Britain Sex Rings

July 1, 2012 - 12:37 AM
In this Wednesday, May 16, 2012 photo, pedestrians walk past town hall in Rochdale, England. The story of the abused Rochdale girls is tragic by any measure, but it has also become explosive. Because there is no getting around its racial subtext: The girls are white, and the men who used them for sex are Asian Muslims, mostly Pakistanis raised in Britain. Louis Kushnick, founder of the race relations resource center at the University of Manchester, said it has become convenient for white residents - including those beyond the far-right movement - to blame Muslims for the sex crimes. That view overlooks all the problems that left the girls vulnerable in the first place, he says, citing a deficient school system and a government-backed child care regime riddled with neglect and abuse. And he says the prolonged economic downturn has intensified resentments, with whites and Asians competing for the same "crap" jobs. "Blaming the Muslims lets us avoid addressing these questions,” he says. "Once we blame 'The Other,' we think we have an explanation that makes sense." (AP Photo/Jon Super)