Asian pimps, Channel 4 and the BNP

Julie Bindel has an article in the current edition of Standpoint regarding the issue of the Asian pimp gangs that exist in some midland and northern towns in England, who exploit mostly local working-class white teenage girls. As I mentioned in yesterday’s article on Islamic education, this has nothing really to do with religion; there is a criminal class in every society and British Pakistanis are no exception. Two such men were jailed yesterday for the sexual abuse of a number of girls in Derby.

Bindel complains that anti-child abuse campaigns shy away from emphasising the Asian ethnicity of the men responsible, for fear of being accused of racism, and that Channel 4 put off showing a documentary about the situation in 2004:

Unfortunately, the reluctance of the various anti-child abuse campaigns and charities to engage openly with the fact that, in the north of England, the majority of men involved in child-grooming criminal gangs are Pakistani Muslim means that racist organisations such as the BNP hijack the issue.

“The fact that these particular gangs are made up of Pakistani men is significant but not in the way racists would have us believe,” says one child protection expert who asked not to be named. “While the BNP would have us believe that abusing white girls is an endemic part of these men’s culture — which it absolutely is not — the truth is that these men are aware that the police do not want to be accused of racism in today’s climate.”

In 2004, Channel 4 withdrew Edge of the City, its controversial documentary made by Annie Hall that depicted parents trying to stop groups of young Asian men grooming white girls as young as 11 for sex. It had been seized on by the BNP as a party political broadcast.

Colin Cramphorn, the then Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, joined groups such as Unite against Fascism in calling for the documentary to be withdrawn. Channel 4 complied, saying that the issue was not censorship but timing because of the proximity with the local and European elections. But many argued at the time that the delay in transmission had strengthened the case of the BNP.

After the film was withdrawn, one of the mothers sent Annie Hall a text message: “It’s a real shame when votes come before young girls’ lives.”

Why on earth would a channel withdraw a documentary on a racially sensitive issue, in an area with a history of racial tension (much more recent in 2004 than now), just before an election? Well, because racists do not care about subtleties such as that this is a small minority of Asian criminals who are not typical of Asians in general and who, despite their Muslim names, are certainly not representative of the behaviour of Muslims; they would boil it down to a simple matter of “Muslims abusing white girls” and circulate a whole lot of lies about what Muslims believe it is acceptable to do to non-Muslim women and so on, in much the same way as Nazis of a previous era would have turned any story about an unscrupulous Jewish shopkeeper into an opportunity to portray Jews in general as bloodsuckers. Edge of the City was eventually screened in August 2004, after the election, so it is not as if they entirely backed down from the issue; they just did it when it was too late for the BNP to exploit it.

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