Criminalizing common sense

Here’s a bizarre story from the Daily Mail about a school in Manchester, England: A 14-year-old girl was taken in by the police for questioning on charges of racism because she asked her science teacher to group her with English-speaking students. Codie Stott had been assigned to work with five students, most of them new immigrants from Pakistan who spoke no English. The other students began talking in Urdu. Codie asked to change groups. It was just “common sense,” she says. She couldn’t understand the discussion. Accusing her of racism, the teacher reported her to the police, who came for her a week later.

They told me to take my laces out of my shoes and remove my jewellery, and I had my fingerprints and photograph taken,” said Codie. “It was awful.”

After questioning on suspicion of committing a section five racial public order offence, her mother Nicola says she was placed in a bare cell for three-and-a-half hours then released without charge.

“Insiders” say several of the students in Codie’s group didn’t speak English but also say she later referred to them as “blacks.” She denies she said that.

Last April a ten-year-old boy in the same school district was charged with racism for allegedly calling a mixed-race classmate a ‘Paki’ and ‘Bin Laden’ in a playground argument.

When the case came before District Judge Jonathan Finestein he said the decision to prosecute showed “how stupid the whole system is getting.”

I very much doubt that criminalizing rudeness — and common sense — will improve the racial climate in Britain.

Update: A Muslim teacher in Yorkshire was suspended for refusing to remove her veil in class. Her elementary students said they couldn’t understand her without seeing her lips move. The Muslim Council pointed out that Muslim women are not required to wear veils or even head scarves in the presence of children.

Via The Ed Wonks.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    It is probably a good idea to look at the result, actual or most likely, of a course of action to determine the actor’s intent.

    If the result and the professed intent differ, the actor is probably lying.

    If this is frequently the case, then what we see in the PC/multiculti stuff like the case in point is not improvement but destruction.

    Balkanization is the goal, and the destruction of the country as it currently is will follow, and you don’t have to nag many lefties or multicultis, or catch them before coffee or after wine, to find they aren’t at all worried that things may fall apart.
    They’ll start in on how miserable things now are, with all of the Accredited Victims’ Groups being oppressed, suppressed, repressed and depressed.
    Must end this racist system, and so forth.

    The other possibility is tha they really believe what they say, which, if they are capable of tying their shoes, is not the way to bet.

  2. Indigo Warrior says:

    Victims’ Groups being oppressed, suppressed, repressed and depressed.

    Groups are never oppressed. People are. In many cases, this oppression is caused by being in a certain group – or by not being in a certain group.

    Must end this racist system, and so forth.

    Yes, we must end this system of racism, tribalism, and group-think.

    Let’s look at this particular case.

    I would assume that the mission of an public school in Manchester, England is teaching of English, not Urdu. In no way were those five Asian students pressured or even encouraged to speak English. I don’t blame them for this incident, after all, it was not them but the teacher who cried racism.

    Had a white student pulled a knife on another white student when no teacher was looking, I really doubt the knife-wielder would have been arrested and treated like the criminal he was. If an Urdu student pulled a knife, he would have even less chance of punishment, particularly if the intended victim was also Urdu or another minority. Such is the “logic” of political correctness.

    A certain amount of segregation might have helped. Students whose English proficiency is poor or nonexistent need different sort of education than ones fluent in English. Also, the more racially conscious students (of any race) belong in their own schools, where they are less likely to be offended by others.

  3. Richard Nieporent says:

    No jail for burglars

    Burglars will be allowed to escape without punishment under new instructions sent to all police forces. Police have been told they can let them off the threat of a court appearance and instead allow them to go with a caution.

    The same leniency will be shown to criminals responsible for more than 60 other different offences, ranging from arson through vandalism to sex with underage girls.

    Some serious offences – including burglary of a shop or office, threatening to kill, actual bodily harm, and possession of Class A drugs such as heroin or cocaine – may now be dealt with by caution if police decide that would be the best approach.

    And a string of crimes including common assault, threatening behaviour, sex with an underage girl or boy, and taking a car without its owner’s consent, should normally be dealt with by a caution, the circular said.

    Now I understand why the UK instituted this policy. Obviously they need to martial their manpower to arrest heinous criminals such as Codie Scott.

    Do I really have to say that they are stark raving mad?

  4. Richard Aubrey says:


    Wrong. Accredited Victims’ Groups are mistreated. By the group. See what happens to any member of the group who fails to insist he/she/heshe is being done wrong. Or acts is if it has not been done wrong. Or as if the being done wrong hasn’t been a problem.

  5. Wayne Martin says:

    > Groups are never oppressed ..

    Hmmm .. tell that to the Tutsis of Rwanda ..

    In about 50 years there are going to be some very interesting PhD papers written on the late country of Britain .. that committed suicide in the name of “democracy”.

  6. mike from oregon says:

    If we keep rolling over to the PC crowd in this country, that same degree of stupidity will soon be here.


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