Isn’t that always what the adherants of the Magic Dirt Theory say about people from other ethnic origins, in spite of all rationale and evidence to the contrary?
So it’s pleasing to see Africans embracing traditional british values towards preserving the virtue and purity of their young women.
It doesn’t escape my attention that it is the achingly righteous Guardian that is bewailing this cultural import from the dark continent.
Community workers in London, Yorkshire, Essex and the West Midlands have told the Guardian of cases in which pre-teen girls from the diaspora of several African countries are subjected to the painful, abusive and ultimately futile practice.
But my question is this: From whom do ‘they’ imagine that they are trying to protect their young women? Is it white British people? No. It’s other Africans.
British-Somali anti-FGM campaigner and psychotherapist Leyla Hussein said she has spoken to five women in her north London clinic who had been victims of breast-ironing.
Leyla Hussain: You are Somali. You are not British or even British Somali, any more than I would be Somali or Somali British if I moved there and took my cultural baggage with me.
“They were all British women, all British citizens,” Hussein said.
No, no and thrice no. Having a British passport does not make you a British woman. It makes you a Somali woman with a British passport.
We just don’t need this barbarism in this country. I can’t think of a single reciprocal benefit to this country.