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This pic, used by Swedish Sports Confederation, was removed after criticism that it supported the veiling of young girls, and that, to some, showing a veiled girl with a gun was linked to terrorism. Pic taken at sports day where kids were allowed to test different activities.
One of the people who criticized the picture, the Chair of the Swedish Swimming Federation, said that the picture, encouraged "honor oppression: genital mutilation, child marriage and honor violence." Today, she resigned because of those comments.
A comment from a former member of the committee responsible for Stockholm's Olympic bid: "If you ignore the little light-haired boy in the background, and he looked like I did when I was small, you would think that this is a recruiting ad for a militant organization." A disgrace.
I love the argument that it's the young girl with a veil in this Swedish as who makes it look like a "recruiting ad for a militant organization." I can tell you that, in the US, it's the blond-haired boy who would be far more likely than the veiled girl to grow up and shoot you.
Much of the criticism comes from those who talk about failure to "integrate," then smear kids trying to integrate as terrorists. As Swedish journalist @niklasorrenius wrote, we should discuss veiling, but when you link it to innocent kids as terrorists, you've crossed the line.
Even the Chair of the organization that published the image, the Swedish Sports Confederation, said it was a poor decision to use it as "weapons and a veil makes you think about IS (Islamic State)." Because, you know, no-one in the world has ever been shot by a white man.
So, a girl joins a sports activity with other kids, only to be told by leading Swedish sports authorities that she looks like a terrorist. When people talk about immigrants not "integrating," consider how bigoted comments like these could dissuade immigrants from participating.
It seems so, so obvious, but let's say it again....integration is a two-way street. When those who do "integrate" are still met with discrimination and resistance, then the clear message is sent to immigrants that, actually, nothing they do will be enough to satisfy some people.
Was this image of a veiled woman with a sword considered to be like a recruiting ad for extremists? It shows Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic medalist in fencing for the United States of America.
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