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High Visibility Burqa

City officials did not create a unique "crossing guard burqa" in order to avoid a discrimination lawsuit.

Published Dec. 7, 2015

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[green-label]Claim:[/green-label] City officials created a "crossing guard burqa" uniform in order to avoid a discrimination lawsuit.


[green-label]Example:[/green-label] [green-small][Collected via e-mail, December 2015][/green-small]

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[green-label]Origins:[/green-label] In December 2015, a photograph purportedly showing a Muslim woman in a special burqa-inspired crossing guard outfit circulated online along with the claim that the outfit was created by a unidentified city government official in order to deter an impending discrimination lawsuit:

A Muslim dressed in a burka applied for a crossing guard position. She didn't want the job, her intentions were to sue the city "as she was positive that they would not allow her to wear a burka on the job". A smart government official gave her the job, but he came up with the most unique uniform for her. The reflective material is a standard for all traffic guards in that city. She quit the job at the end of day one.

The above-displayed crossing guard outfit, however, was not created by a city official in order to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. Rather, the outfit was created by Italian artist Marco Biagini as a piece of performance art entitled "High Visibility Burqa." The photograph of it was likely taken in May 2015, during the Biennale of Arts in Venice:

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A model wears a dress called 'High Visibility Burqa' during a performance of Italian artist Marco Biagini during the 56th Biennale of Arts in Venice, Italy, 08 May 2015.

Biagini's work was also displayed in New York in December 2015:


[green-label]Last updated:[/green-label] 7 December 2015

[green-label]Originally published:[/green-label] 7 December 2015

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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