by Naz Shah
"So seeing a headline which says “British Pakistanis ARE raping white girls...and we must face up to it” is beyond personal to me.
Such an incendiary headline and article is not only irresponsible but also sets a very dangerous precedent and must be challenged. Let me explain why. Where another community is over-represented within a model of criminality, like for example, in cases of wider child abuse, where nearly 90 per cent of the perpetrators are white men we wouldn’t suggest that white people “are raping children” or use the whole community to describe the actions of a few criminals. That would not only be horrific but ridiculous.
I also have two sons. Blanket racially loaded statements like these set them up to fail before they even reach their teenage years.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am the first to challenge wrong wherever it happens. This includes within my own Pakistani community. I continue to challenge the patriarchal system and misogyny in the face of death threats – and I am not about to stop, that I can assure you.
But what I won’t accept, or tolerate, is a narrative that demonises every Pakistani man as a rapist. I won’t."