I don’t want to talk about the actions of the Texas police. I’ve made my opinion known on the various other posts elsewhere. Basically I just don’t think we have the facts one way or the other. There’s way too much uninformed speculation by all sides in the matter. And once again the media shows that they are about sensationalism and not news.
Having said that though I want to ask the question of double standards.
Consider how the media talks about two candidates seeking the Presidential nomination. Mitt Romney’s past polygamous ancestors are discussed endlessly. Barack Obama’s father, who is praised by Obama, was a polygamist as was his grandfather. None of this is discussed much at all. Almost no one talks about how weird Obama’s relatives were the way Romney’s were. (Yeah, there was a little bit of anti-Islamic vitrol by a few radical right wingers and some hints of a whispering campaign by the Clintons – but how did the media react?)
FLDS polygamists who broke off from us Mormons more than a century ago are discussed endlessly. They are often conflated with LDS. Yet African immigrants often bring polygamy with them. It’s all done in secret. It’s even described as slavery. The community is described as “very private” and “not really ready to trust us” – this by the department of Women’s Housing and Employment. And look how living conditions are described:
More typical, many immigrants said, are cramped apartments in the Bronx with many children underfoot, clashes between jealous co-wives and domestic violence. And if the household breaks up, the wives’ legal status is murky at best, with little case law to guide decisions on marital property or benefits.
Men, too, can end up in polygamous marriages reluctantly, driven by the dictates of clan and culture.
And arranged marriages? Check.
Their match, like many African marriages, had been made by their families before he left for New York.
How about underage marriage? Check.
Wed at 15 in Ivory Coast, over the telephone, to a New York City taxi driver thousands of miles away, Ms. Kante was delivered to her groom on a false passport. She said she endured his abuse for years, bore three children, turned over her paycheck from work as a health aide, and tried harder to appease him when he sent two of the children to Africa.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not justifying in the least the FLDS. Certainly not the abuse if it is as has been reported. All I’d like is a little consistency by the media. So here’s my question. Will the police be charging in to immigrant African housing the way they did the FLDS compound?