Monday, February 26, 2007
Racism... or not?
What is your opinion on this story? An 11 year old Ottawa girl was told she could not play in her soccer tournament unless she removed her hijab. She was told the head scarf was a physical threat to the other players. (Her coach proceeded to pull out the entire team and forfeit the tournament). Seeing as the ref was a Muslim himself, I hardly doubt it had to do with racism. When we play volleyball, we are asked to remove all our jewellery - I take off my cross that I wear around my neck, and my wedding band and engagement ring, as well as other jewellery. I don't question whether the ref has something against me being Greek Orthodox. I do think it's stupid that I have to take off my necklace and rings, (what damange can be done if I wear them?) but because I want to play volleyball, I listen to the ref. We even have to take out our earrings, as small as they may be. So I see the ref's point in asking this girl to remove her head scarf, which I can see causing far more damage than jewellery. And I don't think it is racist at all. What do you think?