Sikh lawmaker gets applause after telling Johnson to apologize for 'racist remarks' about Muslim women

"We can fully appreciate the hurt and pain of already vulnerable Muslim women when they are described as looking li...

A Sikh lawmaker on Wednesday called for United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson to apologize for the “derogatory and racist remarks” he made last year about Muslim women.

Speaking during Johnson’s first formal question-and-answer session in the House of Commons, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi excoriated the Tory leader for the way he described Muslim women in a newspaper column. In it, Johnson compared women wearing burqas to “letterboxes” or “bank robbers.” 

“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 who became the Commons' first turbaned Sikh in 2017, 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?” 

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

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