Last Updated on February 6, 2020
Continuing with current progressive trends of calling anything and everything “racist,” Virginia’s Senate Democrats have voted to protect “hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles” under the Virginia Human Rights Act.
Under SB 50, introduced by Senator Lionell Spruill, a Democrat from Chesapeake, school or workplace grooming standards may now be classified as “racial discrimination” so long as those grooming standards affect hairstyles Democrats determine to be “historically associated with race.”
Whether or not the hypothetical grooming standards also affect hairstyles not associated with race doesn’t seem to matter. “Braids, locks, and twists” will all be exempt.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That § 2.2-3901 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 2.2-3901. Unlawful discriminatory practice, gender discrimination, and racial discrimination defined.
The terms “because of race” or “on the basis of race” or terms of similar import when used in reference to discrimination in the Code and acts of the General Assembly include because of or on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.
“You have to now let young folks express themselves the way they want to,” Senator Spruill explained. “We cannot still stay in the 1900s. It’s the 2020s, or whatever you want to call it, things are done different now.”
Spruill’s amendment to the Virginia Human Rights Act, a document meant to protect the most vital interests of Virginia’s citizens, continues with a trend of what some observers have called a trivialization of our sacred human rights.
Since Democrats took control of the legislature in January, party leadership has raced to add a host of provisions surrounding gender identity and sexual orientation to the document, and have even floated the idea of adding protections for illegal aliens.