Black Meteorologist Fired After Respo...

Black Meteorologist Fired After Responding to Criticism of Natural Hair

There are 15 comments on the The Afro American Newspaper story from Dec 15, 2012, titled Black Meteorologist Fired After Responding to Criticism of Natural Hair. In it, The Afro American Newspaper reports that:

An African-American meteorologist who was fired after she responded to criticism of her short Afro hairstyle on her news station's Facebook page has seen an outpouring of support from her Louisiana community.

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Elizabeth, NJ

#1 Dec 16, 2012
Rhonda Lee, you are a beautiful woman and your hair is cute. Sad, you had to go through this. I also agree with you black hair does grows upward and this is not out of nature. All Living things grow upward. plants, trees, grass, vegetable garden. Humans grow taller.
Anything growing downward is out of order.

Wishin you all the BEST! Miss RONDA LEE!
Etese

AOL

#2 Dec 16, 2012
Be strong sister! These are the times we are living in. White folks doing everthing they can to assert the authority they are quickly losing.

Since: Oct 12

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#3 Dec 18, 2012
I would love to see more Black women with their natural hair.
Amanda

Shreveport, LA

#4 Dec 20, 2012
Please don't make assumptions that "white folks" are trying to hold you back from greatness. If you take a look around our community you would see that the only force holding anyone back is their own bad attitude and their sense of entitlement.
Cobra

AOL

#5 Dec 20, 2012
Amanda wrote:
Please don't make assumptions that "white folks" are trying to hold you back from greatness. If you take a look around our community you would see that the only force holding anyone back is their own bad attitude and their sense of entitlement.
No Amanda, that would be your community. Learn your history. And clearly, despite their efforts, your kind has not been able to hold blacks back. Ask Obama.
Amanda

Shreveport, LA

#6 Dec 23, 2012
I am aware of the history. I am guessing visions of white folks running around Africa rounding up black slaves is the history you think I should be educated about. In fact, the true history is African people rounded up their own people and sold them into slavery. This is exactly what I was referring to in my prior comment.
And another fact, even if the white folk did use slaves, I was NOT part of it and do in fact think it was wrong. Any form of racism is wrong as we are all children of Christ. White, black, Hispanic, Asian. Muslim, or Atheist.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#7 Dec 23, 2012
Being fired was harsh, i'm sure a warning would've sufficed but she should've held back and responded from her own account.

Since: Oct 12

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#8 Dec 23, 2012
O.k so I read the article and I see she was warned multiple times so her loosing her job was on her. It says people are givng her support but they are ignoring the fact that she broke the rules and ignored those earlier warnings therefore they had every right to sack her.

It dosen't look good for any company when your employers are constantly responding to criticism posed by the public.
Nairobi Trio

Tempe, AZ

#9 Dec 23, 2012
Cobra wrote:
<quoted text>
No Amanda, that would be your community. Learn your history. And clearly, despite their efforts, your kind has not been able to hold blacks back. Ask Obama.
What should we ask him?

He suckled on white breasts and was raised by lily-whites while absentee ape daddy (redundancy) committed suicide by tree in Kenya.

Don't kid yourself--you're the suicidal ape daddy.

“Pair of Socks”

Since: Dec 06

.Beats an Ace High

#10 Dec 23, 2012
Etese wrote:
Be strong sister! These are the times we are living in. White folks doing everthing they can to assert the authority they are quickly losing.


Lee and another White male employee were fired due to repeated violations of the company’s social media policy


guess she knows which way the wind blows now,..

“Shed so many tears”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#11 Dec 23, 2012
MeJustMeThatsAll wrote:
O.k so I read the article and I see she was warned multiple times so her loosing her job was on her. It says people are givng her support but they are ignoring the fact that she broke the rules and ignored those earlier warnings therefore they had every right to sack her.
It dosen't look good for any company when your employers are constantly responding to criticism posed by the public.
I would NOT be surprised if the random posters turn out to be her own co workers and employees from the same company she works for.
They knew how sensitive she was about the issue and I'm sure while on breaks and casual job conversations, she mentioned it more than once and some of them used that against her and started posting evil on the site, just to PROVOKE her, of course they remained anonymous and used fake names.

Nasty people will do that.

If I were her, I'd get a lawyer and demand that the posters behind the critizism she responded to, be identified.

“Shed so many tears”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#12 Dec 23, 2012
Seattle bl-col wrote:
I would love to see more Black women with their natural hair.
Me too!
Here we go

Elizabeth, NJ

#13 Dec 24, 2012
Amanda wrote:
I am aware of the history. I am guessing visions of white folks running around Africa rounding up black slaves is the history you think I should be educated about. In fact, the true history is African people rounded up their own people and sold them into slavery. This is exactly what I was referring to in my prior comment.
And another fact, even if the white folk did use slaves, I was NOT part of it and do in fact think it was wrong. Any form of racism is wrong as we are all children of Christ. White, black, Hispanic, Asian. Muslim, or Atheist.
white people enslaved white people as well. Back in Europe they rounded up white women, children, and men like animals. They brutally butchered, raped and killed one another long before they started doing it to the Africans.those Europeans kept more germs and carried all types of diseases. Africans didn't have that violent streek in them nor that nastiness and I still don't believe blk folk made a profit from slavery. I'm sure they didn't get a red cent. You know they got sold.

“Dont Play With Me”

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#14 Dec 24, 2012
In my opinion, I think White people see Black people, esp Black women who wear their natural hair as a threat because it just says to White people that yeah I am comfortable with who I am my African roots
Mod Squad

Shreveport, LA

#15 Dec 24, 2012
Amanda wrote:
Please don't make assumptions that "white folks" are trying to hold you back from greatness. If you take a look around our community you would see that the only force holding anyone back is their own bad attitude and their sense of entitlement.
Actually, there are several white employers in this town who have expressed time and time again an outright refusal to hire black applicants, both publicly and anonymously online.

Institutional racism holds various non-white ethnicities back in the workplace. That is a sad fact you willingly choose to ignore. Hiring practices and advancement opportunities are simply not provided to men and women of minorities, but because the racism in this instance is institutionalized, a white person does not have the vision to see the error of their ways. Institutional racism is a disease of white ignorance to a very real problem. Let us not forget that we also live in the South where racism like this is not only institutionalized, but instilled in the minds of children born of those stuck living in the past.

Our education system is not geared to push predominately black schools to succeed. In fact, in terms of supplies and support, they are at a proven disadvantage, especially in poverty-laden Louisiana.

White folks are indeed holding back other races on purpose and through their upbringing (attitudes toward "entitlement" mask their actions).

So anyone who believes a black person is the only one holding themselves back is both clueless to the reality that is being black in America and equally clueless to their own hand in this very same dynamic.

In this instance, Ms. Lee was essentially insulted by a white man completely unaware of what his words actually implied (race-based prejudices of hair and what white society deems attractive). That, coupled with a, what now appears to be blatant disregard for fairness, led to the outrage you now see here and elsewhere in our national dialogue. KTBS itself, while firing a white man for violation of a poorly enforced policy, failed to put into context the racism it should have dealt with from the start. Instead, they let it fester and it got out of hand to the point where Ms. Lee rightly stood up for herself and other black women. In essence, inaction on the part of KTBS sent the message that it condones racist comments on its Facebook page. As I've already said, proper moderation of a community requires sensible action in response to questionable content and that job was not done by those who were paid to moderate the Facebook page.

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