Six Flags: Stop Discriminating Against People With Dreadlocks
  • Petitioned Jim Reid-Anderson

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Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Theme Parks Inc.
Jim Reid-Anderson
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Theme Parks Inc.
Michael S. Israel
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Theme Parks Inc.
Brett Petit
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Theme Parks Inc.
Lance C. Balk
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Theme Parks Inc.
Walt Hawrylak
Senior VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Six Flags
Nancy Krejsa

Six Flags: Stop Discriminating Against People With Dreadlocks

    1. MarKeese Warner
    2. Petition by

      MarKeese Warner

      Bladensburg, MD

Like many students across the country, I have been looking for a summer job before I start my senior year at Pennsylvania State University where I’m studying engineering. As I’m living at home in Maryland for the summer, I thought working at the nearby Six Flags would be a great summer job. I’ve been going to Six Flags with my family for years and have even had season passes on occasion, so I applied for a food service job. However, as I started to go through the interview process, I was disturbed to find out that I couldn’t work at Six Flags because of the texture of my hair. Six Flags has a strict policy that prohibits employees from having dreadlocks (or "locks" as some people call them) as they classify them as an “extreme” hairstyle along with mohawks and unnatural coloring.

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.

It is disparaging for Six Flags to accept substantial amounts of money every year at their parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada from patrons who wear their hair as it grows naturally, but the company would refuse to hire any of those patrons with locks. We spend way too much money at places like Six Flags Theme Parks for them to discriminate against any members of our community. Let us also exercise our voice with our dollars.

There is no excuse in 2012 for such abhorrent employment policies. In a time when the "voice of the people" can indeed be witnessed to move mountains, let us in one accord raise our voice. In a country that purports itself to be the greatest "melting pot" of social values and ideals, it’s time for Six Flags to stop its discriminatory policy by categorically refusing to employ people because of their natural hair. Please join me in asking Six Flags to stop discriminating against people with locks.

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    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. Six Flags Theme Parks: good enough to take our money but not our employ.

      Kwasi Abahu
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks so much for helping to get the word out. Still there is so much more that we need to do and a short bit of time to make a valued impact. Summer is rapidly approaching and that means millions of students and families looking for something to do this summer. Let us help redirect our massive spending potential away from Six Flags until they make a change in the way they view our youth. Because it is the very same youth, dreadlocks or not, who we push to look for summer employment especially in a depressed economy, that Six Flags won't even interview.

      So if you are a beautician, barber or salon and barbershop owner or if you know one, please start talking about this in the environment that will properly engage the fullness of the debate. We support the businesses that do not disenfranchise us. Point blank period.

      Talk about this at church and at work. If your child doesn't have dreadlocks but a friend of theirs does, then it is relevant to you still.

      K. Abahu

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • moartha Javae ATLANTA, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      If a person africa descent they should have right wear there hair any kind of way as long its groomed and not harming anyone physical or their property.

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    • andrew lewis CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      because I am a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Illinois, and I have dread locks, and I have experienced similar pressures and discrimination with my dread locks

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    • Fortress Amina NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      WOMEN OF COLOR HAVE TO CONSTANTLY FACE MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS OF DISCRIMINATION ON ALL LEVELS !!! , SINCE POST SLAVERY AND POST CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT , i'M STILL AMAZED TO HEAR THE TYPES OF BIASED ACTS PERFORMED AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR. SAD AND DISGUSTING !!!

      GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY !

      I'M FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE IN COURT NOW , :

      https://www.change.org/petitions/parental-rights-human-rights-civil-rights-women-s-rights-children-s-rights#

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    • karina magana HUNTINGTON PARK, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      The way someone looks doesn't and shouldn't matter.

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    • Rodney Kennedy BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      I am of African heritage and consider perms (relaxers) much more of an extreme hairstyle especially for my people. This is blatant racism and just because we don't fit white America's standards we are called extreme. I'm happy that this was brought to my attention so that we can fight this.

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