I was brushing up on my French earlier today only to be confronted with a polarizing phrase.
The sentence translates into “They called the police.”
Why is the character depicted wearing a hijab? Why would anyone be calling the police? What is the message that is being conveyed here?
Is this the type of message Duolingo wants to have on their app? I am not accusing Duolingo of any wrongdoing. I am, however, making the point that: the character displayed being associated with the sentence is extremely insensitive.
I would have never expected that an app that allows us to learn different languages and promotes multiculturalism would be so careless.
Duolingo, I am asking you to take this down. Not on my behalf, but on the current conditions the world is facing with Islamophobia.