I spent some time in Phoenix Arizona about 20 years ago. My memory is that of a typical American city – clean, tidy, well-organised, the citizens polite, friendly and helpful. [Note: Check the comment to this post from anon 1.05 who's been in Phoenix since 1961] Probably those admirable characteristics drove them to accept a group of refugees from the West-African hell-hole of Liberia. Those self-same admirable characteristics are in short supply among Africans, especially Liberians. And it hasn't taken long for the good citizens to arrive at this conclusion.
Because, accoriding to the Phoenix New Times police there have charged four youths between the ages of 9 and 14 with “brutally raping” a girl aged eight. All five are refugees from Liberia. To compound the cultural confusion, the girl’s father has refused to take her back. ‘Take her. I don't want here. She has brought shame on my family”.
The girl's 23-year-old sister is quoted in newspaper accounts as saying that she hoped the boys would be released because "they are from our (Liberian) community.”
But the Liberian Ambassador to the US, the ‘Honourable’ Nathaniel Barnes (pictured), is at pains to assure us that this incident doesn’t reflect Liberian, er, culture. "Liberians everywhere feel some sense of outrage". If the rape had occurred in Liberia instead of Phoenix, "there would be street justice. You'd have a mob."
You would – but the mob would be looking for a piece of the action, not justice. Some charities operating in Liberia suggest that up to 70% of women have been raped there, while the New York Times tells us that recent rape statistics from MSF show “28 percent involve children aged 4 or younger, and 33 percent involve children aged 5 through 12.” That is, nearly two thirds of rape victims are twelve or younger!
Some culture, huh? And I might add, this attitude (the victim of rape is to blame) is omnipresent among adherents of the Religion Of Peace. About a quarter of Liberians fall into this category. Spot a connection?
Demonstrating profound insight and empathy, Barnes adds that "no 8-year-old should have to go through that". That's very big of you, Ambassador. You really are a right old softy, aren’t you? He further demonstrates his tender side by hoping that “the crime, tragic as it is, may serve to raise awareness to the needs of refugees like the four boys accused of committing the rape. Their social and psychological needs need to be addressed".
But of course!
Now he doesn’t say by whom, but we can take it that he’s referring to the Arizona taxpayers. Just like over here, the unwilling host country is always the one having to adjust to the refugees’ cultural demands.
It should be interesting to witness the diversity contribution as these fine young gentlemen, and their comrades reach, er, maturity. Something tells me that they won't feature prominently among the region’s neurosurgeons or maths professors.
Now can anyone, anyone, give me one reason why we should not experience similar demonstrations of cultural diversity here in Ireland from those Africans currently roosting here at our expense?
Go on! I'd love to be reassured.