Joseph Harker

Joseph Harker
Joseph Harker is the Guardian's assistant comment editor. He is a former editor and publisher of the weekly newspaper, Black Briton, and previous to that was assistant editor at the Voice. He edited the Guardian's Black History Month poster series, and the Guardian book, The Legacy of Apartheid.

The different ways the media covered two cases of men grooming children for sex show how shockingly easy it is to demonise a whole community

By now surely everyone knows the case of the eight men convicted of picking vulnerable underage girls off the streets, then plying them with drink and drugs before having sex with them. A shocking story. But maybe you haven't heard. Because these sex assaults did not take place in Rochdale, where a similar story led the news for days in May,

Editor's comments - Articles like this really drive home the impact of the Islamophobic Media; the author uses this case and other promininent ones like JImmy Savile to paint a picture of the white community, in a similar way, they do to the Muslims. Is that because they want to compete for UKIP votes? I wonder after reading this article, MP’s like Jack Straw would reflect on their earlier words and feel contrite. The article can be summerised in the following statement made by the author: “If you think the claims about white people are wrong, then so is the stereotyping of Britain's Muslims, and the widespread questioning of their culture and their religion, because of the perverted actions of a few”.

Every day across Britain, it seems, there's a new and horrific revelation of sexual abuse: last week we had the guilty plea of veteran TV presenter Stuart Hall, who confessed to 14 cases of indecent assault against 13 girls, the youngest only nine years old.

Days earlier the possible scale of child abuse in north Wales children's homes was revealed. We now know there were 140 allegations of historical abuse between 1963 and 1992. A total of 84 suspected offenders have been named, and it's claimed the abuse took place across 18 children's homes.