Discrimination Against Afro Hair in t...

Discrimination Against Afro Hair in the Military

There are 272 comments on the hair.afroglitzmag.com story from Aug 19, 2009, titled Discrimination Against Afro Hair in the Military. In it, hair.afroglitzmag.com reports that:

All over the globe, the military is forcing black women to get rid of their natural hair by straightening/relaxing/wearing wigs. Right now, a black woman is being forced to cut her locs, and straighten/perm the remainder of her afro hair. If not, she will most likely face a discharge. Tell congress to help stop discrimination against natural afro hair in the military by signing the petition here. People should be able to serve in the military and be themselves!

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istherehope4

Baton Rouge, LA

#1 Aug 19, 2009
just another way of stripping black people of their identity, anything that doesnt promote white eurocentric ideology is unacceptable to them. Black people you cant be who you are only what they want you to be in the army.
minnie

Milwaukee, WI

#2 Aug 19, 2009
are you serious?
smh
im signing that petition!
Sgt Slaughter

Newport News, VA

#3 Aug 19, 2009
Too Freakin funny......Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. If your hair is so important...don't join the military.
A Nnoyed

New York, NY

#4 Aug 19, 2009
all military personnel white, black, red, male or female should have all their hair shaved off with a 1/2 clip.

If you don't like it, don't sign up.

“Hen oida hoti ouden oida”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#5 Aug 19, 2009
C'mon people. This is the same military that forces gays to stay quiet about who they are. Discrimination against non-White heterosexual All-American males in the military is a given. People know that when they sign up. Yes, it's unfair but so is most of life. That doesn't mean we should be complacent but that does mean we shouldn't go crazy about the small things. To me, hair is a small thing. It's JUST an accessory. If my hair was that important to me then I would not have VOLUNTEERED to serve in an army were they are going to tell me how to wear it.
Lah

United States

#6 Aug 19, 2009
thats sum bs!! case in point: at my job a woman wanted to loc her hair up and she was discussing it with the boss. he told her not to do it because it was, get this UNPROFESSIONAL!! soooo wait, its unprofessional to wear their hair in its natural state, the way God created them to be? And in order to be accepted they have to put caustic, not to mention harmful chemicals in their hair?? I say, SCREW THAT!! and Ill be joining the air foce soon too!

-lah

“Real Black Men Speak English”

Since: May 07

Bmore

#7 Aug 19, 2009
Nice try. I just read that entire regulation and hair isn't mentioned at all

http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/shared/media/e...

“Real Black Men Speak English”

Since: May 07

Bmore

#8 Aug 19, 2009
stop reading junk magazines
StinkFinger

Long Beach, CA

#9 Aug 19, 2009
Reason is that wearing military head gear and chemical protective suits ect. demand strict grooming rules. If you join the service you must obey the rules. Cant be walking around looking like Buck Wheat

“But if you lose ”

Since: Aug 09

the devil gets your soul

#10 Aug 19, 2009
Lah wrote:
thats sum bs!! case in point: at my job a woman wanted to loc her hair up and she was discussing it with the boss. he told her not to do it because it was, get this UNPROFESSIONAL!! soooo wait, its unprofessional to wear their hair in its natural state, the way God created them to be? And in order to be accepted they have to put caustic, not to mention harmful chemicals in their hair?? I say, SCREW THAT!! and Ill be joining the air foce soon too!
-lah
If dreadlocs are "natural state", you freaking MORON....then WHY does it have to be "DONE"?

You people couldn't tell the truth about ANYthing if was tatooed backwards on your forehead and a mirror was surgically attached to your noses.
A Nnoyed

New York, NY

#11 Aug 19, 2009
It would be much tougher for a sniper to get a successful headshot. The bullet might just pass through the afro-perimeter without touching the skull.

But you'd be a bigger target to spot.

A coin toss based on pros and cons.
MrReality

Wimberley, TX

#12 Aug 19, 2009
It's the military. Hair regulations for males is 4 inches in length, and 2 inches in bulk. That applies to the white guys too, there not allowed to walk around looking like Buck White.
Kim

West Palm Beach, FL

#13 Aug 19, 2009
The hell with everyone who thinks that this isnt a big deal.
No one should be forced to put chemicals in their hair.

“Hen oida hoti ouden oida”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#14 Aug 19, 2009
Lah wrote:
thats sum bs!! case in point: at my job a woman wanted to loc her hair up and she was discussing it with the boss. he told her not to do it because it was, get this UNPROFESSIONAL!! soooo wait, its unprofessional to wear their hair in its natural state, the way God created them to be? And in order to be accepted they have to put caustic, not to mention harmful chemicals in their hair?? I say, SCREW THAT!! and Ill be joining the air foce soon too!
-lah
Whose hair naturally grows into dreadlocks? Wearing your hair the way it naturally grows is one thing (i.e. afros etc.), but no ones hair naturally grows into dreadlocks unless they never comb it and it gets matted up. In either case, there are certain hairstyles that are not appropriate for the workplace-whether said hairstyle is on a minorities head or not.

Don't get me wrong, some people get dreadlocks and they look fantastic, but lets not forget that regardless of how "natural" it seems, it's still a hairstyle that most pay money to get done. The same as employers reserve the right to tell you that you are dressed inappropriately, they also reserve the right to tell you that your hairstyle is inappropriate. If you don't like it, quit and be your own boss.

“Hen oida hoti ouden oida”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#15 Aug 19, 2009
JohnnyFiddler wrote:
<quoted text>If dreadlocs are "natural state", you freaking MORON....then WHY does it have to be "DONE"?
You people couldn't tell the truth about ANYthing if was tatooed backwards on your forehead and a mirror was surgically attached to your noses.
What's "tatooed" mean?

For you to seemingly view yourself as so superior to Blacks, you sure do seem to have a problem with reading what you type before you post it.
Lah

United States

#16 Aug 19, 2009
JohnnyFiddler wrote:
<quoted text>If dreadlocs are "natural state", you freaking MORON....then WHY does it have to be "DONE"?
You people couldn't tell the truth about ANYthing if was tatooed backwards on your forehead and a mirror was surgically attached to your noses.
lool whoah ho ho.. RELAAAXX darling we're having a peaceful convo here, why start the rucus?? and yes, dreds are natural because the hair isnt altered by chemicals. Obviously you dont know what the heck im talking about so I wont go into it further.

-lah
A vet

United States

#17 Aug 19, 2009
Lah wrote:
thats sum bs!! case in point: at my job a woman wanted to loc her hair up and she was discussing it with the boss. he told her not to do it because it was, get this UNPROFESSIONAL!! soooo wait, its unprofessional to wear their hair in its natural state, the way God created them to be? And in order to be accepted they have to put caustic, not to mention harmful chemicals in their hair?? I say, SCREW THAT!! and Ill be joining the air foce soon too!
-lah
Anyone who gets their panties in a twist over this should stay out of the military.

And for you idiots who claim this is racial...how do you account for regs against growing "natural" beards and mustaches?
Stupidass Ur Stupid

Tenafly, NJ

#18 Aug 19, 2009
JohnnyFiddler wrote:
<quoted text>If dreadlocs are "natural state", you freaking MORON....then WHY does it have to be "DONE"?
You people couldn't tell the truth about ANYthing if was tatooed backwards on your forehead and a mirror was surgically attached to your noses.
What he means by that is that the hair isn't chemically altered. so therefore dread locks are natural. It's not a weave and it's not permed. But since your a white man you wouldn't understand that.
Hello

Las Vegas, NV

#19 Aug 19, 2009
What's a fuzz head? Or an afro dizzy act?
Hello

Las Vegas, NV

#20 Aug 19, 2009
Way back you can hide razors pins pencils whatever in hair. The beehive hair made way for bugs lodging...

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