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Sikh Lawmaker Takes Down Boris Johnson Over Racist Remarks


British-Sikh MP gets applause after telling Boris Johnson to apologize for ‘racist remarks’ about Muslim women

Britain’s first turbaned Sikh MP, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, demanded that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologize for derogatory and racist remarks against Muslim women in the past.

In a fiery intervention during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons, Mr. Dhesi received rapturous applause from fellow Opposition Labour party MPs as he made a passionate speech about enduring such attacks related to his turban while growing up in Britain.

Boris Johnson once compared women wearing burqas to “letterboxes” or “bank robbers.”

Britain’s First Sikh MP’s Remarks

“For those of us who from a young age have had to endure and face up to being called names such as towel-head, or Taliban, or coming from bongo-bongo land, we can fully appreciate the hurt and pain of already vulnerable Muslim women when they are described as looking like bank robbers and letterboxes,” Singh, a Labour Party politician said before Parliament.

“So rather than hide behind sham and whitewash investigations, when will the prime minister finally apologize for his derogatory and racist remarks?” 

Mr. Singh went on to ask Boris Johnson when he would order an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, noting that it was something he had promised on national television. These comments quickly ignited a round of applause from fellow lawmakers.

Boris Johnson’s Comments

Monitoring group MAMA [Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks] had unveiled research earlier this week which claimed that Islamophobic incidents rose by 375 percent in the week after Boris Johnson’s references to the burqa as “oppressive” in the newspaper column.

“If you tell me that the burka [burqa] is oppressive, then I am with you… I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes,” he wrote at the time.

Mr. Singh received adulation on Twitter for taking this bold step

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