Slurs like ‘letter box’ are more problematic than we think: how discriminatory language travels

Gawlewicz, Anna (2018). Slurs like ‘letter box’ are more problematic than we think: how discriminatory language travels. LSE Blogs, London.

URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/09/07/slur...

Abstract

Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson generated controversy in August when he used the terms ‘letter boxes’ and ‘bank robbers’ to describe Muslim women in burkas. Anna Gawlewicz and Kasia Narkowicz argue that while Johnson received a great deal of criticism in the UK for his comments, the use of such language also has the potential to travel internationally with migrants, normalising discrimination in other countries.

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