Petition to help girl with dreadlocks get a job at SixFlags

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Don't know if this has gotten circulated yet -- It's a petition for a girl with dreadlocks who was denied a job at SixFlags because she was told her hair was an "extreme" hairstyle. <-- I *believe* all of that is accurate, but you can get the info from the girl herself and perhaps sign her petition here:
Economic Justice Petition: Six Flags: Stop Discriminating Against People With Dreadlocks | Change.org
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Lots of places have restrictions on employee personal grooming, facial hair, piercings, etc. You can't even wear nail polish, except for clear, if you work at Six Flags (or at least that was the case several years ago). They can have any dress code they want. Lame but true.
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I signed.

ETA: I'd always thought that people wearing locs considered it more of a way of life than a so-called style. She basically confirmed that with this:

Locks are predominantly worn by African-American, Caribbean and African people as an expression of how our hair grows naturally. My hair is important to me and part of who I am. I’ve had locks for about five years. Being disqualified as a potential employee because of my hair made me feel defeated; as my hair is representation of my personal growth through the years. It hurts to hear major employers like Six Flags call my natural hair and texture “extreme.” Unfortunately, throughout history, many people have demonized locks


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Lots of places have restrictions on employee personal grooming, facial hair, piercings, etc. You can't even wear nail polish, except for clear, if you work at Six Flags (or at least that was the case several years ago). They can have any dress code they want. Lame but true.
Originally Posted by MoppyT
No, not necessarily. Not if they are racially/culturally discriminatory.

And I believe some of this kind of stuff is, esp. locs.
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I think it would be discriminatory if they didn't allow natural african-american hair, but I don't think it's discriminatory to disallow one kind of hair style even if it's one worn by predominately one racial/ethnic group. Mohawks are also not allowed--from my experiences (without any research to back this up) those are worn predominantly by white people.

I don't think Six Flags is calling her natural hair and texture extreme. I think they're calling the particular style that she is choosing to wear her hair and texture extreme (which, for the record, I don't think it is). She could choose other styles and it would be fine.

Actually, I guess that's the key point. If she could choose other styles (and not styles that involve chemical straightening or anything) and be able to meet the dress codes, with her natural hair type, then I don't think it's discriminatory. If there are no options for her hair type, then I think it is.
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I think it would be discriminatory if they didn't allow natural african-american hair, but I don't think it's discriminatory to disallow one kind of hair style even if it's one worn by predominately one racial/ethnic group. Mohawks are also not allowed--from my experiences (without any research to back this up) those are worn predominantly by white people.

I don't think Six Flags is calling her natural hair and texture extreme. I think they're calling the particular style that she is choosing to wear her hair and texture extreme (which, for the record, I don't think it is). She could choose other styles and it would be fine.

Actually, I guess that's the key point. If she could choose other styles (and not styles that involve chemical straightening or anything) and be able to meet the dress codes, with her natural hair type, then I don't think it's discriminatory. If there are no options for her hair type, then I think it is.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
No, the key point is that if type 4 (African) people allow their hair to grow and do not use European-style combs, the hair will loc. That that is the natural condition for type 4 hair if it's not cut or constantly manipulated.

And another key point is that some African people like wearing locs to highight and glorify their African heritage and features.

And another key point is that it is a religious requirement if you are rastafarian (Afro-caribbean religion).

It's one more way White society is telling Black people they have to struggle against their Blackness to be acceptable.
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I guess I see it as a mindset thing, meaning it's something that can be changed and so that's what she's trying to achieve with creating this petition. I personally couldn't care less about hair, whether it's mohawks, locs, bobs, or anything else you want to do with it (as long as it's not ending up in my food ), so seeing an employee at SixFlags with locs wouldn't faze me as a paying customer one way or the other.

I saw the petition as an opportunity to assure SixFlags that their customers don't have a problem, so they shouldn't either. I mean I seriously think money is the concern for most businesses as far as this kind of thing goes. If they weren't afraid of dreadlocs somehow effecting their bottom line, I don't think it would be part of their policy. --> Hey, SixFlags. No need to worry. I'll still take my kids to your theme park this summer if you hire people with locs.
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I actually have seen more white people than black with dreads around here though black people are a small minority here. I thought the style originated in Ireland but I can't be sure. That's just what I've heard. I've come to see it as more of a Californication type thing that spans all races and ethnicities because that's who I typically see wearing them. I realize though that it's widely seen as a black hairstyle. That's just not how I saw it at first. I think it's a bunk rule regardless. I'll sign.
i'd actually have to see the locs first.
Not that it makes it right, but its Six Flags. What kind of image are they trying to have?
No, the key point is that if type 4 (African) people allow their hair to grow and do not use European-style combs, the hair will loc. That that is the natural condition for type 4 hair if it's not cut or constantly manipulated.

And another key point is that some African people like wearing locs to highight and glorify their African heritage and features.

And another key point is that it is a religious requirement if you are rastafarian (Afro-caribbean religion).

It's one more way White society is telling Black people they have to struggle against their Blackness to be acceptable.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
But wouldn't most people's hair loc up if they don't use a comb at all? I knew I white girl who's hair wasn't even curly, just wavy, and it grew natural dreadlocks if she let it be. Also, I don't think what happens to 4a hair that just isn't combed (the "natural condition") is the same as the beautiful locs that people grow.....my 4a hair would turn into one single giant matted knot. I don't really see the racial angle as much.

But I agree with you on the religious point. Also that it's a stupid rule, like a company refusing to hire someone with a short hairstsyle. Signing the petition on those grounds
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AS spiderlashes pointed out, some religions wear locks. By not allowing locks is discrimination.

I would like to see her dreads. if they are neat and well kept, i cant see the problem. I have see dreads that are neat and well kept and from a distance look more like braids. This make sme wonder do six flags also ban braids. I actually dont understand why six flags has a problem with hairstyles at all. The six falgs i use to go to was a hot mess and the last thing they sound worry about is employees hairstyles when their rides were constantly breaking down, the park was littered with trash, and a brand new roller coastered malfunctured resulting in someones death. These are the reasons I choose not to go to six flags. not because someine operating a ride has a mohawk or dreads. but i guess six flags has their priorities.

Also why are these hairstyles banned? I get companies can have a dress code or what have you, but if someone is neat and clean why are they prohibited to wear these styles? I know a dude with a mohawk who is a senior accounted at a big accounting firm. I know several people with dreads with goverment jobs. They work with very conservative people and they have no problem with their hairstyles of choice, so why does six flags?

sidenote: Freeforming locks is creating by not combing or brushing resulting in a matted appearance. but the more "manicured" kind are made by twisting the hair. I had an african american history teacher with dreads. the first known dreads are dates back to east africa and some parts of north africa.
But wouldn't most people's hair loc up if they don't use a comb at all? I knew I white girl who's hair wasn't even curly, just wavy, and it grew natural dreadlocks if she let it be. Also, I don't think what happens to 4a hair that just isn't combed (the "natural condition") is the same as the beautiful locs that people grow.....my 4a hair would turn into one single giant matted knot. I don't really see the racial angle as much.

But I agree with you on the religious point. Also that it's a stupid rule, like a company refusing to hire someone with a short hairstsyle. Signing the petition on those grounds
Originally Posted by triple_spiral
No, I think it would take years and deliberate efforts for type 1 or 2 hair to loc. Basic grooming would prevent that.

In the US, Black people w/ locs generally part and twist their hair to form the loc in the pattern they want (and alow it to hang and swing, too). But that's an aesthetic choice...but either way, type 4 hair will loc.

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Yeah, dreadlocks originated in Ireland...

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These corporate dress codes are all so racist and full of ish. Jewelry in the ears is OK but not on the face. Long straight shiny hair is OK but not locs. A bob is OK but not an afro. A headband is OK but not beads. A sports jacket is Ok but not a dashiki. Candles are Ok but not incense. Pumps are Ok but not sandals. A spray tan is OK but not a tattoo.

Give me a break.
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This is bs. I might write directly to Six Flags instead of signing that.
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Yeah, dreadlocks originated in Ireland...
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000

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It's just what I've heard, that it was a traditionally Celtic hairstyle. No need to be nasty about it. Like someone else said, I don't see the racial angle as much. (shrugs) That is not to say it's not a relevant concern. I'm not saying that at all. From *my perspective* the style is worn by a certain segment of the population that spans all races and ethnicities.
Um, no, won't sign. I see plenty of white people, probably more so than black people wearing locs. I do not think this policy is racially discriminatory on it's face. As long as it's applied equally across the board without regard to any person's "race" that wore them, what's the issue and where is the discrimination? Are there white folks with 'em working there?

As to where this hairstyle originated, I have no idea but I personally do not think it would take all that long for any hair type to lock up if it's not being combed or brushed.

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The reason I signed has more to do with religion. Dreadlocks are associated with the Rastafari movement, in choosing to not hire someone who wears locs Six Flags is giving someone the golden key to a massive lawsuit where they can claim discrimination on the grounds of religious bias. Additionally, my hair is loced (I probably will never work at Six Flags), but to refuse to hire someone because of their hairstyle is a bias whether implied or explicit. Even here in JA where locs are as common as relaxed hair some employers still refuse to hire people who wear this hairstyle. One thing that I have always admired about U.S. hiring practices is that disclaimer that is usually found of the bottom of application of forms about non-discriminatory hiring practices, I have often wished the same applied here. To me, Six Flags is marring that standard, and it should be held to the same rule as all other employers.

So, my point is: to refuse to hire someone based on the fact that they sport locs can be seen as tantamount to religious bias.
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