When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

For wearing their hair in braids, two teenagers were threatened with suspension at their charter school. Similar incidents show that strict dress codes can punish students for their racial identity.

…According to Colleen Cook, administrators at Mystic Valley have routinely reprimanded black students for dress code violations involving hair.

Other black girls have been pulled out of class, she says, lined up, asked if they had hair extensions and given detention if they did.

Colleen remembers when one student, who wore her hair in its natural texture, was taken out of class and told that she would need to relax, or chemically straighten, her hair before returning to school the next day.

In defense of their daughters, the Cooks brought in a yearbook to show school leaders the many white female students with hair extensions and dyed hair.

But, the Cooks say, the administration didn’t see that those students were in violation of the dress code, stating those hair alterations weren’t as obvious.

…”I feel like the school is pushing us to raise them as white children, but that’s not who they are or who they’re going to be.”

When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code : NPR Ed : NPR

Criminalizing being black starts at an early age. I hope the Cooks sue the school into stone age. If the school system insists on disrupting the education of young people who happen to be black, then in all fairness everyone else’s education needs to be disrupted as well.

Teacher at Mormon University Loses Job Over Pro-LGBT Facebook Post 

Ruthie Robertson, an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, refused to retract her supportive Pride Month post.

…She mentioned that the Bible’s book of Leviticus, which has verses often used to condemn homosexuality, also prohibits the wearing of garments made from two kinds of fabric, and teaches that women are unclean during their menstrual periods and for a time after childbirth.

“None of this is archaic, sexist, or totally illogical at all though, right?” Robertson wrote. “God commanded these things, so we need to make sure we make these into policies as well! What I’m trying convey is that we like to pick and choose from the scriptures, and if we choose to use the Old Testament as a defense for condemning homosexuality … there’s a whole lot more we need to be condemning as well.”

“This is my official announcement and declaration that I believe heterosexuality and homosexuality are both natural and neither is sinful,” she continued. “I will never support the phrase ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ because that ‘sin’ is part of who that person is. Homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins; if God made us, and those are part of who we are then God created that as well.”

Robertson, a lifelong Mormon and BYUI alum, added that the LDS Church has changed policies on other issues, so she hopes it will someday change its approach to LGBT people. “I will always and forever stand up for the equality of the LGBT community,” she concluded. “Sexuality and gender are not binary, they are on a spectrum and that’s how we were made. Stand up for humanity, love people because of who they are … not despite who they are. Trump can break the tradition of June being LGBT pride month, but I’m still going to celebrate it … this month and every month to follow. #LGBTPrideMonth.”

Teacher at Mormon University Loses Job Over Pro-LGBT Facebook Post | Advocate.com

Good on ya, Professor. They can fire you but they shouldn’t be able to make you deny what is in your heart. Sounds like another university or college would do well to scoop you up.

Democratic state Sen. Mark Manendo resigns after sexual harassment investigation 

The Senate Democratic Caucus issued a statement Tuesday saying an independent investigator found at least 14 incidents of inappropriate contact during the 2017 legislative session, as well as instances of misconduct in past sessions. While 58 people were interviewed, the caucus said it will not make the report public in order to maintain privacy for witnesses.

Democratic state Sen. Mark Manendo resigns after sexual harassment investigation – The Nevada Independent

The most compelling evidence against him is witness tampering. Innocent people don’t engage in witness tampering.

His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead. (Spoiler: he ends up dead.)

His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead.

A tragedy that could have been avoided.
Another case of cops refusing to let things like compassion, human decency, and being charged with protecting -a.k.a. not harming – the citizenry get in the way of needlessly putting another living, breathing human being’s live in danger.
It would have been easier on everyone if the first cop on the scene had just walked upstairs and shot the guy in the head.
Typical, typical, typical.

Sheriff In Heart Of Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic Refuses To Carry Overdose Reversal Drug

More than 150 people died of heroin- or fentanyl-related overdoses in Butler County last year.

Sheriff In Heart Of Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic Refuses To Carry Overdose Reversal Drug | HuffPost

Murderous monster.

Protect and serve much, asshat? Apparently not. Some law enforcement officers are merely taking up oxygen that the rest of us could put to better use.