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article imageOp-Ed: UK anti-‘hate crime’ industry set for massive expansion

By Alexander Baron     Jul 7, 2013 in Crime
Bacup - Six years ago, a Goth named Sophie Lancaster was murdered by a group of thugs, apparently because of the way she dressed and looked. Now, a new industry is being launched off the back of this tragedy.
What is a Goth? A modern Goth is, well, it's basically in the way they dress, but it's more than simply fashion, it's music, and other things. It remains to be seen if it can truly be called a lifestyle or a culture, but in comparison with punks, yer actual Goth seems fairly tame. Anyone who remembers the genesis of punk: its rebelliousness, the deliberately offensive behaviour - including on live TV - will be in total agreement with that statement.
Goth fashion is also quite...fashionable, though Sophie Lancaster was certainly guilty of crimes against fashion by boring holes in her lips and nose, but it remains to be seen if crimes of that nature warranted someone jumping up and down on her head.
In 2009, her family set up the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. A small charity, in 2011 it had an income of only slightly over fifty thousand pounds, and doubtless the people running it mean well.
Alas, even the most noble of causes can be hijacked. The campaign for racial justice, little things like the right to vote, the right to hold public office, the right to the protection of the rule of law, has long since transmuted into ludicrous crusades which find racism in every disapproving glance or manipulated statistic. Since homosexuals were granted the right to do unspeakable things to each other in private places, the love that dare not speak its name has been shouting it from the rooftops and simply won't shut up. Now they even want to join the Boy Scouts of America, and guess what, this fine organisation is throwing in the towel.
The UK is far more politically correct than the US, and we are now likely to see campaigns against anti-Gothicism, perhaps legislation aimed at protecting the rights of Goths in the workplace, even Gothic quotas.
Another group who have jumped on the bandwagon are the disabled. One might suspect that people who are seriously physically disabled are targeted for abuse, including especially property crimes, solely or mainly because they are easy targets, the same way prostitutes are often easy targets for serial killers. Not so, at least that is what we are led to believe. On July 17 there will be a conference on disability hate crime in Bromley. The police will be in attendance to run interactive training sessions. The conference is being organised by Community Links Bromley, and a four page leaflet advertising it was recently distributed through the Borough's libraries. This leaflet includes a staged photograph of a black man with his arm around a white girl, apparently comforting her as a silhouetted gang of hoodies stands in the background. Let's hope this Good Samaritan doesn't get attacked by the Beckenham branch of the Ku Klux Klan. Or even worse, charged with sexual harassment for inappropriate touching.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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