Today’s Tarot is the VII of Swords, deception, using the enemy’s own weapons against him. In this case, a class-stratified, masculinist society allows children to be exploited, then blames the human-rights movements of recent decades.
This week the news broke about Rotherham, a town in England that ignored child sexual abuse, torture and exploitation for 16 years. It hardly seem believable. This story cries out for real news reporters to get past the ‘what’ to the ‘how’ and ‘why’ parents and authorities allowed this organized crime to hide in plain sight. Perhaps a clue is ‘organized’. There are parallels to the Catholic Church scandals and other religious and secular groups that sell an alternate version of reality to adults while isolating children. Just a quick read suggests that the perpetrators targeted vulnerable children. The ‘delinquents’ and those whose parents were not able or willing to protect them. Their child protective system clearly failed, as did their law enforcement, and their schools as well.
I first heard this story on NPR, which was parroting the Daily Mail’s conclusion that anti-racism is to blame even though there were two previous reports of child abuse that the town authorities failed to act on.
From the Daily Mail-
The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared they would be seen as racist, a report said today.
Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the council commissioned review into child protection revealed.
And shockingly, more than a third of the cases were already know to agencies.
But according to the report’s author: ‘several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist’.
The Daily Mail is what you would get if Fox News married the National Enquirer. It’s discouraging to hear NPR mindlessly repeating what the Daily Mail cherry-picked from a complex story that will ultimately show failures on every level. Child abuse? Never happened before those politically correct anti-racists made the authorities too afraid to pursue criminals with brown skins. That’s why British prisons are whiter than a bake sale in Utah. Oh, wait, not.
This is the same country where a Brazilian man was shot multiple times in the head by police because he was seen running to catch a subway train. And an American Fox News commentator responded with admiration, because even though de Menezez was innocent the British cops were man enough to shoot first and ask questions later.
But the Daily Mail wants the public to know that the way to protect the children is MORE RACISM! It’s just a shame that NPR did not apply their BS filter before reporting this story, or even check the source.