The former Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner has said that it is time to face up to the truth when it comes to identifying grooming gangs, pointing out that the perpetrators largely share the Islamic faith.
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Writing in The Telegraph, Phillips said: “Labelling this phenomenon an ‘Asian’ crime is therefore an evasion. It also insults the largest single ethnic minority group in the UK – Hindu Indians – who consider themselves Asian, and the many East Asians who have made the UK their home. Neither group has been even remotely associated with these crimes.
“What the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising. It is not Islamophobic to point this out, any more than it would be racist to point out that the most active persecutors of LGBT people come from countries where most people are, like me, black.”
Phillips goes on to point out how some including the BBC shy away from any charges of “Islamophobia” to the point of avoiding cold hard reality.
This follows on from criticism from other quarters that the crimes are not being treated as racially-motivated when they clearly involve the targeting of young white girls.
Former Minister Mike Penning has said that: “Some of them freely admitted that their attitude to these girls was based on race. If that’s the case then this is a racially motivated crime and the sentence should and must reflect that.”
It is surely now time to do away with the politically correct culture that has crippled much of society from effectively combating this wave of horrendous criminality.