"The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against a company that refused to hire a woman because she wouldn't cut her dreadlocks."
Huh? Are we still being judged on what's on our head rather than of what's in it? Is it not enough to be qualified for a job/position to gain employment, if you're Black? What's next...will it be illegal to be Black in the workplace?
Of course, these are facetious questions. We all know the answers, right? The reality is that there are different answers depending on the day, location and audience being queried. If you're a woman wearing natural hair you've had the discussion, the questions, the glares and stares from the moment you made your decision. "Are you sure you want to do that? What about your job, your man, your mom?" For most of us, we've "won the battle" and have been able to go on about our lives without much fallout. But with precedent setting lawsuits, such as this, it's a definite signal that now, more than ever, we must demand the right to wear our natural hair, if that's our choice. Yes, the freedom of choice to be natural, to be free, to BE!
"African American women in the work place today are still dealing with the perception that certain things we do make us too ethnic." JoAnne Cornwell (That Hair Thing)
Until we demand the freedom to choose for ourselves, we will never be free. That is the Black woman "freedom of choice" movement.
Now, you would think that, in 2016, we would have more significant things to worry about than how a Black woman styles her hair. For instance, shouldn't some judge somewhere determine whether one or more of the presidential candidates is prepared for, capable of and qualified for the job? But no, a Black woman with dreadlocks is a more important issue to deal with and she can even be denied employment which means she's denied the right to earn a living, provide for her family, etc. And for what? A haircare system/style of choice. It's really unbelievable to think that this one slipped through the cracks.
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Grant it, the article stated "dreadlocks" but let's get real: there can be no divisiveness amongst lock wearers. Period. We're stronger together!
What are your thoughts? Did you have resistance in the workplace when you locked your hair?
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