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Viewpoint: Thank Goodness My Dreadlocks are Protected
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It got lost as the pandemic emerged but certainly needs to be mentioned. Thankfully the dedicated, Colorado legislature and governor’s office have their ducks in a row. In addition to planning what to do in pandemics the powers that be are making certain that truth, justice and the American way is reflected in Colorado law.

The latest example of legislative time well spent is the passage of the CROWN act. Colorado has become the 5th state in the union to sign the act which prohibits discrimination based on hair styles.

Yes, ladies and gentleman another pillar of discrimination has fallen. No longer can you discriminate because of “African-American” hairstyles as Aurora Democrat Rhonda Fields put it.

There will be no keeping down the person who sports dreadlocks, mullets, shaves their head bald, or covers up bald spots with hair from other parts of the head that will still grow hair. Is this the final area of discrimination? Have we finally as a civilization removed every possible way that one man can keep his fellow man tromped down, squashed into the gutter because of their hairstyle?

It is too bad this law was not in effect when those boyish Beatles rolled into America. My dad, for instance, stated emphatically that he didn’t mind their music if he just didn’t have to look at them. That disdain for their hairstyle now carries the discrimination tag it so richly deserves. Of course, the Beatles hairstyle certainly kept them from achievement of any kind. Poor Blokes.

But, alas, our work is not finished. When will the legislation be forthcoming that prohibits discrimination because someone prefers one color of hair over another? Let those who yell, “blonde”, or “brunette”, or “redhead”, be relegated to prison for their discriminatory preference.

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