Rap music, goat curry and why crying racism won't help us beat black crime

Rap music, goat curry and why crying racism won't help us beat black crime

By KWASI KWARTENG

Rod Liddle is what Americans might call a 'shock jock'. He's a journalist who has cornered the market in boorish controversy. 

In normal circumstances, his inflammatory comments are best taken with a large pinch of salt. But his latest outburst, delivered on his online blog, has caused particular offence.

Responding to a news story about two black youths who conspired to push a pregnant woman into a canal as part of a failed murder plot, he wrote that '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 for all this crime, says Liddle, the black community has given Britain 'rap music, goat curry and a far more vibrant and diverse understanding of cultures which were once alien to us. For which, many thanks'. (Sarcasm is one of Liddle's trademarks).

Rod Liddle's comments have inflamed debate on black crime

Even by his own standards, these comments have created a firestorm of controversy, inciting outrage and accusations of racism from all quarters....

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