Brickbat: Bangled, Tangled, Spangled, and Spaghettied


Igor Kardasov /

New York City's Commission on Human Rights is set to ban discrimination based on hair style or texture in work or school and in public places. Guidelines issued by the commission say people have a right to "natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state." The commission can issue fines of up to $250,000 on those found to have discriminated against someone based on their hair. There is no cap on the damages it can award.

NEXT: For Nanny-Statism, California's Supreme Court Might Be Worse Than the State Legislature

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. And the sign said long haired freaky people need not apply…

  2. Isn’t hair ‘maintenance’ a part of the health code for food service and health care professionals? We are always just one law or regulation away from Utopia! Thanks, Commissioners, you’re the bestest!!!

  3. Is this a full body protection?

    Hairy strippers?

  4. I must have missed a news story or two; is this a wide-spread problem just screaming for a legislative solution?

    1. More like a wide spread legislative solution screaming for a problem…

    2. More like a political power play solution in search of a problem.
      But, then again, it is just New York, and I just don’t care.

  5. The guidelines, obtained by The New York Times before their public release, are based on the argument that hair is inherent to one’s race (and can be closely associated with “racial, ethnic, or cultural identities”) and is therefore protected under the city’s human rights laws, which outlaw discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion and other protected classes.

    “They are based on racist standards of appearance,” Ms. Malalis continued, saying that they perpetuate “racist stereotypes that say black hairstyles are unprofessional or improper.”

    But those racists can still discriminate based on clothing. Clothing is as much a part of cultural identity as hair styles. I demand the right to wear shorts and sandals to work.

    1. What good is your job if you can’t wear toga?

  6. I’m sorry, we’ve already filled the position.’

  7. So if one were to show up with a swastika or MAGA (but I repeat myself) shaved into ones head…?

  8. It will be fun to watch the howls of outrage when a snowflake files a complaint, and loses his or her job when the commission finds the employer’s conduct so outrageous that it imposes a fine that puts the employee put of business.

  9. *out* of business

  10. “no cap” on damages.


    1. Not even a MAGA cap?

      1. especially one of “those” caps…you know the ones…

  11. “Bantu braids”

    I thought “Bantu” was an offensive term from the South African apartheid era.

    1. Never mind, it seems to have an independent scientific validation – carry on, then.

      (and it’s knots, not braids)

  12. Cousin It should resubmit those job applications now that employers are on notice not to be racist against hair.

  13. Shit hole country. New York certainly isn’t sending us their best, that’s for sure.

    1. Actually, they are; it is the best that are fleeing as fast as the moving vans can get lined up.
      What is remaining is the ones who go along with this madness.
      It will come as a complete shock when as many ex-employers become robot maintainers.

  14. communists have an endless list of complaints

  15. Why is it that anyone wants to live there again?

  16. A variation of fiddling while Rome burns.

  17. Meh, it isn’t any different than protecting religious belief.

  18. Hairstyles and Attitudes. The 80’s covered this.

  19. Hair today, gone tomorrow?

    Who in New York is getting discriminating against because of their hair? I had not heard any reports about that.

  20. What’s the extent of this commission’s power to cover categories of “discrimination”?

  21. When is someone going to take on discrimination against hairy muffs in porn?

    Nothing like a wild, hairy 70’s porn muff.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.