We supposedly live in a free nation. A society where citizens are free to make their own choices and not be discriminated against for those choices. We supposedly live in a nation where the skin color of a person has no relevance in job employment. Even in 2004, we still have to fight for our rights as Americans and as humans to make our own choices.
George Ward, the Kentucky Parks Department commissioner, announced "a new professional appearance policy that all employees must adhere to." This new policy, approved by Gov. Ernie Fletcher is the most discriminating policy I have seen in my 26 years.
Anyone with tattoos must wear long-sleeve shirts or cover up their tattoos with bandages. It is illegal to discriminate against a black man because his skin is dark, but it's OK to judge me because my skin is colorful. The second part of the policy is that you must remove all piercings, however, the policy allows women to wear earrings. Sexism, which is illegal, is defined as discrimination based on gender. I question if the Kentucky State Parks policy is even legal.