By Dennis Prager
It was recently revealed that between 1997 and 2013, at least 1,400 girls — in just one relatively small English city (Rotherham, population 275,000) had been raped by gangs of men over the past decade.
“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. There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls, as young as 11, were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.”
Police incompetence was a factor, but not the primary reason.
The primary reason was political correctness. It turns out that the perpetrators were all, or nearly all, of “Pakistani heritage” and the girls were all, or nearly all, white.
This explanation is not that of conservatives alone. Virtually everyone, including media and politicians on the British left, acknowledge that this is the reason. What neither they nor the American left have acknowledged is that political correctness was created and is sustained by the left.
It is a testament to the lack of self-awareness on the left that it experiences no cognitive dissonance. The New York Times and other left-wing media have thoroughly reported this story and the fact that political correctness is to blame for the ongoing atrocities against these girls. Yet they are oblivious to the fact that they are the very ones who created the moral monsters known as political correctness, multiculturalism and diversity — the doctrines that forbid judging non-whites, Muslims and others by the same moral standards as whites and Christians.
These left-wing doctrines made 16 years of gang rapes of English girls possible.
In 2002, a Labor Party MP from nearby Keighley, Ann Cryer, complained to the police about “young Asian lads” raping girls in her constituency. In her words, she “was shunned by elements of her party.” And note, that as is demanded by the left in the U.K., she didn’t even mention that the rapists were Pakistani, lest Muslims be blamed for this evil. They were “Asian lads.”
And, for the record, her attempts to get local imams to intervene with the men failed; she was called a racist.
National Review editor Rich Lowry reports that, “In a BBC documentary, the author of a 2002 report to the Rotherham council on the scandal said her work was quashed. When she noted that the perpetrators were from the Pakistani community, a colleague told her ‘you must never refer to that again — you must never refer to Asian men.’ She was sent to diversity training and, by her account, nearly fired.”
British Home Secretary Theresa May told Parliament that “institutionalized political correctness” was responsible for the lack of attention given to the mass rape.
In 2001, Jack Straw, then-MP from Brighton, and formerly U.K. home secretary, announced that “there is a specific problem which involves Pakistani heritage men … who target vulnerable young white girls.” Straw was dismissed by the left. For example, Keith Vaz, a Labour MP, told the BBC: “I disagree with Jack Straw … I don’t think you can stereotype an entire community.”
The immediate case that prompted Straw’s statement was the conviction of two Brits of Pakistani heritage on charges of rape. Multiculturalism and political correctness clearly infected the judge in that case. He “said he did not believe the crimes were ‘racially aggravated,’ adding that the race of the victims and their abusers was ‘coincidental.’”
Lies are to political correctness, multiculturalism and diversity what water is to fish.
From the Guardian in 2001: “Retired detective chief superintendent Max McLean, who led a previous police investigation into sexual exploitation involving the grooming and trafficking of young girls in Leeds, questioned whether it was a cultural problem” (italics added).
Perhaps the retired Detective Chief Superintendent is unaware of the following from his own country (as reported last week in the New York Times):
“The same [as in Rotherham] was true in recent prosecutions in Oxford, in southern England, and the northern towns of Oldham and Rochdale, where nine men of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Afghan origin were given long prison sentences in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls. Investigators in Scotland have reportedly uncovered a similar pattern of abuse.”
So why did the judge “question whether it was a cultural problem”?
Because, morally judging cultures (except Christian, Israeli and American cultures), is forbidden by the left. Indeed not judging non-Western cultures is the very definition of “multiculturalism.”
And finally, from the same report: Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of Muslim organization the Ramadhan Foundation, “to suggest that this is somehow ingrained in the community is deeply offensive.”
“Offensive?” But what — Mr. Shafiq — if it’s true?
The answer is clear and important. For the multicultural left and the victim-status groups it defends — and for the millions of young people the Left has indoctrinated at schools and universities — whether something is true is not what matters. What matters is whether it can be deemed offensive by the left.
Some 1,400 girls were raped by gangs of men — “[While one girl was being raped] the rest of the men, all in their 20s, stood over her, cheering and jeering, and blinding her with the flash of their cameras” — thanks to leftism’s morality-denying doctrine of multiculturalism.
This is all but one more example of the most important moral rule since the beginning of the 20th century: Almost everything the left touches is either damaged or ruined.
In this case, it was the lives of 1,400 English girls.
This column was originally posted on Townhall.com.