Braintree: Bus company investigates racism claim

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree: Bus company investigates racism claim Braintree: Bus company investigates racism claim

A muslim woman claims she was not allowed on to a bus because she was wearing a head scarf.

Mel Walker, 31, alleges she was prevented from boarding the number 70 bus from Braintree High Street at 1.30pm on Friday, despite arriving in plenty of time for the service and seats being available.

It was the first time Ms Walker of Brickbarns in Great Leighs had worn a headscarf in public and believes she was the victim of a racist incident.

First Bus say they are aware of the incident and have launched a full investigation.

To read full story, see this week's Times.

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11:04pm Sat 2 Jun 12

venturoboy says...

As far as I am aware muslims are not a race, so how can this be racist?
As far as I am aware muslims are not a race, so how can this be racist? venturoboy

5:00pm Mon 4 Jun 12

Bit_Bytr says...

Spot on, 'venturoboy'. Thing is, though, it still (MIGHT) be discrimination if not racially oriented. And that's not alright, is it?

Seems to me, however, another suspect story from the Brainless and Witless given the paucity of information from reporter-at-large Taylor. My mother often wears a headscarf - simply because she's an older lady still following older (1950s British) tradition and perhaps also to keep her hair from blowing all over the shop! She's a Roman Catholic and has never been discriminated for wearing a head scarf! In fact, it was mandatory to wear one in the church on a Sunday. So, this seems like the usual crock of smelly stuff offered up by the BWT as "news".

Stay calm and smile knowingly...
Spot on, 'venturoboy'. Thing is, though, it still (MIGHT) be discrimination if not racially oriented. And that's not alright, is it? Seems to me, however, another suspect story from the Brainless and Witless given the paucity of information from reporter-at-large Taylor. My mother often wears a headscarf - simply because she's an older lady still following older (1950s British) tradition and perhaps also to keep her hair from blowing all over the shop! She's a Roman Catholic and has never been discriminated for wearing a head scarf! In fact, it was mandatory to wear one in the church on a Sunday. So, this seems like the usual crock of smelly stuff offered up by the BWT as "news". Stay calm and smile knowingly... Bit_Bytr

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