Sarfraz Mansoor’s – New York Times Publication

Very good and thought provoking piece:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/opinion/multiculturalism-and-rape-in-rotherham.html?_r=0

NYT Sarfraz 16_09_2014Thanks to our spotter Regular Reader.

14 thoughts on “Sarfraz Mansoor’s – New York Times Publication

  1. The writer of this article is someone I follow on Twitter. He recently contacted Jahanghir on Twitter to ask him to get in touch – wonder if it was in relation to researching this article?

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      • I am not going through all the possible cultural influences that might have led to, in this case, the perpetrators mainly being from the same ethnic origin.
        We have, rightly, talked about the victims being, generally, from the most disenfranchised poor working class, but racism, poverty, type of employment, and alienation must play some role in the abusers’ case as well.
        There isn’t an electoral ward in Rotherham, as far as I am aware, where Asian Muslims are the majority. Actually I think White British are, in the majority in the (more central ) wards of higher ethnic or religious minorities. Things could be better, but I don’t think we are all living completely segregated lives. Actually surveys have shown generally white British are less inclined to want to mix with other ethnic groups.
        Again on child sex offenders (not having the figures for Rotherham) overall the majority are probably white, for example there was the similar case in Rochdale where a large proportion of gang “groomers” were from similar backgrounds to the Rotherham ones, but the (dispropotiate ) majority of overall child sex offenders in the Greater Manchester area were white.
        Professor Jay said this was likely to be going on in many towns and cities around the country, she didn’t say only where there is a Pakistani community. Recent examples of gang grooming in North Yorkshire and Penzance, where the abusers were all white.

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        • The thing that is different is the grooming goes onto child rape and trafficking for the purposes of prostitution that extends well out of South Yorkshire!

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  2. First class article. Well done to RR and rothpol.
    Sarfaz Mansoor articulates the questions RMBC and SYP should have asked but dismally failed to do and his penetrative analysis is the best I’ve read to date.

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  3. I think he’s hit the nail on the head about segregation being part of the cause. But, as he goes on to imply, the segregation was not total (neither was it the only factor). The Pakistani/kashmiri community butted up against another culture in crisis: the white working class. The naivety of our present form of multiculturalism is that it puts cultures side by side, never thinking that they are going to challenge and/or change one another and/or that there will be friction points. As if two people marrying and living together would not modify one another’s behaviour. Each and every culture is affirmed uncritically, without objective examination of any unhealthy aspects. Liberal left philosophy, at heart, is permissive, relativistic and unchallenging, hence the establishments inability to face down (or even face) the abuse. Creating an ethical vacuum into which repression and exploitation rush. Add to that moral cowardice, a political elite insulating themselves against the worst effects of their own disastrous policies through physical, social and economic seperation (itself a bit ironic given their advocacy of multicultural interchange), and you have a recipe for complacency. Add in the intergenerational failure to transmit values, also common to indigenous British culture, with many victims coming from socially disadvantaged, dysfunctional and impoverished backgrounds, and you have a social disaster with people at the bottom bearing the pain. Alongside rehabilitation and help for survivors and justice against perpetrators, we need a total overhaul of our economy, social structures and political systems to re-enfranchise marginalised groups across the spectrum. We need justice and ordinary folk to take charge, basically.

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