It's not race, it's men and power
Poor, vulnerable children are still considered worthless in civilised society.
Published 31/08/2014 | 02:30
There are occasions when it's difficult to believe in the onward march of human good. Or that our so-called civilisation has managed to eradicate the Hobbsian dystopia of a life that can - oh so easily - become nasty, brutish and short. Sometimes it's very hard to hope that "the next 20 years will be better" to quote a cynical but spot-on David Hume.
Revelations such as we've seen from the Yorkshire town of Rotherham this week makes one wonder if mankind has learned anything over the centuries. It seems we haven't. When Christ said "suffer little children" and that "the poor will always be with us" it's probably a fair bet that he didn't mean for us to treat poor children as a sub-species. To abuse them relentlessly and then ignore their pleas for mercy and justice. And yet, that's what we've done. What we continue to do.
There's been a lot of discussion about the "race" issue in the horrifying details about what occurred in Rotherham. And certainly, ethnicity is a factor; the criminals were Pakistani, their attitudes to women the basest misogyny, their victims overwhelmingly white, but the assumption unifying this case and many others which concern the appalling treatment of children is that of "worthlessness".