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Markeese Warner wanted a job with Six Flags in Maryland to make money for the summer. Instead, she got more than she bargained for, when the company refused to hire her because of her dreadlocks. According to TheLoop21, she came to work dressed professionally, but was astonished when she was called into the Human Resources Office for the way she looked.
Most amazingly, the person who told her that she could not work there because of her “extreme hairstyle” was another black woman. She said that the definition of extreme hairstyles included things like Mohawks and dreadlocks. Warner was a perfect fit for the job, but had the door blocked by another black woman.
“I just smiled and I left,” Warner said. “It was mind blowing.”
The family then got together with Kwasi Abahu, a family friend and started a petition on the matter. The issue struck a chord with Abahu, because he himself has been discriminated against for wearing dreadlocks. The practice occurs all across the country and anti-discrimination laws don’t do a very good job of protecting people of color in the same way they might be protected for other forms of discrimination, such as s****l orientation.
“I was kind of p****d off,” he said. “I couldn’t not react and not address it in some way.”
This very same Six Flags has been accused of discrimination in the past for not hiring other African Americans with dreadlocks. Perhaps the petition will make a difference and convince African Americans not to frequent establishments that support and sustain such discriminatory policy. There is nothing wrong with wearing dreadlocks and those who don’t understand them may want to educate themselves on the history of the hairstyle.