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WorldBoris Johnson Refuses To Apologize For Racist Comments On Muslim Women

03:00  05 september  2019
03:00  05 september  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.com

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to apologize for Islamophobic comments he wrote in 2018 comparing Muslim women in burqas to letterboxes Johnson ’s column called a Danish ban on burqas “heavy-handed,” but said it was ridiculous that Muslim women “choose to go around looking

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to apologize for Islamophobic comments he wrote in 2018 comparing Muslim women in burqas to letterboxes and bank robbers.

Boris Johnson Refuses To Apologize For Racist Comments On Muslim Women© Thomson Reuters Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons in London, Britain September 4, 2019. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

Member of Parliament Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was applauded in the House of Commons Wednesday for demanding an apology from Johnson over an article he wrote for The Daily Telegraph last year. Johnson’s column called a Danish ban on burqas “heavy-handed,” but said it was ridiculous that Muslim women “choose to go around looking like letterboxes” and suggested women wearing burqas look like “bank robbers.”

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In his first Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson came under fire for “ racist ” comments he has made in the past. Opposition Member of Parliament Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who is Sikh and wears a turban, demanded that the prime minister apologize for comments about Muslim women in a

Boris Johnson refused to apologise for offensive language used in his journalism after being accused of contributing to ‘race hate’. The prime minister defended describing Muslim women wearing the burqa as looking like letterboxes, saying he was making a ‘liberal case for women being allowed

Johnson, however, refused to apologize, arguing his column actually defended Muslim women’s rights.

Singh Dhesi questioned whether Johnson’s comments befit a member of Parliament, or any public official.

“Mr. Speaker, if I decide to wear a turban, or you decide to wear a cross, or he decides to wear a kippah or a skullcap, or she decides to wear a hijab or a burqa,” Singh Dhesi said, motioning around the room. “Does that mean it is open season for right honorable members of this house to make derogatory and divisive remarks about our appearance?”

Singh Dhesi said he and others who have grown up hearing Islamophobic slurs “can appreciate full well the pain felt by already-vulnerable Muslim women when they are described as looking like bank robbers and letterboxes.”

A recent study cited data showing a surge in Islamophobic incidents in Britain in the week after Johnson’s column was published.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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