Last Wednesday, over 1,000 broadcast and print news sites began chanting in hysteric headlines that Muslim men in England, Pakistanis particularly, were prone to ‘abusing white girls!’
‘Pakistani gang jailed for raping 50 white British girls,’ cried New York Daily News. England’s Daily Telegraph led with: ‘A sex grooming gang targeted white girls because they were not part of their ‘community or religion’ said a judge.’ The BBC weighed in with ‘Split views on race issue,’ as if they were the very scales of justice, and that ‘race’ could relate to rape – but only for ‘White girls’? Then more BBC sophistry stirred the pot: ‘Grooming and race – what do we know?’
White supremacist parties waving anti-Muslim placards outside Liverpool Crown Court were unnecessary: More salacious details were blared out loud by their mainstream media.
Political economy of synchronous sensationalism
Was last week’s sensationalism timed for the next day? When all 54 police forces in England (and Wales) sent white officers, sporting baseball caps emblazoned ‘Cuts are Criminal,’ to demonstrate about imminent public danger (while calling for their better slice of the recessionary pudding). Interestingly, Police News calculated ‘16000 UK cops march against budget cuts'; while exponential BBC Channel 4 News saw ‘30000 police march through London’!
Is this how giant bureaucracies and their PR machineries order the hourly news? As every October when, just before the Pentagon’s trillions are handed over, ‘terrorist’ plots of diverse vintage are uncovered and their world made ‘safe’ for just one more budget annuity.
The moneymen, their militaries and their media work in blustery synchronization.
This ‘Pakistani’ case had been long stewing on a backburner. Last year, former home-secretary Jack Straw, still not charged for torture, claimed some UK Pakistani men saw white girls as ‘easy meat’ for sex abuse. Whether it was preferable for his English bombers and Torquemadas to make ‘easy meat’ out of all people of all ages everywhere else is another thing.
The Labor critic claimed ‘race’ had made the authorities hide the attacks! Yet the state investigation only reopened, they say, after a Muslim, ambitious Nazir Afzal, newly appointed chief crown prosecutor for North-West England, revivified an old file. Perhaps he could explain how it was that the police budget-increase ‘agitation’ occurred right after the 11-week trial ended.
The media holdup
The massive demonstration was organized by the Police Federation against ‘cuts for public safety and the disproportionate attack on policing by the government,’ meaning ‘more crime, more disorder and more anti-social behavior.’ (‘More crime’ couldn’t possibly mean: JP Morgan’s chief investment office reporting $2bn trading ‘losses,’ originating from their London team on Friday.)
We can imagine the cops saying: Look, you bail out the bankers wholesale, what about us? If dear lords and ladies shall use our bodies to keep the lid down, not just for the Olympics, share with us the loot. And if you don’t go along, here’s highly selective information we can release to sink your imperial plans and liberal poses.
But what disproportionate attack? Would only a Yaka link the two news items – one, the English police establishment opposing budget cuts threatening the safety of her majesty’s most indispensable subjects; preceded by another, rather explosive claim that Muslims are somehow more prone to organized pedophilia involving her majesty’s more vulnerable ‘white’ subjects.
Few mass media educate children and parents with the latest tools to counteract such wider abuse. Few points out: organized child abuse is common to many societies, certainly not invented with Islam in the 7th century. None recollect how early English Factories recruited and mauled children; nor the 1990s rash of news items, as capitalism sought to agglomerate pristine tucked-away white towns: those recalcitrant, exposed as dens for pedophile rings involving local authorities, from judge, sheriff, priest onwards. And none noted such practices as far more common among upper class ‘gangs’ or corporate men, with easier access to ‘privacy’ and other resources. Weren’t the 3.5 tons of foreign-office files destroyed for showing English officials as prone to torture and murder, not just in England, but worldwide?
Faced with media frenzy and praetorian pugilism souring an English Spring (…not of the Arab kind), how might a Lankan in England react: ‘We’re Lankan, not Pakistanis’? Or did they all feel their private internalized Black Homeland Security Alert System prematurely spike from a mid-May sickly orange to a deep June red. Did they have to show their ‘non-colored’ colleagues and friends a map delineating region and religion? Did the men feel: Look, this is why we came to England, after all that hollow Hello! and Unilever ‘Fair and Lovely’ saturation, for a go at real ‘white’ girls, and now we’re all let down?
Day Dreams and ‘Night Riders’
The frenzied media coverage was more than eerily deja-vu of historic headlines, particularly in the US, where alleged rape became excuse for thousands of lynchings: of ‘Desperado Indians, Black Rapists, Yellow Perils, hot-blooded Spics, Illegal Aliens’ (versus the legal aliens) trying to befoul White Womanhood; even as most women were being exploited inhumanly in factory and farm. This resort to culture, race, biology to explain political movements caused by economic fractures and fusions is now an almost all-encompassing 24-7 bourgeois pastime. Political economics is too complex to explain the world: psychologies and genes more sexy!
Carl Jung, later Hitler Germany’s chief psychotherapist, said at 1910’s 2nd Psychoanalytic Congress: ‘The psychological peculiarity of the Americans evince features… point[ing] to energetic sexual repressions – causes… found in the specific ‘American Complex,’ namely, in the living together with lower races, especially the Negroes. Living together with barbaric races exerts a suggestive effect on the laboriously tamed instinct of the white race and tends to pull it down. Hence, the need for strongly developed defensive measures, which precisely show themselves in those specific features of American culture.’
Of course, dreamy proto-fascist Jung made no reference to the genocides, slavery and misogyny that have fashioned English and Yankee waking life to its very core.
Yaka reminds: The people of the world, children, women and men, face the challenge of uniting against a capitalism aiming to rescue itself by spreading irrationality, to bloodily sacrifice many more millions in the coming years.