Southwest Airlines is apologizing after a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf was pulled off a flight on Sunday because a flight attendant thought she heard her say into her cell phone: “It’s a go.”
Irum Abbasi, a San Jose University graduate student, was slated to fly at 8:15 a.m. from San Diego when she hurriedly finished a phone call to a Verizon representative by saying sharply, “I have to go,” Edgar Hopida, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, tells AOL Travel News.
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I wonder whether this is something like a racist version of the McGurk Effect. The McGurk effect occurs when there is a mismatch between the signals received by two different senses; for example, when the sound we hear is “ba” but the lips we see moving are making “fa” movements (video example at the link). When this happens, we interpret the sound as “fa.”
If we have racist implicit biases/shemas, and we hear a completely innocent and common phrase, perhaps this is interpreted according to the racist implicit schemas?
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