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Commentary: The war against black hair

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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:00 pm

America has always had trouble with black hair. The United States Army is only the latest in a long line of institutions, corporations and schools to restrict it. On March 31, the Army released an updated appearance and grooming policy, known as AR 670-1. It applies to all Army personnel, including students at West Point and those serving in the ROTC and the National Guard.

No distinctions are made for race or ethnicity, only gender, in that the regulations regarding hair are divided between women and men. But it’s not hard to infer that certain sections pertain specifically to black women, since they refer to hairstyles like cornrows, braids, twists and dreadlocks, severely limiting or banning them outright.

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2 comments:

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 6:09 pm on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    Hard to take seriously a discussion of Black hair that makes no mention of Jimi Hendrix, Angela Davis, or Foxy Brown.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:34 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 871

    Shouldn't that be BLACKS HAIR? Or does the Army want to be filled with hothead redheads?

     

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