Jan 9 2011
Once again, truth is the new hate speech. Jack Straw’s comments have been attacked by fellow Labour MPs who said his comments “perpetuated racist attitudes.”
Except Islam is not a race.
SKY NEWS—The Blackburn MP talked of a “specific problem” involving Pakistani men who were “fizzing and popping with testosterone”. Mr Straw spoke after two Muslim men who subjected a series of vulnerable girls to rapes and sexual assaults were given indefinite jail terms.
The pair led a group of men who befriended girls aged from 12 to 18 in the Derby area and groomed them for sex. The judge said he did not believe Saddique and Liaqat’s crimes were “racially aggravated”.
But Mr Straw told Sky News: “There is an undeniable problem with some Pakistani-heritage men targeting vulnerable white girls. “These white girls almost exclusively come from chaotic families, some are in care. Otherwise they would not be out on the streets, aged 12, 13, 14.”
Mr Straw said he believed the young men were targeting white girls because Pakistani-heritage girls were “off limits.” So they then seek other avenues and they see these young women, white girls who are vulnerable, some of them in care… who they think are easy meat.”
He called for a high-level investigation of such grooming across the UK and said nothing was gained by “lecturing communities about culture”. Mr Mahmood added: “It is not fair for Jack to make these anecdotal comments. Let’s get some evidence before we start saying these things. “All we are doing at the moment, with what Jack has said, is perpetrating racists attitudes towards the Pakistani community.”
However Ann Cryer, former Labour MP for Keighley, supported Mr Straw’s comments and said the Pakistani community should work to eradicate the problem.
She told Sky News: “There is no point saying the mosques should do it because these are not mosque men. “But the mosques could have influence on the families of these men and tell them their behaviour is unIslamic, inhuman as well. (But their behavior is not unIslamic, it comes right out of the Muslim holy books)