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11 Examples Highlighting the War Against Natural Black Hair


Tiana Parker sent home from school crying for having locks

Tiana Parker, 7, was reprimanded by her Tulsa, Okla., elementary school in September for wearing locks to school. Her father removed her from the Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, after the charter school’s dress code banning “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and other faddish styles” sent her home in tears.

Two weeks after Tiana transferred to another school over the policy, her former school backtracked with an apology and amendment to its dress code.




MarKeese Warner

MarKeese Warner denied employment for dreadlocks

In June 2012, Penn State engineering student MarKeese Warner learned when she applied for a summer job at Six Flags in Mitchellville, Md., that she was denied employment because her locks were a breach of the company policy against “extreme hairstyles.”

Six Flags stood by its decision and claims it is an equal opportunity employer.


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44 thoughts on “11 Examples Highlighting the War Against Natural Black Hair

  1. This what happens when we love the enemy and not ourselves!!!

  2. Lorna P. Black says:

    I have worn my hair natural since 1999, first in an afro for 2 year, 11 years with dreadlocks and 2 years with protective styles at times. It is now 1 year with my reddish/auburn color and I love it…Freedom. Yes, I love my natural hair. Thank you very much!!

  3. Mario Jawahir says:

    you also missing the discrimination going on in texas with regards to they requiring ppl have a license to braid hair

  4. Horace Henry says:

    I think Black women have beautiful hair and just like anyone else, they just have to take care of it and keep it clean. The concern that I have is (and I will probably get jumped on by what I'm going to say) it seems to me that our women don't like their "own" hair. The reason I say this is, in Atlanta, for every five women that you meet on the street, four of them are wearing some kind of extentions, attchments or whatever they call it to make their hair longer. Some of them may even go as far as having "hair" glued onto their scalps! All for what? To (in their opinion) make them more attractive. I don't know too much about this, but I think that the things that they do to their own natural hair like buying extentions, having those "transparent weaves put in their hair and letting folks glue hair to their scalps suggest to me that one of the main enemies waging war against Black women's hair are Black women themselves. Many of ya'll think all of that flowing, long, wavy, silky black hair that hangs half way down your backs make you look good. Another thing that I have noticed. You know how white girls "fling" their hair all the time using quick movements of the neck, or running their fingers through their hair and then "flinging" it? Well, sad to say, "sisters" have started doing the same thing. One last thing (and I say this lovingly), these Black women who feel that they need to have all of these long, expensive weaves and extensions need to know that as men, we really don't care about all of the "add ons" that you have like nails, body piercings, hair and God forbid, tatoos. No, we would rather see the real you. You may be wearing that long "beautiful", flowing hair to make you "look good" and it may do that. But one thing is for sure, you may "own" that stuff, but it's not your's".

  5. Brenda Siler says:

    There have been conversations among Black women for umpteen years about our hair. Individual preference, but many are going back to natural because there are more important things to worry about. But some "natural" styles require just as much care as relaxed or "add-ins." You are right, investing in upkeep and maintenance is the key. "Natural" doesn't mean just letting it go or not seeing a dermatologist if you are having some scalp issues. I've gone the range, (no "add-ins," but never told a guy he couldn't touch my hair. It's not gonna break, plus that's why combs and brushes were made. 😉

  6. ifyou have nay info about this please post or in box me

  7. My sista, how do I be a part of the energy of this community, all the way from Jamaica??? Black truly is beautiful!!!

  8. Helene Tomlinson says:

    I am trying to go natural.

  9. Moziah Bonneau says:

    Fear of a BLACK

  10. I only clicked this link because those braids, and the woman wearing them, are so stunningly beautiful. Not liking your own hair, I can understand (used to *hate* my curls) but other lording over you to change it… that's messed up!

  11. Is it really that serious? Our hair has a different texture then most of the other peoples in this world. It make us unique! Its time we stop letting an ignorant and racist society dictate how we wear our hair. It is not what is on your head that makes you who you are but the quality of the mind that speaks to your character.

  12. Vanessa Valentine says:

    That is just scandalous. Braids , dreads , etc are ethnic syles but to deny them is to deny ourselves and our culture. BS

  13. Junie Reid says:


  14. Are you saying there's discrimination whenever a profession is required to be licensed? Licenses are required as protection for the general public in matters of health and safey.

  15. Mario Jawahir says:

    Sisstarmama Onyeka Montgomery heres one off the links…

  16. Rebeccah El says:

    It's jealousy lol. We wear our hair how we choose straighten it, braid it, lock it, or just let it do what it does. How many "others" have that option? Keep the law suits coming if not b4 u know it we'll be back on that paper bag ish…

  17. Renée Drummond says:

    @ Joseph no it's racist because our culture does not require us to go to school to learn how to braid hair, we learn near enough from the day we were born. Same way white people learn how to look after their hair. U see them needing a licence for Caucasian hair?

  18. Wildfire S Mitchell says:

    I can only assume that Ms Underwood is speaking from experience, given the hideous weave in the pic, she must know what she hiding underneath!

  19. Tremayne Primm says:

    Helene Tomlinson You are trying to go natural? Just do it! We as black women and black men MUST learn to love our hair and not continue to conform to white standards of beauty. We all have GOOD HAIR!

  20. Tremayne Primm says:

    Joseph A. Gambino Requiring a license to braid hair is only a way to make money for the state. Cornrows/Briads and other ethnic styles has been worn since the beginning of time. It is only with the popularity of Black women WEARING more braids they are requiring a license.

  21. Mykia Platt says:

    Joseph A. Gambino The issue with this is, the only health code violation you could get when braiding hair is from not washing your hands before you start. There is no chemicals involved, no heat, or even hair washing. Its just the technique and skills of your hand. Its like saying you need a license to knit. Its dumb.

  22. Black mothers braid their daughter's hair before sending them to school everyday in America. Will they now be forced to get a 'license' in order to do so? Braiding her is part of our culture. White people cannot relate to that aspect of our being. Yet, they want to regulate it!?!?! The state wants to profit from the regulation by charging for licenses. White people are attempting to criminalize an aspect of Black culture which is as ancient as Black people are themselves. And we need to fight back on this one…

  23. OMG girl! That weave is a HAM!

  24. Wildfire S Mitchell says:

    That's the legacy of conditioning AKA skavery……

  25. awww really? Her hair was adorable! and she looks sweet as a button. i love the cute flower.

  26. Michael Miles says:

    Please stop calling them dreadlocks

  27. Michael Miles says:

    Just locks will do well enough.

  28. Jerry Tenney says:

    Black hair can be beautiful. Katherine Lemire looks stunning.

  29. Bwire Vincent says:

    If you want to be integrated into their society, you got to play by their rules. Shrewd businessmen like Michael Jackson knew this.

  30. J Nicole Killings says:

    Joseph A. Gambino there isn't a specific license for braiders. She would have to attend cosmetology school which includes everything from barbering to hair dye, chemical treatments etc. Then take a test. Her argument is that she only braids, why pay for those other things? She would have to close her business to attend school

  31. Teri Graham says:

    None of this is shocking because the white community still believes that they call all the shots and African Americans need to conform to their standards. Blacks have every right to embrace their own beauty and culture without being penalized at school of work. My male cousin sported dreads for years while working for a wall street firm and my female cousin had long braids like Janet Jackson wore while working for a law firm. I guess this is the reason I've spent little time in corporate America. I don't feel the need to conform because its a way of saving who I am is not as good and I don't believe that.

  32. Sandra Moore-Dyrenforth says:

    Four years ago I stopped putting "products" in and/on my hair and my migraines headaches went away. Just saying….

  33. Public safety huh…..That is the fact "the board" hides behind. They had to find a way to legitimately implement the pimping…I meant… taxation of natural talent .People still violate those rules and the board does nothing but collect more fees. The real reason is because there is money involved so the greedy wants their share. I don't see free hair braiding being regulated. The regulation only becomes valid IF you're charging $$$MONEY$$$!

  34. Try telling the truth. You know the major reason why black women wear their hair straight is because of the constant discrimination that Caucasian run corporations dealt to our grandmothers and mothers back in the day. Also, the black men also discriminated. They developed that same silly beauty standard that white mainstream society has with blond hair and blue eyes. You punks know that you would look past the Sister with natural hair to the light or white skinned woman with straight hair. You've been conditioned and you wreak the most havoc within our race. You're always making it known what kind of women you like with your preferences. Many of you are still crossing the line to white and light women so that your children, should you have some will have so called 'good hair'. Your hip videos, rap videos, and other industries all promote 'white standards'. You exercise no power but to fall in line too. You are the weakest when it comes to supporting and standing up for your own race of women. Remember the "Paper bag" test that our people were put through when it came to belonging or getting into clubs? Remember the discrimination bouncers would be told who to let it and who NOT to? Yes, it was black men. Black men are always picking out of a group of Black girls groups who they speak to. It's stupid. Now you want to jump on some "Holier than thou" bandwagon trying to condemn black women to fixing a problem that has her on the receiving end of discrimination not only by White systems but also by her same race of men? You talk foolish. I'm glad Black women on their own have taken the position to shun you and everyone else when it comes to accepting herself. This movement has been in play or a long time and it can't be stopped no matter the open and public attacks even by her own people. That's a shame and too bad you're going to miss the boat as she is making headway and she's not looking back. Not at systems and certainly not at you for your past hatred and public disparaging of her natural looks. She's though you were the twisted one for having come from a Black mother while hating those same characteristics that she was born with but had passed on to him. But we know he's hating himself.

  35. Well said. But I find that other cultures tend to love and embrace our styles. With Caucasians, it seems to be a 'deeper' issue. I think it reminds them of rebellious slaves. They think we're going to revolt. lol

  36. Jerks in Hollywood, and Music and Sports Industry are always discriminating against Sisters who go natural. Heck, even the Jewish moguls tell their newly signed black men to avoid choosing women who wear braids, twists, dreads, etc. They are carefully monitored not to embrace their culture too much. This is why a we are being weakened. Those celebs becomes the idols of young men who copy them choosing women that do not even look like their mothers, sister and aunts. Then they want to point fingers and blame black women for spending money to try to equalize her beauty to the mainstream standard just to find employment. Look, American society is run by racists and it decimates a community when Black 'sellouts' members jump on the bandwagon via exercising the same discrimination.

  37. Lisa Crowe says:

    Anyone should be able wear whatever hair style they want free from ridicule or humiliation. Simply the longstanding and most influencing global European standard of beauty is dissolved, although not completely. But the point is that most young people nowadays embrace a more "inclusive" and/or "diverse" standard of beauty which is appreciated and even encouraged.

  38. All of this is white supremacy ideologies at work here. Whites want Blacks to get with their program and completely deny who we are. It's all about dominating, controlling and conquering. Nothing new there. yet, the majority of them swear there's no racism and that the majority of them don't practice, maintain and support white supremacy/racism. I beg to differ. If white people are around, there will be white supremacy/racism practiced, maintained and supported by the majority of them whether covertly or overtly. Oblivian and denial is the name of this game. Truth would dismantle their beloved system and must be avoided at all cost. smh

  39. chris brown got a song out with the line that goes: "all my bitches got real hair chill'in with the top down." now, I don;t like that line. he does not have the right to say that. We don;t like it.

  40. they are dred locks because they represent the dred condition we, as Black people, are forced to live in this world. this is not a style for show and if you are not conscious of our dred existence then you are not suppose to even be wearing your hair in dred locks. Dred. Jah Rastafari

  41. Oh for Lord's sake. Why is this still a thing? Black hair is gorgeous. You wear it any damned way you please. As long as it's hygienic, it's nobody else's business.

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