In an increasingly racist, sexist—and some would say downright idiotic—presidential cabinet, citizens of America seems to be fighting back with gusto to insure a safe and accepting society.
In just the past two weeks, we’ve seen historic marches for Women’s Rights and climate change. Hundreds of thousands of people called, emailed, and sent letters to their Senators to protest Trump’s pick of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Protests all over the country popped up to fight the #MuslimBan. While we might not be getting the outcomes we want, our fights are not in vain. In fact, outside of the federal level, there’s quite a lot of good news out there!
A Happier Time
Back in December when Obama was still president and we weren’t living in Trump’s America, the New York Police Department announced that any Sikh officers would now be allowed to wear turbans and don longer facial hair.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill lead the announcement of the policy change saying, “We want to make the NYPD as diverse as possible, and I think this is going to go a long way to help us with that.”
Several police departments around the nation have followed suit!
Giving the Opportunity
“We’re making this change to make sure that we allow everybody in New York City that wants to apply and have the opportunity to work in the greatest police department in the nation, to make sure that we’re giving them that opportunity,” he continued. “It’s a major change in our uniform policy, so we had to go about it carefully. And now I have the opportunity to make the change, and I thought it was about time that we did that.”
During the announcement, O’Neill was surrounded by officers in navy blue turbans fastened with police brass.
“It’s a great feeling”
Before the policy change, the 160 or so Sikh officers were restricted in wearing a smaller-sized wrap under the standard police caps. One particular officer praised the change saying “Now I’ll be able to serve with my full turban on. It’s a great feeling. There will be a lot more Sikh officers now taking the next exam.”
And as for the facial hair?