It’s just a piece of cloth.
So why the commotion over the Conservative government placing a ban on the face-covering niqab at citizenship swearing-in ceremonies?
Some might even argue a token ban in one specific ceremony has little to no bearing on women wearing a niqab in public.
But the niqab carries tremendous political and social symbolism. This means judicious restriction on its use by the government can deliver a potent message about what it values.
This message is neither racist nor sexist.