Defending Your Natural Hair Can Cost You Your Job

ImageThe woman pictured above is Rhonda Lee, a former meteorologist at KTBS 3 News in Louisiana. Lee says she was fired from the station because of the comments that she made on the KTBS Facebook page.

Lee professionally responded to people on the Facebook page who wrote ignorant things about her hair such as ‘unless she is a cancer patient, she needs to grow her hair out.’ (click the link to see a screenshot of her response) She also responded to a viewer who accused her of being racist because all of the children in a segment were black. You can also see her response in the link above.

What bothers me about this story is that no one in this story understood why Lee defended her choice of hairstyle. Everyone around her kept pressuring her to grow her hair out so she could be employed. Why does a woman have to have a weave in order to report the weather? What does a hairstyle have to do with a persons ability to perform at their job well?

If it wasn’t clear before, it is clear now that natural hair is still not welcomed in the workplace or in public. It is also made clear that if you respond to hecklers by trying to educate them on why and how your hair grows the way in which it does, you are doing something wrong. Once again, black women must shut up and roll over so the world can stomp on us and if we don’t let them then something is wrong with us.

I’m not here for people who think that black women should change every part of themselves to appeal to white American culture, why can’t we express who we are and be proud of it?

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