[Marxism] Exploiting women for reactionary and race-baiting campaigns (was: Hundreds of sexual assaults in Cologne - what the hell happened – any answers from German list members?)

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 19:20:00 MST 2016

Everyone is conflating the issue of sexual violence against women with the
question of the attackers' culture, their religion, immigration, etc. It
has gotten to the point that one poster submitted an article penned by the
leader of a notoriously anti-Muslim organization in the UK, and others on
the list are explicitly making the issue about the attackers' (presumed)
religious and ethnic backgrounds.

How anyone -- including Marxists -- can turn the issue of a dark-skinned
person engaging in rape in Germany into an issue of whether or not the
religious beliefs of people in other parts of the world encourage rape is
mindboggling and, by definition, xenophobic. It assumes that immigrant
groups in any part of the world are simply extensions of the cultures they
or their ancestors lived with in different contexts, ignoring the fact that
immigrant communities are very much a part of the communities in which they
live -- and, in cases like this, in which some of them carried out at least
one rape.

The fact that women are attacked anywhere by anyone is disgusting -- and as
I pointed out, along with the articles that have been posted by Andrew and
John Passant, that culture of rape has a long history in Germany alone, and
in particular in party culture (Oktoberfest, fraternities, etc). Rapes may
not happen at the same rate in every part of the world. But as far as what
happened in Cologne, that kind of sexual violence -- gang rapes by
party-goers -- is unfortunately infrequent in many parts of Europe and
North America.

Others seem to think that making this analogy is itself disrespectful to
women and their experiences in some way. Why? That is exactly what happened
here: party-goers decided to get drunk, rowdy, and rape-y. Somehow, the
same terrible crimes that are pervasive in youth party culture were
re-written into a story about hundreds of Arab men forming a horde,
rampaging through the streets of Cologne raping every white woman in sight.
That is, outside of being ridiculous, so obviously racist and reminiscent
of the kinds of rumor-mongering about Africans in the United States, that I
am astonished that others on the list would embrace such a narrative. I'm
also surprised at how instinctively defensive others on the list have been.
Merely pointing out that racist tropes are being used by the far-right to
exaggerate this crime (from one rape and pervasive sexual harassment by
thirty men into hundreds of rapes by thousands of men) is being conflated
with defending or downplaying the crime itself. Rape is always wrong -- and
so are racist and xenophobic explanations for rape culture.

- Amith

On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 10:55 AM, Lüko Willms <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>

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> on Sonntag, 10. Januar 2016 at 18:18, Dennis Brasky via Marxism wrote:
> > ANY man, whatever social class or ethnicity, that sexually attacks a
> woman,
> > must be severely dealt with. I'm open to a long jail sentence - or worse!
>    like a life sentence or death for touching the buttock, for example?
>   And please not, the reactionary campaign does not talk about ordinary
> white men molesting women, or even raping.
>   No, only "North African and Arab" men are being target. Not special
> rights for women are being asked, but special punishments for Muslims.
> > Ditto for those involved in lynchings/pogroms against Muslims, or any
> other
> > oppressed nationality.
>   Remember how sexual relations of Blacks with "white" women were a
> central tenet of the US-american racist, and probably still is, and have
> again and again been used as a pretext for lynching.
>   A repetition of that is going on in Germany, and spreading world wide.
> And you want to side with the lynch mobs? Since that is the question!
>   The Ku Kux Klan is obviously still virulent, and found an echo among
> some people writing on this list.
> Cheers,
> Lüko Willms
> Frankfurt/Main, Germany
> http://www.mlwerke.de
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