Have you been thinking of transitioning to natural hair, but you are afraid of what others may say like your coworkers, friends and family. Imagine being a Black News Anchor Fired For Wearing Natural Hair? Yes it does happen but I want to encourage you to be your true self no matter what other people say. My favorite quote that inspires me to be my true self reads, “The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let anyone put you in that position.”
Unfortunately there are some people that feel obligated to tell other people what the definition of beauty is. I recently heard that there is a news reporter by the name of Brittany Noble, age 32 who filled a EEOC case against WJTV news station. In 2017 she filed a formal complaint after her boss told her that her natural hair was unprofessional. He said her natural hair was the equivalent to him wearing a baseball hat to go to the grocery store. I don’t know about you but I wear hats to the grocery store. Apparently he said, “her natural hair beauty was not good enough for us the viewers.” He further went on to say, “We need to see a beauty queen”. Seriously. She shared her experiences at the News Station on her Instagram page.
It is so unfortunate that stories like these where someone is fired for wearing natural hair continue happening. I honestly cant understand what goes on in someones head to get them to a point of being free to tell someone else that the are not beautiful with how God made them.
I had someone tell me I could not take my driving license with locs. Here is my experience. If you have locs you know that locs become you. I didn’t see myself any other way. To be told I am better off with a wig or weave was just beyond crossing a line. I have nothing against weaves and wigs. There are moments when I want a different look and there are moments when I want to be true to myself. What is not okay is when people demand that you become someone else every time.
There was a time when I felt like stories like these would never end but there is hope, recently the New York City Commission on Human Rights, put new guidelines saying the targeting of people based on their hair or hairstyle, at work, school or in public spaces, will now be considered racial discrimination.
The human rights commission specifically asserts that people now have the right to “natural hair, such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros. We are slowly getting there. I hope the whole country adopts this law.
I do want to give you hope especially if you have been thinking of transitioning to natural hair, but you are afraid of what others may say. I go to the Bible for strength especially in moments when decisions are hard but I also love quotes like these.
My favorite quote is this one
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.”
– Tony Robbins
Some people get intimated by the fact that you are living your true self. We are all out here trying to find who we are on earth. Some people get intimidated by people that seem comfortable with life. Once you know this you should
“Never dull your shine for somebody else.”
Like Tyra Banks said
You are meant to shine just the way God made you. I hope I inspired you to be your true self.
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