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The Crown Act Just Passed in Nebraska, Making Hair Discrimination Illegal

Discussion in 'News & Current Events (Articles Required)' started by SummerMadness, May 10, 2021.

  1. SummerMadness

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    The Crown Act Just Passed in Nebraska, Making Hair Discrimination Illegal
     
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    I get that there's been some discrimination against black women when it comes to hair that shouldn't have happened. But if it's not professional enough for the same work on the African continent, it shouldn't be lawfully protected as professional enough here.
     
  3. SummerMadness

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    Are you suggesting that Black hair is not professional in Africa? And why should Africa be the only standard for acceptable hairstyles? Considering the African diaspora extends to continents all over the world, and the centuries of time that Africans have spent on those continents, a hairstyle that emerged in South America is just as valid as a hairstyle that emerged in North America or Africa.
     
  4. Sketcher

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    I don't see how anyone could reasonably come to that conclusion.

    On the African continent, most people are black. They have their hairstyles. Some are appropriate for a professional office (which is very likely going to be run by black people), some likely will not be.

    If a hairstyle in Africa, where "black" hair is normal, is not appropriate for the office there, I don't see why it should be legislated as appropriate for the office here.

    What is very likely going to happen is unprofessional haircuts in professional environments, but people using skin color as a shield to defend them. This would not likely happen on the African continent, so this whole approach to me is silly.
     
  5. Nithavela

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    Is it still okay for employers to demand a certain amount of "neatness"? As in, no hair style is banned, but you it needs to be sensibly groomed, and nothing crazy like expletives shorn into the hair.
     
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    Interesting. Would a full punk mohawk cut be viewed in the same way?

    I think the upset here is that many men and women of african descent are being treated as though the hair that naturally grows out of their heads is not normal and is a distraction in a professional setting. No one should be made to feel that the way God made them is abnormal. That's just disgusting. OF course others will make their justifications and excuses, but I think most people are intelligent enough to see what's going on.

    I'm glad that brothers and sisters of Christ who simply happen to be a darker hue, are getting some of the normalcy they are due. God is on the throne, He is just, and He won the victory for us all, regardless of our melanin count, and despite our flaws and failings. We are undeserving, yes, but many times it is not for the reasons the world gives us.

    May God's Word continue to enlighten us all.
     
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  7. *Starlight*

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    I don't live in the US, but I've heard that many schools there don't allow guys to have long hair. I wonder if this law will fix that.

    The article seems mostly about black people, maybe it's just a reflection of how American pop journalists seem obsessed with racial issues lately, or if the actual law is really limited like that?
     
  8. Nithavela

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    Probably. Depends on the business and style, I guess. One can wear a mohohawk and still look respectable. For example, this here is Sascha Lobo, a well-known german political commentator:

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    I'm what you would call caucasian, and I can assure you that if I let my hair grow out naturally for a year without some input from a barber, that wouldn't fly with a bank's dresscode either.

    Nor should it.
     
  9. SongOnTheWind

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    Or it could be that something fair is finally being brought about for something that has needed rectifying for a long time.

    Be blessed :)
     
  10. SongOnTheWind

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    I'm not talking about being neat, I'm talking about being told to put chemicals in your hair, to straighten it, to wear a wig, in order to conform. And I'm pretty sure if you were a woman, you'd be allowed long hair in the workplace. Let's be fair minded here. An afro is not just a hairstyle, people of african descent have different hair, and different skin too. That does not mean they are untidy or unworthy. I'm pretty sure caucasians don't have to frizzy perm their hair if they happen to work in an african country just because it's considered the norm there. Extend the same courtesy you would expect. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

    It's just about being fair. I really don't see the problem with the decision, I think it's great. I stand with my brothers and sisters who have found it hard just to get a job because of skin tone or hair issues. We are our brothers' keeper. An injustice against one, is an injustice against all, if we are of the same body. Or should other brethren in Christ have to suffer just because they are differently made from you by the SAME God? Should anyone, who is made in His image?

    Is this the representation of unity in Christ as His body on earth, that the Lord desires? That we continue in our divisions instead?

    I'm not talking about PC culture, which is on steroids right now; I'm just talking about acknowledging what is right and fair, without even the need of getting political about it. For once the justice system is making a fair decision (which is rare anywhere in the world) which we should encourage, because we know the real fight is against the people of God.
     
  11. Nithavela

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    What's so bad about conforming?
    Please be aware that many users of this forum, myself included, are no christians.
     
  12. grasping the after wind

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    Betraying oneself or one's conscience in order to fit in would be bad. . Conforming as a matter of politeness is not bad thing but conforming out of fear is.
     
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    We all conform when we are around others. Most people conform to different groups. This is not betraying yourself, it is just showing a different part of yourself.

    If you feel you are betraying yourself when you are working, you should look for a different career. I'm a professional writer, but I would never write for something I am staunchly against, like quack medicine or far right magazines.
     
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    I think self betrayal is fairly common in regards to conformity. People say things they do not believe and do things they do not consider righteous in order to conform. Psychological studies have proven this to be the case. One could also cite mid 20th century European history as an example of mass self betrayal in attempt to conform driven by fear.
     
  15. SongOnTheWind

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    I'm sorry if you felt singled out, please be advised that I was responding to the quote, as well as making a general reply to the issue in the OP. I do hope we can all agree that humans are humans regardless of race or gender though. You don't have to be a Christian to see that, right?
     
  16. Nithavela

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    Of course. I don't think this is the issue here or in any serious question.
     
  17. SongOnTheWind

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    Having afro hair is not a crime, by the way. It's not a judicial matter about contirbuting positively to society (although it's clear that some may feel that way about it). The freedom to style it as it is should not come with a job security clause.

    There may come a time when we may all have to ask ourselves whether to conform or not conform. If we become the targets of the same scrutiny, it may suddenly reveal itself to be a lot more important than we might think.
     
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    Then I would ask you to clarify your earlier statement, if you would so choose. I hope I'm not misreading your misrepresenting your words.
     
  19. Nithavela

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    It was not a statement, it was a question if the outlawing of discrimination against hairstyles also includes hair that looks untidy and unprofessional, or completely out there in terms of color or shape.

    Or if this is just against hairstyles like an afro, dreadlocks or braids that have some cultural meaning or are the natural way some people's hair grows.
     
  20. SongOnTheWind

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    People have definitely been disqualified from the work place because of their naturally groomed hair, which have had nothing to do with it looking untidy. And if said job candidates chose to turn up to an interview sporting a mohawk? Lol. Forget about it.

    That's why this decision was made to safeguard those who have suffered for those kinds of double standards against this kind of prejudice.

    Hope that answers your question.

    Be blessed :)
     
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