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Bill protecting Black hairstyles from
discrimination passes Legislature,
awaits Inslee’s signature

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Posted By: Ron_lfp, 3/7/2020 9:02:51 PM

OLYMPIA — A bill to prohibit discrimination in Washington based on hair texture, specifically targeting hairstyles traditionally worn by Black people, is awaiting the Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature. House Bill 2602 would amend the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) so that race includes “traits historically associated or perceived to be associated with race,” specifically citing hairstyles including Afros, braids, locs and twists. It passed the Legislature on March 4, with a Senate vote of 38-9.


Taking time off from raising taxes (while they have over $1 billion unexpected revenue) for important things.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: BRADCRO 3/7/2020 9:11:53 PM (No. 339948)
So blacks can't be blonds or redheads any more?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1 3/7/2020 9:15:36 PM (No. 339953)
Long dreadlocks around large lathes or other rapidly spinning shafts or high-voltage lines. What could go wrong?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: hoosierblue 3/7/2020 9:31:57 PM (No. 339964)
Yes comrade, you WILL think as I tell you!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 3/7/2020 9:44:24 PM (No. 339968)
When you encounter one of those dos, don't you just want to take a match to it?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Muncsdad 3/7/2020 9:44:29 PM (No. 339969)
To quote one of my favorite philosophers: F O O L! (Mr. T)...
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Grounded 3/7/2020 9:55:26 PM (No. 339979)
Washington State is Ground Zero for people dying from coronavirus infections and the powers that be are occupying themselves with dreads and 'fros.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 3/7/2020 10:05:49 PM (No. 339986)
#2, self policing.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hazymac 3/7/2020 10:18:26 PM (No. 339996)
It's all a process.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: anniebc 3/7/2020 10:34:19 PM (No. 340003)
How stupid?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: KTWO 3/7/2020 10:56:59 PM (No. 340012)
Seems a bit much. A business should not tell blacks or other group that they are not welcome. OTOH a business should not be required to offer a specific product or specific service. e.g. An auto mechanic might repair Hondas but not Buicks. And only engines, not brakes. Details count. Maybe the Bill makes some sense. But don't bet the farm on that.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Newtsche 3/7/2020 11:22:20 PM (No. 340019)
There's more at work here than meets the eye. I'm not sure what many blacks are disturbingly obsessed with, their hair or their shoes. Some sort of self-absorption gone very wrong.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: NotaBene 3/8/2020 3:08:45 AM (No. 340057)
Gov. Jay Inslee is a snake.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: wilarrbie 3/8/2020 3:29:10 AM (No. 340063)
How prevalent a problem was this that it needed legislature to remedy?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: 4Justice 3/8/2020 6:59:26 AM (No. 340094)
It's one of those things where there may have been two instances where people were inappropriately told that their hairstyle did not fit the situation. So, the rather overzealous "there ought to be a law" folks decided to create some ridiculous legislation to pander to the professional victims, who could have just taken it to court themselves and probably would have won anyway. But Nooooo, they had to make a law about it. Ugh
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Reply 15 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 3/8/2020 8:48:33 AM (No. 340152)
We are DOOMED as a people when this is what our "leaders" come up with as serious answers to our problems! Wow!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: udanja99 3/8/2020 9:50:58 AM (No. 340218)
Seattle is only slightly less filthy than SanFran, with homeless camps and feces and needles in the streets and THIS is what the government is focused on?????
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Reply 17 - Posted by: MickTurn 3/8/2020 9:51:12 AM (No. 340219)
Fine, then after you set up your Hair 3' tall and 4' wide, you can't smoke, you then become a major 'hair on fire' hazard!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: paral04 3/8/2020 11:17:13 AM (No. 340305)
What a pack of idiots! Here people are dying from Corona Virus and they focus on this.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: jacksin5 3/8/2020 12:01:17 PM (No. 340355)
Next will be facial tattoos, multiple piercings, etc. Any business having a Dress Code is about to be targeted with Discrimination Lawsuits.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: DVC 3/8/2020 12:13:13 PM (No. 340375)
So, you have to love a disgusting dirty wad of a mop and have to employ people like that, even if it drives away customers. Personally, if there were a waitress or waiter with huge dredlocks....I'd leave the restaurant, don't want that filth near my food.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: grampus 3/8/2020 12:14:54 PM (No. 340377)
The democratic sage, Ocasio, complained that if hairdo-justice is assured in the case of Afros, it also must be assured for Euros.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: heartsurgeon 3/8/2020 3:13:13 PM (No. 340515)
“traits historically associated or perceived to be associated with race,” What does that even mean legally ?
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