From The Daily Caller:
By LUKE ROSIAK, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER
October 02, 2019, 9:09 PM ET
Mikea Turner, a local TV reporter in Washington, D.C., was the first to report the discredited story of A* Allen, a 12-year-old black girl who said white classmates cut off her dreadlocks while calling her an “attention-seeker.”
I’m not going to use the little girl’s first name. This story suggests she was under a certain amount of pressure from adults around her. Twelve is too young for the Permanent Record.
Turner spent the hours before the supposed attack advocating for a “natural” hair law that would criminalize discrimination based on dreadlocks, then used the incident as evidence for why such a law should be enacted.
This is reminiscent of how Jussie Smollett’s hate hoax was tied into some kind of symbolic lynch law being pushed by Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both of whom immediately tweeted about the attempted lynching of the TV star during the Polar Vortex.
A’s family owns a beauty company called “Still Natural” that Turner promoted on air in 2018.
… The local reporter who first pushed the hoax that white boys pinned down a 12-year-old black girl and cut off her dreadlocks advocated for laws protecting the hairstyle hours before the supposed attack.
The reporter also used the claims by the Virginia girl’s family — which runs a “natural” cosmetics company that the reporter has previously promoted on air — as justification for the laws.
… Earlier that day, WUSA-9 reporter Mikea Turner tweeted five times about the “Crown Act” or “natural hair bill,” overtly advocating that local jurisdictions pass it.
“Thank you for being a trailblazer,” she told a politician who introduced a bill in Montgomery County, Maryland. “I hope [Prince George’s County, Maryland] is next! … It’s sad that laws like this have to exist for people to just be themselves.”
The family was filming with Turner the next day. That led to coverage across the country, including in The New York Times. …
“This why we need the #CrownAct to protect little girls like A Allen,” Turner tweeted on Sept. 27.
The “Crown Act,” as introduced in various jurisdictions, is designed to protect “natural hair,” or dreadlocks, from discrimination. Advocates sometimes call the hairstyle a “crown.”
The Allen family — grandparents Cynthia and Dewaune and aunt Lakeisha Allen — run a beauty company called “Still Natural,” and for years on Facebook, Lakeisha (who goes by the name Zyonn on the online platform) has posted pictures of herself and other people with dreadlocks, mentioning “natural.”
Turner promoted the Allens’ cosmetic line in a September 2018 news segment and an accompanying article headlined “Domestic violence survivor develops cosmetic line to inspire others.” The playground assault articles did not mention an existing relationship between the reporter and the subject. …
My new Taki’s column “Hair Hysteria” explains how World War Hair fits into the Great Awokening:
With Intersectionality ascending to an unquestionable dogma lately, the establishment press has come to believe that it is immensely important to find out what young women of color have on their minds. They must have come up with some incredibly great ideas during their 400 years of marginalization.
So, the media have increasingly turned over their platforms to young women of color.
And what messages do they have for us?
After having read hundreds of their op-eds and the like over the past few years, I’ve discovered that the No. 1 topic young woman-of-color journalists want us to listen to them talk about is…their hair.
They definitely have a lot to say about their hair.
Well, first of all, because they are young women. Looking nice is very important to young ladies and it takes up a lot of space in their brains.
Read my whole column at Taki’s.