem that needs solving.

        1. Culture isn’t race, it’s a coherent set of attitudes, values, beliefs, and traditions.

          Very true, and even more true of organized religion — particularly when that religion has a sacred text and a community (an ulema, if you will) entrusted with the interpretation and study of said text and tradition.

        2. Also deptologist added a link below:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtA21eiSmT8

          The women says there are two cultures that led to this. First Pakistani culture which sees white women (and how they dress) as trash and English class culture among authorities which saw these women (actually they were girls) as not mattering.

        3. If you want society not to suck, you have to erode those sorts of toxic cultures

          And not import them. Which means: 1) Preference to people from more Western, advanced, and non-hostile cultures. 2) Preference to the educated over the ignorant. 3) Preference to members of religions that do not contain a large fraction of people who wish to destroy Western liberty. 4) Not importing people in such numbers that it hinders assimilation, and changes your culture instead of that of the immigrants.

    7. Oh, and Baby Boomers can be held responsible for the sadz of all younger cohorts. I read that pretty frequently here at Reason.

    8. England should be held responsible for pretty much everything:

      http://weknowmemes.com/wp-cont…..maps-3.jpg

      1. I am surprised Finland is on that map.

        When the hell did England invade Finland? And why?

        1. They didn’t. They and the French were at war with the Russian empire during the Crimean War, which included Finland.

          Most of the indicated regions had what were at best brush wars and not “invasions”.

          That map is all sorts of bullshit.

          1. Yeah cuz “The Empire Where the Sun Never Set” was in fact the name of a pacifist hippy commune.

            1. …your point being?

              I didn’t say that the UK was not once a large empire; merely that the map is bullshit because it is.

              1. …your point being?

                That England, historically, is pure evil.

                1. Lyndon LaRouche, is that you?

                  1. Lyndon LaRouche, is that you?

                    When the hell did hating the English become so controversial?

                    All the Empire’s officers in the Star Wars movies had English accents.

                    Plus there is that guy played by Tim Roth in that Rob Roy movie.

                    And I am using UK spellcheck on firefox and it keeps telling I am spelling “movie” wrong.

                    Of course they are evil.

    9. Can somebody provide me the list of which cultures or communities we are supposed to hold communally responsible for crimes so I can avoid such mistakes in the future?

      One suggestion: if a culture or community follows a holy book which explicitly permits sex slavery, you might want to avoid importing followers of that holy book.

      1. That would include Christianity, considering that unmarried virgin rape victims are commanded to marry their rapists.

        1. And that happens how often? For numerous reasons, things like that in the Bible are followed much, much less often than things like that in the Koran.

  21. Jay notes that young people believe that police won’t arrest Asian suspects for fear of being called racist, and managers told social care workers to be cautious about identifying race in their reports. But Jay also notes that authorities have only vaguely tried to build ties to the Muslim community through male leaders and rarely consulted with women or girls. As such, they didn’t seem to be aware that Asian girls were also targets of sexual grooming. This helped feed a cultural myth that Pakistani predators were targeting white girls for sex as some sort of anti-Western thing when in fact they were also preying on girls within their own community, which is typically how such exploitation works. Elsewhere in the report, the men suspected of exploiting girls were also seen with trafficking drugs and guns. In other words, they were thugs. There was little evidence that these men were being protected by the Muslim community at large, and in fact, leaders were upset at police for not tackling the problem.

    This seems to be a case of reverse racism. Not in the usual sense, but that by trying not to be racist, the authorities actually ended up being more racist. Basically by allowing this group of men to continue preying on young girls within the Muslim community. Obviously, Pakistanis are entitled to the equal protection of the law, even if that includes protection from male predators in their community.

    1. by trying not to be racist, the authorities actually ended up being more racist.

      When you look up “Progressive” in the dictionary, that phrase is the definition.

    2. “… leaders were upset at police for not tackling the problem.”

      Odd, that. When British Muslims complain about most anything else it seems somebody listens to them attentively. One example of many:

      “A police force has apologised to Islamic leaders for the “offensive” postcard advertising a new non-emergency telephone number, which shows a six-month-old trainee police dog named Rebel.”
      -UK Telegraph http://tinyurl.com/6zxldw

      1. Some years ago an employee in the UK got in trouble for having a piggy bank on their desk.

    3. I know why people use it, but I really don’t like the term “reverse racism”.

      1. The phrase “reverse racism” is a silly as The Reverse Flash, who you’d think would be like really slow.

        But he isn’t.

        1. In superman, does he reverse time cuz he is going really fast or does he reverse time cuz he is making the earth turn in the opposite direction?

          That scene always confused me.

      2. Agreed. The “reverse” is used to imply that somehow the racism is understandable, justified, excusable, or to otherwise mitigate the emotional impact of the “racist” part.

        Racism is racism. When my brother-in-law refused to let my wife talk to her own sister because she had the gall to marry a white person instead of an Indian there was no “reverse” anything. He was simply a bigot.

      3. Here we call it affirmative action.

      4. Is there a term for people who hate members of their own race more than they hate members other races, for no apparent reason. Do blacks or mexicans hate whites who live in trailer parks? I think not. Only other whites do. Do chinese or whites hate conservative blacks? When so, not as much as other blacks do.

        I don’t understand it, but that seems to be part of what happened in Rotherham.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new…..viser.html

        1. Some people use “oikophobe”, though the medical meaning is different.

  22. There must be a lot of absent fathers over there. A gun, axe, cricket bat, whatever they have over there – I would be using on assholes who thought to use my daughter this way.

    1. Yep, apparently empowering a group of people who equate paternity with oppression and want to destroy the family so people will rely on the state leads to… exactly that, basically.

      Of course, the state wants the power, but doesn’t care much for the responsibility, and it has enough power to shirk the responsibility without any short-term consequences.

    2. I think like 200,000 people live in the city.

      If this started in 1997 probably not hard to find 1400 girls with single moms over that time period in a city that large.

      From what I can tell is that the rapists selected the girls by asking them questions and befriending them and they did not seem to select many girls to rape who had fathers around.

      Is single motherhood a cultural phenomena?

      1. “Is single motherhood a cultural phenomena?”

        Welfare phenomena

  23. Derp from across the pond: Limey Prog makes chin music on Rotherham scandal

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Ks15bvNd4

  24. See, John. I told you Reason would have a Top Man doing a thorough, incisive expose on this. Scott Hackford just ripped half the UK new a holes!

    But no hat tip for poor John.

  25. English Defence League spokesmen vs. Muslim Rapper; featuring the old chestnut of “racism” against Islam:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtA21eiSmT8

    1. Skip to the 3:00 mark for Peak Derp.

      1. The derp starts right away with the white muslim british guy redefining race to mean religion.

  26. A question:

    Is the protection of unwed girls with whom you are not related from being forcibly raped a cultural phenomena or is it innately embedded in the human brain?

    1. So, you’re asking whether the British government has an inferior culture, or is composed of people with brain damage?

      Could go either way, I guess.

      1. Not what I was trying to deduce but +1 for funny.

    2. Given the frequency of rape being high and vastly varying with cultures, it must be cultural.

  27. Seriously? THIS is what you finally put out?

    A cry of racism– and an utter failure to address the failure of the police, the UK welfare and social service system, the PC multiculturalists, the UK immigration system and it’s attendant policies.

    There are so many great libertarian points to be made here–and so many examples of ‘cosmotarianism’ failing that it comes as no surprise that reason led with a crappy cry of racism–

    In 2012, there were two big cases, one involving another pack of Asian men and one involving a pack of white guys. Guess which one got the most media attention?

    Simply reading the fucking article would have had an intelligent person abandoning this. A predatory rape gang being compared to several individual rapists–and you use this to make your racist point?

    This garbage, the veiled attacks on Rand–are we gearing up for a Reason whose cover vomits forth the all too serious question, ‘Why not Warren?’

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