So, the whole Jack Straw thing. As I said in the other thread, I don't really think Straw was trying to be racist, and was genuinely trying to start a 'debate' on it. He wasn't ordering people to remove their veils - he just said he asked it. However, I think a lot of the backlash has crossed over into being racist, and most of the stuff that followed was really fucked. I think a lot of this blame has to lie with Muslin community leaders for their stupid (and in my opinion provocative) response which wound the whole thing up.
For context, I'm not one of the super anti-Islam anarchos - I think the French ban is racist and wrong, and I think the teaching assistant (especially since the stuff about kids complaining was apparently made up) being fired was done in a racist manner.
What do other people think?
Am I wrong on the Straw?
On the teaching assistant?
Do Muslim community leaders share a portion of the blame?