Again and again, TKC always advocates for LIBERTY and this push back against employers dress codes is a good thing for ALL WORKERS. Moreover, we reference The Twins from The Matrix to highlight that even white dudes can use this legislation for personal expression in the workplace.
Also, I guess Captian Jack Sparrow might relate to this discussion as well even if he's his own boss and a bit of an entrepeneur.
Here's the word . . .
City of Kansas City, Missouri Passes Bill Banning Race-Based Hairstyle Discrimination
CROWN Act Legislation Introduced by Kansas City Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw and Councilwoman Melissa Robinson passes unanimously.
Kansas City, Mo. – Shirley’s Kitchen Cabinet (Shirley’s KC) - a nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to amplifying the voices and power of Black women around issues is proud to announce the City of Kansas City unanimously passed the CROWN Act, legislation introduced by Council women Ryana Parks-Shaw and Melissa Robinson that expands opportunities for Black Kansas Citians to have greater access to employment and educational opportunities by strengthening discrimination ordinances. Resolution 200837 bans discrimination based on a person’s hair texture or style that is associated with a specific race or ethnicity.
The City of Kansas City Missouri is only the second city to pass the ordinance in the nation.
“We are beyond excited to see local leaders stand in the gap, step in and lead to create greater equity in our beloved city ,” said Michele L. Watley, Founder of Shirley’s Kitchen Cabinet. “There was great support by the entire council and with the passage of this legislation, they live the values of equity and inclusion they speak about.”
The proposed legislation mirrors measures passed in California, New York and New Jersey called the “Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair,” or (CROWN) Act, an act that prohibits employers and educational institutions from enforcing purportedly “race neutral” grooming policies that disproportionately impact Black women and Black people.
There are highly publicized cases of discrimination based on hairstyles in the work place and schools across the US. Tyree Bayan, a student seeking employment in Kansas City said he was denied a job because of his locs, although according to management Tyree was "100 percent a qualified candidate." In December 2019, a white referee forced a New Jersey high school student to cut off his locs or forfeit a wrestling match and in 2018, a six-year-old in Florida was not allowed into a school because of his locs. “While all women experience pressure to conform to certain standards of appearance, Black women are unfairly impacted,” Dove wrote in a press release. “Black women are 50% more likely to be sent home or know of a black woman sent home from the workplace because of her hair.”
For more information about the campaign to end hair discrimination, please visit https://www.shirleyskitchencabinet.org/crownact
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Here's an even better movie that reminds us white dudes with dreds can be quite formidable and now garner extra workplace protection under local law.
Accordingly, here's more serious coverage for more thoughtful denizens of our blog community . . . And notice that news media actually have this legislation wrong given that there's no specific racial designation in this legislation . . . In fact, the whole point was to prevent any discrimination based on a person’s hair texture or style that is associated with a specific race or ethnicity.
Developing . . .