The overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community. In return, we have rap music, goat curry and a far more vibrant and diverse understanding of cultures which were once alien to us. For which, many thanks.And the reason he could say it was because it was true; he subsequently produced conclusive statistics collected by the police themselves that proved his point. It may be an uncomfortable and unpleasant fact for the many good and law-abiding people from the Afro-Carib community to face, but there it is. Let's get it into the open and deal with it.
French Le Figaro columnist and journalist Éric Zemmour in contrast has just been convicted by a French court for saying on a TV chatshow talking about police stop-and-search
But why are they stopped 17 times? Why? Because most dealers are blacks and Arabs. That's a fact.So why could Rod say what Éric can't? Because under the French system of blind equality, it's illegal for the French police to collect stats on the ethnic or racial origins of offenders; all French drug dealers are equally French. To say otherwise is to break the law. French prison governors must rely on their powers of clairvoyance in estimating the number of prayer mats and Korans that their inmates will require.
Whilst it's absolutely right that slandering an ethnic or racial group to provoke racial hatred is a crime under UK law, all the corrective equalities and diversities training in the world won't change the reality that some ethnic groups are more disposed to commit some crimes than others or more are successful in cornering some part of the criminal market. And anyone who can read the 'Standard' over a period of time can work out that Turks dominate the convictions field for heroin dealing, Vietnamese for cannabis farming, Romanians for organised pickpocketing and so on. To hide this from us, the press would have to avoid naming or picturing the convicted.
And why our way is better than France's is that in France I couldn't have written the paragraph above without risking criminal prosecution.