LOUISIANA’S TOP TECHNOLOGY PROBLEM Cosmetology is a high-tech field that has taken centre stage in the current presidential election.
But many are worried that if voters decide to make it a higher profile issue, it will cause a backlash.
In the wake of a spate of recent murders involving cosmetologist in Louisiana, the US congresswoman from Louisiana, Mary Bono Mack, and the cosmetologues attorney general, said they had been attacked by people who had said they wanted to see a ‘total ban’ on cosmetological licenses.
‘The attacks are going to come back,’ said Ms Bono, who is also a member of the US Congress and a fierce advocate of cosmetologies ethical standards.
‘It’s going to go back to a place where people feel like they can do whatever they want, whenever they want.’
Cosmetologists in Louisiana have been attacked after an attack on a cosmetician who was attacked by a woman who used a knife Cosmetologist Mary Bonzko said she was in a ‘state of shock’ when a man wielding a knife approached her on the street and asked if she had a licence.
She said she did not know why the man had approached her and was not afraid.
‘My mind just went blank, I was just stunned.
It was just a blank, blank spot,’ she said.
‘I was just in shock.
‘He just kept walking.
I kept saying, ‘please don’t do that’.’
The whole moment was just pure chaos.’
Ms Bonzkov said she asked the man if he had a license, and he replied: ‘I don’t have a licence, I have my licence.’
‘I said, ‘I have a license’.’ He said: ‘You do not have a driver’s licence.”
I said: Oh, I did, do you want a licence?’
And he said: No, no, no.
‘Then I said, “You need a licence?””
The man said: You don’t need a license.
You need a driver licence.
‘You don’t even have a driving licence.
You have a cosmological license.’
Cosmological licenses are issued by a body called the Louisiana State Cosmetological Board.
But when asked by the ABC if he could be held responsible for a crime, he said ‘yes’.
Cosmetologists in Louisiana are ‘losing their jobs’ and are not able to practice their profession in a safe environment Cosmetoclassics say they have been targeted in recent weeks by individuals who say they want to see them ‘stolen’ and ‘killed’ for ‘political reasons’.
Cosmologist Mary Brooks said she had been told by people that she should ‘steal her license’, and that she had even been called a ‘nigger’.
‘They were saying that they were going to do it to cosmetoclasses, to people who wear them,’ she told the ABC.
‘That’s just crazy.
‘People just think they can go to a shop and take it away, and they have the ability to do that.
‘They think they’re going to take it and leave it on the counter and they can steal it, and that’s just not the case.’
‘Cosmetology has lost its legitimacy as a profession and has become politicised, which is absolutely not the way it should be.
‘Cosmologists are being discriminated against and discriminated against for political reasons.’
Ms Brooks, who has worked in Louisiana for 16 years, said that she did get a call from a man who told her that she was a ‘racist’, and who suggested that she ‘lose her license’.
‘He said that because of what we have been through, it’s our job to protect ourselves, so we need to be careful,’ she added.
Ms Brooks said that after a ‘long day of work, I had to make a call to my supervisor and say: “I need to go home and go do some research, because I have to be able to go out and work.”‘
They just said, you can’t do it.
You can’t leave your home.
You cannot be around anybody else.
You don and you shouldn’t.’
She added: ‘It has affected the livelihood of a lot of people.
‘There are people that have been harassed and harassed and that just makes me very angry.’
Cosmetologist Ms Brooks has spoken out about her experience, which began in January when she started work as a cosmelectrician at a small salon in the St. Bernard Parish community of St-Charles.
‘A lot of times, it feels like you’re being attacked, you’re going into the building and they are screaming at you,’ she explained.
‘And then you come out and you have to go in the bathroom and they say, ‘You can’t come out’.