Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Congress Tries to Ban Hair Discrimination

You probably think Congress is preoccupied with concerns about the Ukraine war. Nope.

The Hill reports:

The House fell short of passing legislation on Monday that would prohibit discrimination against people with hair styles associated with a particular race or national origin.

Democrats set a vote on the bill, titled the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, or CROWN, Act under a fast-track process used for noncontroversial bills that required a two-thirds supermajority for passage. While the bill clinched a simple majority, 235-188, it did not meet the two-thirds threshold due to GOP opposition.

It's possible that House Democrats will bring up the bill for a vote again later, but under a process where they only need a simple majority to send it to the Senate.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), the bill's author, argued it's essential to formally ban hair discrimination because African Americans are often penalized under workplace and school dress code policies for having natural hairstyles such as afros, braids and cornrows.

"Far too often, Black people, especially Black women and girls, are derided or deemed unprofessional simply because their hair does not conform to white beauty standards," Watson Coleman said on the House floor.

"Our natural hair is as innate a quality of Black people as the presence of melanin in our skin. Discriminating against our hair is no different is no different than discriminating against the color of our skin," she said.

Apparently a lot of Black women are neurotic about their hair. Not sure what that is all about.

Nobody cares about the melanin in their skin, so the analogy is silly.

First we have to get that Black hair on the Supreme Court:

As President Joe Biden prepares to make good on his promise to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, more than a dozen black female lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Thursday called on him to select a nominee committed to advancing civil rights. ...

"The appointment of a Black woman justice with an established record of working to advance racial justice and eradicating entrenched white supremacy is of the utmost importance in reviving the Supreme Court's credibility," more than a dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus said.

I thought her job would be to follow the law and decide case. No, it will be to eradicate entrenched White supremacy, whatever that is.

The Russia haters have trying to convince everyone to change pronunciation of the Ukraine capital:

Kiev or Kyiv?

As Russian forces menace the Ukrainian capital and thousands flee, the very least onlookers around the world can do is learn how to say the name of the city under siege.

The short answer is simple: Ukrainians call their capital “Kyiv” (kee-yiv), the spelling, a transliteration of the Ukrainian Київ. The Russian version is “Kiev” (kee-yev).

When I hear gripes like there, I assume that they don't have any real problems to complain about.

Update: The House vote was 220-188 for the Bad Hair Bill. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 30, 2021 by a vote of 23 to 15.

It is hard to take any Black complaints seriously, as long as they push silly laws like this.

Ketanji Brown Jackson may be the wrong person to eradicate White supremacy, since she is married to a White man. Jackson is the name of her surgeon husband. But maybe she can help interpret the legal effect of the Bad Hair Bill! She probably artificially straightens her hair.

More bad race-baiting laws are coming. The Wash. Post reports:

More than three decades after it was first introduced, a House bill that would create a commission to study reparations for Black Americans has the votes to pass, its key champions say.

That broad support, they contend, shows that the idea of reparations has gone from the fringes to the mainstream of American politics.

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