FACT-CHECK: Are Asians Overrepresented in Crimes in the UK? Is Islam the Cause? Statistics & a Response to right-wing Islamophobes, Intolerant secularists (and closet Racists) | Abdullah al Andalusi | 1 November 2018
Constant reports on “Asian Grooming Gangs” by the media, have been exploited by far-right, right-wing, and intolerant left-wing factions, to stir up anit-immigrant, or more specifically, anti-Islam sentiment.
Based upon selective research, and selective definitions of certain types of crimes, It has been argued Asian Muslims are over-represented in crimes involving 1) Group activity, and 2) against minors of age 11 and above.
By using such a criteria, they ignore the full range of statistics that show that crimes committed by ONLINE groups of pedohphiles, targeting minors age UNDER 11 are almost all “White English”.
This allows them to progress to the desired end-goals of their argument, namely, to blame Islam (?!) for causing Asian Muslim men to go out and grooming young women by inviting them to drink alcohol, take drugs (with them), and fornicate (Zina) with them, passing them around their friends . It defies all logical argument to blame Islam for all the things Islam prohibits, but considering that the Nazis accused Jews in the 1930s of deliberately targeting and raping White Aryan women as part of following the talmud  – such arguments against religious minorities are not new, and follow a long tradition in Europe.
But what do the statistics say?
If the thesis is true, namely, that Islam would make Muslims commit more crimes than others, the statistics would show that the Asian population of UK commits more crimes – especially sexual offences – across the board.
[For U.S. Americans reading this, the term “Asians” in the statistics published, refers to individuals from the Indian Sub-continent, India, Bangladesh and Pakistani].
Statistics According to Most Recent Population in Census in UK (2011):
Population of UK:
Stats (obtained from attached Government statistics published by Ministry of Justice, 2017):
Convictions for Any Crimes:
Convicted and Sentenced (incl. Punishments ranging from fines, community service or imprisonment):
Violence against a person:
Those (where the gravity of the crimes was considered to merit) Sentenced to Imprisonment:
Violence against a person
There is no statistical significance that shows that “Asians” commit more crime than Whites, or are over-represented. If anything, the stats shows that “Asians” are underrepresented for All Crimes, and less likely to commit violence against a person.
1) Well not all Asians in the UK are Muslim.
True, but assuming that non-Muslim Asians commit the same rate of crime as Non-Muslim “Whites”, the statistics for Asian crime would be still disproportionately overrepresented with Asians (as, according to the thesis, Muslim Asians commit more crimes than other Asians). Seeing as this is NOT the case, either Muslim Asians commit the same (or less) crime than non-Muslim “Whites”, OR in order to make the thesis fit, that Asian Muslims do commit more crimes, this would require that non-Muslim Asians magically, have to be disproportionately more law abiding than any other ethnicity, in order to “cover” the fact that the stats don’t show “asians” are equal or less represented in crime stats.
2) Explain why 15% of the prison population is Muslim!
While prison conversions to Islam are a well known phenomena, there could be other reasons, like defendants with Muslim names receiving disproportionately severe sentences compared to other populations. In 2002, as the War of* Terror was getting started, and the military operations against Muslim countries began, the amount of Muslims in prison in was only 8%, but now it has almost doubled to 15%! Something to consider…
In America, it is demonstrably shown by statistics that African Americans certainly receive disproportionately more severe sentencing than American “Whites”.
Secondly, in the UK the stats report “Black or Black British” to be almost three times more represented in Prisons than exist in the population at large.
No one would argue (except the KKK perhaps), that there is something innate in “Blackness” that causes crimes, so likewise is equally absurd the argument that there is something innate in Islam or Muslims that causes more propensity to crime either.
The explanation to disproportionate representation for criminal activity, usually is disenfranchisement due to poverty (or discrimination) and lack of public spending on community development in areas of majorities of one ethnicity. In 1920s, the British Union of Fascists were arguing that the poor Jewish areas in East London caused a disproportionate number of crime in London. They of course, incited by their fascism, cynically blamed Judaism, when the real explanation was simply the effects of poverty.
3) Why don’t we see similar amounts of Sikhs and Hindus in Grooming gangs?
Firstly, there are more bangladeshis and Pakistanis than there are Sikh or Hindu indians in the UK.
Secondly, immigration from the Indian sub-continent came from different sources and backgrounds. After the British Empire was crippled by WW2, most Hindus and Sikhs were brought to the country to help rebuild, come from more affluent and professionally qualified backgrounds. Many individuals coming from Muslim majority countries, like Pakistan and Bangladesh, were drawn from poor or rural areas. Therefore the first generation of Muslim immigrants (from the indian sub-continent) were much poorer than their Hindu and Sikh colleagues (see point 2). And as everyone knows, poverty has a direct correlation to crime.
4) The Muslim population of the UK is around 4-5%, and if we take away Muslim women, and children from that amount, it is around 1-1.5% – so the crimes statistics are even more shocking!
Well considering that the population of the UK is 41% male (over the age of 15), but yet males comprise 95% of the prison population, and constitute the overwhelming proportion of individuals who commit sexual assault, the attempt to claim that Muslim men are even more disproportionately represented in crime (and therefore “must” be motivated by their religion) is moot.
So if this teaches us anything, it it that conspiracy theories claiming that everything a Muslim human does is because they are Muslim, and not because they are human, are wrong. The claim that Islam causes Muslims to commit crimes against non-Muslims is wrong.
People shouldn’t follow such conspiracy theories, instead, they should adopt the feminist conspiracy theory that men commit more crime due to the (the culture/ideology?) of “Toxic Masculinity”. Because as you know, since we’re all equal, the differences between the behaviour of the sexes is just “imagined” and “socially constructed”. If this is not the case, and there is actually natural differences (caused by, natures steroid: testosterone) and nature isn’t equal, we’ll have to revise our theories of equality, and we don’t want to do that – so let’s stick with the (conspiracy) theory that there must be a “culture” or “ideology” that makes men 20 times more likely to commit violent crimes than women.
So to all you far-right Islamophobes out there: why be a fascist, when you can be a feminist? The methodology of interpreting facts is the same, just slanted towards a different conclusion. Instead of telling people to be on guard against Muslims, you can just tell people to be on guard against #All Men
[Note – sarcasm]
To read my arguments on the issue of “Grooming Gangs” see here: