A couple of days ago I posted a translated news story about an attack by immigrants on the Danish child star Sandra Monique. Henrik Ræder Clausen has kindly translated a follow-up editorial from Jyllands-Posten about the incident:
The 12-year old singer Sandra Monique from Århus, who reached second place in the children’s music awards (MGP) on television, has been the victim of pure and uncompromising evil. A group of slightly older children, whom she shares neither school nor club with, recently lay in ambush and assaulted her. The most aggressive of the assailants appears to have been an Arab girl, who tried to suffocate her. The doctors from the emergency room testified that she had been in mortal danger.
The assault on the girl is fully documented, as a boy in the group recorded the entire scene with his mobile phone and passed it along to friends, who could then take delight in the humiliation of the child star.
Not only physically. Also psychologically, for the influence on artists by reviews in printed or electronic media is negligible compared to the foul language thrown at the artists in forums such as YouTube.
In these forums, the artists are told in plain language not only what the anonymous writers think of them, but also what they would like to do to them. Victims of this deserve immediate crisis assistance and compensation. According to the law [Constitution], freedom of expression is not void of responsibility, and it has never been legal to terrorize others. Except, apparently, on YouTube and other so-called “social media”.
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This has nothing to do with common sense, but looks more like incitement to violence, and is an expression of children without standards who use this to express their limitless and sick jealousy towards the MGP finalist.
It is good that Sandra and her mother, Donna Monique, have chosen openness about what happened. Also for the mother this has been an experience of total powerlessness. She tried to appeal to the conscience of the young, but they responded merely with threats of more violence.
The mother also tried, which should be perfectly normal, to appeal to the mother of the Arab girl in order to stop the violent assaults on her daughter. No luck here. The mother of the Arab girl refused to acknowledge that the assault had even taken place, and it appears that she has given the same explanation to the police.
How does one deal with persons so immune to reason? In the western end of Århus there apparently exists a culture of violence demanding respect. From the victims.
The mother calls for legislative changes to make it possible to punish the cold and calculating evil.
The perpetrators know perfectly well that they’re below the age of full legal responsibility, and they are fully aware that the social workers, whom they already know all too well, will be deciding the consequences.
They do not seem to have any significant fear of these consequences, and this is perhaps the most worrisome, that their conscience is gone, too. The police may investigate the case, but with the full knowledge that no court case will come of it.
Some may wish that the schools be given the resources and methods to provide the children with at least some norms and manners. Norms that fit the society they should be part of, but obviously are not.