We have written about the rape crisis in Rotherham, England. There, over a period of years, more than 1,400 girls, many of them pre-teens, were raped and trafficked by a loose consortium of men. The men were all Muslim immigrants or sons of immigrants, mainly from Pakistan. The girls were all, or nearly all, white. When the scandal finally came to light in 2014, city officials said that they had been reluctant to do anything about the problem for fear of being accused of racism.
Sarah Champion represents Rotherham. Until recently she was Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities.
She lost that job because, as befits her portfolio, she spoke plainly — though not as plainly as she might have — about the rape problem that plagues the city she represents and many other towns. In an August 10 article for The Sun, Champion wrote, Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.” She continued:
There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?
For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up.
No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage.
We have to have grown-up conversations, however unpalatable, or in six months’ time we will be having this same scenario all over again.
Champion went on to describe the futility of her efforts to persuade the powers-that-be to address the problem. Champion wrote the article, she explained, in the hope of finally prompting corrective action.
As Bruce Bawer at PJ Media observes, Champion made no mention of Islam, surely the religion of the Pakistani rapists, or most of them. But this was not sufficient to save her.
After Naz Shah, her Labour MP colleague, ginned up a storm over the issue, Champion apologized for her article and claimed that the Sun had “stripped it” of “nuance.”
That wasn’t good enough. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, forced Champion to resign from her post as shadow minister.
The upshot? Maggie Oliver, a police officer who has investigated grooming gangs in Rochdale, says that “generations of children have been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. As Oliver explained, Shah and her allies have fired “a warning shot to anyone else who dares speak the truth, that they may lose their jobs; it merely serves to shut down all debate.”
There’s more. Bawer reports that shortly after Champion’s downfall, Shah read the following statement on a Twitter account bearing the name of leftist journalist Owen Jones:
Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.
Jones hadn’t actually tweeted this. The tweet came from a parody account that mocked Jones.
Shah didn’t realize this, though — understandably, given the extent to which modern identity leftism has become indistinguishable from parody. Thus, Shah clicked “like” on the tweet and shared it on her own Twitter feed.
Has the Labour Party taken any action against Shah for publicly supporting the view that rape victims need to remain silent for the good of diversity? Apparently not, says Bawer.
He also points out that Shah has written several anti-Semitic tweets, one of which suggested that Israel be “relocate[d]” to a small corner of the “U.S.” In response, her Party gave her a gentle slap on the wrist, after which Corbyn welcomed her warmly back into his inner circle.
As Bawer concludes, in Britain’s Labour Party, it’s okay to call for the destruction of Israel and for the silencing of child rape victims. However, it is not okay to speak truthfully about the religion, or even the national origin, of those who are creating a living hell for young English girls by committing rape and other forms of sexual abuse en masse.