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No Dreads at Work…You Can Be Fired for Hair Style

No Dreads at Work…You Can Be Fired for Hair Style

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By: Leticia Latrice

Too often black people are ridiculed for their hair. People act like they are afraid of nappy, wild, unique looking hair. Just because black hair is coarse, kinky, curly, full and thick doesn’t make it unattractive. Recently the Federal appeals court has gone too far by ruling that people who have dreadlocks can be denied or fired from their job because it is “messy”. This subjective regulation is absurd! How can the style of someone’s hair determine their work ethic, skills or knowledge? It is funny how America says that they accept all colors, genders and creeds but always find a way to discriminate against people. If there is a freedom of speech, why isn’t there the freedom to express yourself as you please through your appearance?

It is sad how black people always have to be measured against European styles and cultures. African American’s and the African Diaspora are a reflection of various African cultures, so why would it be compared and expected to mimic European styles? America needs to quit trying to place black people in a false, inappropriate, unrealistic box. People need to learn to accept black people as they are.

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All of the pressure of society sometimes causes black people to question their identity and doubt their selves. Many black people feel they need to try to conform to the European expectations of their appearance to be accepted. So, black people often try to adjust their image and appearance to reflect that of Caucasians. Hair straightening, weave, blonde hair, color eye contacts, skin bleaching are some commonly used techniques. Thank goodness many black people have awakened, are not swayed and stay true to themselves and their culture. The natural hair movement has been huge over history. Black men and women are proud to embrace their natural styles. It is easy to feel like you need to try to fit into society. Don’t believe the hype, be proud of whom you are and the culture you represent. Dreadlocks are an amazing heritage hairstyle that represents the African Diaspora culture and was worn by the ancient Egyptians. If someone is allowed to show up to work with blue or purple hair they should be allowed to wear dreadlocks.

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Do you think it is fair for the Federal Appeals Court to Ban Dreadlocks from the work place?

Have you ever been discriminated against because of your hair?

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  2. This story reminds me of the classic Paul Mooney joke, “When your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed. When your hair is nappy, they ain’t happy.”

  3. No one that is Black/African was there to say what is a nice style and what is a style that needs grooming. Not all Black styles are okay to me. Unwashed hair is hair that only a Black hairstylist would know, not a white person. An “I just woke up” natural style is not okay, but again, we need a Black stylist to take a picture of what is a natural style and what is a “f**k it style. I want to be represented well. I have locs and they are a journey more than a style that testifies where I have been and where I am going.

  4. I’ve said this over and over to any Afrikan person that will listen white Euro-KaKKKasoids do not care one damn bit for us Afrikoid people unless we KoonKKKasian ourselves down ……………

  5. Do I think this is wrong? Yes. It’s another sad day in this country.that we’re even having this conversation. Denying afrocentric hairstyles, in this case, “dreads” is like denying the culture. First the dreads, then what’s next? If you are denying the culture you are denying the people somewhat, really? Whose idea was this? I don’t see how it can be offensive if it’s neatly and beautifully done. I’ve always believed that good can actually be derived from a bad. So, I pray this will encourage many to build their very own businesses. To become the CEO’s of their own business where they can have more options to express the beauty of the culture. I love to see beautiful natural hair styles. It also makes a statement that you’re happy in your beautiful skin.

    1. I agree. No one that is Black/African was there to say what is a nice style and what is a style that needs grooming. Not all Black styles are okay to me. Unwashed hair is hair that only a Black hairstylist would know, not a white person. An “I just woke up” natural style is not okay, but again, we need a Black stylist to take a picture of what is a natural style and what is a “f**k it style. I want to be represented well. I have locs and they are a journey more than a style that testifies where I have been and where I am going.

  6. My hair is loc’d and I’m not cutting it for anyone. There are way too many nice, pretty, fashionable styles to wear dreads in, these people are looking for more excuses to 1. make us comply with what they think is acceptable, and 2. to keep us out of the work force. We need a revolution for real. First they DEMAND we stand for a flag that DOES NOT stand for us, now this. For some reason relaxed hair makes White people relax. I say phuck ’em and keep them nervous.

    1. Hi Anthony Allen,Over reach is an understatement…in this age where people are being encouraged to be themselves, African Americans are still expected to conform. Tats, piercings, purple hair…all acceptable, but not dreds? Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to share your comments.

  7. Yes I do believe it’s so very wrong. We should definitely have a right to wear our hair as any way we want to. We are very tired of having to confirm to their way of we should look and express our culture. It’s really bogus.

    1. Hi Sharon Hawkins Sure some dreds can look messy, but most of the people I see look like the model pictured in the story and people maintain them nicely. It’s ridiculous…and hopefully will be overturned. Thanks for sharing your comments with us Sharon.

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