Yes, training is called for…

but somehow it doesn’t seem enough. The Jender-Parents sent me this article about a woman in Georgia who was arrested because she wouldn’t remove her headscarf (which did not cover her face) when entering the courthouse for her nephew’s court appearance. The judge sentenced her to 10 days in contempt of court. Later in the day, she was released. Now the police and the judge are going to get sensitivity training. But the judge did the same thing a while back. Further, he has a policy of not allowing head coverings in the courtroom, though he will meet with people in an alternative place if they really insist. What I want to know is why he should be allowed to set a no head coverings policy in the first place. What possible point can it have but to make members of certain minority religions feel like second-class citizens? Aren’t they entitled to their day *in court*?

[Corrected in response to comment from JJ]

2 thoughts on “Yes, training is called for…

  1. The incident is so disgraceful. Bizarrely, it will probably fuel the idea that African Americans are privileged, since whites also get unjustly strong armed and, they will claim, they don’t get let off, have protests, etc. Everyone loses.

    In fact, the article does say the judge will get the training too.

    The judge who had the woman jailed briefly for contempt of court will also take part in the training, Whisenant said.

  2. Thanks for the correction, JJ! That should teach me not to blog while fevered, but it probably won’t– flu season is endless after all.

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