Writing intermittently on life, politics, and society

A specific problem

Recently, Jack Straw made some comments about white girls being seen as “easy meat” by Pakistani rapists that made me feel some kind of way.

My thoughts are still rather raw, so forgive the incoherent structure.

It seems to me that Straw has tried to give structural explanations for the choices made by the kind of gangs he describes – which is better than a lot of punditry involving race and culture. Still I’m left wondering if the failings of society at large aren’t being projected onto a minority community based on the actions of a tiny criminal element in that community.

If, as straw says, young Asian men are like any others, why are the cultural differences the most salient explanation? Why not urge a conversation about how women are viewed in British society as a whole?


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