Why do people put in the law book no discrimination, but yet they discriminate against natural afro hair?
What Guys Said 5
"... on the job in their law books..."
Whaaaaaat? Businesses have law books? Are they law firms?
What do you mean?
Are you talking about companies not hiring someone because of the texture of their hair or does the job applicant have a gigantic 2&1/2 foot- diameter Afro hairstyle that is in violation of their standards of dress?
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It's not because you're black. It's because businesses want their employees to look proper and well-groomed. If I, a white guy, went to apply for a job with my hair like it is right now, most places would deny me on the spot. I'd have to cut my hair shorter and shave my face to even stand a chance of getting a job at most places. The same applies for an afro- it doesn't look professional (and if it's a job that would require you to wear a hat, it's not practical either).
My cousin, also a white male, grew his hair out to about two feet at one point, and he applied for a job at 5 places that all said "they weren't hiring right now". He cut it short and went back, and 3 of those places said that they had several positions that needed filling because "there weren't enough people applying".
It's not because you're black, quit playing the race card.
What Girls Said 5
I don't think that they would say that. I know two such people who have that quality to their hair and they have a job... so idk.
Girl, I Feel you...
Im afro-German and my fro is kinda gigantic I guess. Well, my own father (who's black) doesn't allow me to wear it in school, in front of my friends' parents or anywhere else except on weeknds.
First I didn't understand it but now I get it.
Truth is: some people don't respect us the way we are. And another problem is, that afros are considered to be scruffy and stuff. I don't know. You just have to deal with it without denying your origins. Sad tho :(
Because they expect most black people to relax our hair or keep it close cropped (for guys). Most of us do, which is why they can get away with discriminating against people who dare to be natural since they are so small in numbers. I wasn't aware of people with afros being discriminated against but I know dreadheads get it bad.
I am a member of a black hair care forum and most of the naturals say they press/flat iron their hair for interviews and when they are new to jobs..
lol @ the white people not believing that discrimination against hair happens. Must be nice...
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i guess I know what you mean. I have natural hair, but it depends on where you go. that kind of racism is still allowed because the vast majority of black people aren't into their own hair, specifically women. the vast majority of black women straighten, relax, etc. our hair, so the norm is very far from what our natural textures generally are. its easier for white people to then say, "look, there’s a norm, what is seen as acceptable, and you need to fit that"
not that they wouldn’t be that way otherwise, but think about it. if we all walked around with afro hair, discriminating against it would pretty much mean discriminating against most black people. they don’t have to worry about that now, since most black women, specifically, have self hatred issues with their hair. we enable that, really. some black people are like that too. have you seen the movie "good hair" by chris rock? they interviewed these girls and they all said they wouldn’t take the one black girl with the afro hair seriously if she walked into a business environment like that. lol we enable this ourselves, like we do with so many things.
to give you a direct answer, all discrimination is not prohibited, my dear. RACIAL discrimination is prohibited, and while that is essentially what this is, because the vast majority of black women alter their hair, it becomes a separate issue. the employer can argue, "look here at jane doe. she has nice straight, relaxed hair and she’s black as coal. follow in her footsteps or walk your black ass out the door." employers discriminate all the time. my dad is an employer and he tells me that he will discriminate. he's not going to hire someone who isn’t willing to change certain things like multi-colored hair, with excessive facial hair, if they aren’t willing to take out facial piercing, if they have tattoos on their face, etc. depending on where you apply for work, they may be looking for a very uniform, professional look, and unfortunately, many places will deem our natural hair in certain styles as inappropriate. a lot of places won't fire you for it immediately, though. depends on where you want to work, and the individual policies and the individual attitudes of your employers, the workers there, and the atmosphere there.
Now, if you aren’t getting hired ANYWHERE, and it's "because of your hair texture", you mighht be living in some racist bubble or an area really lacking in diversity...or you may be making excuses because you’re an uneducated, under-qualified, lazy s.o.b.. you can find a job with your hair.
if you have this issue with hair, talk to your employers about it calmly, maybe make a plea for diversity and representation for the face of the company. it may or may not work, but at least you tried. you could refuse to work at a place like that, but lets be real, that isn't always the best decision in an economy like this. Its your call, though. You could just style your hair in a way that is less “offensive“. :/
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