Black Meteorologist Fired for Responding to Racist Facebook Comment About Her Hair
Black meteorologist Rhonda A. Lee was fired from her position at an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, LA for responding to a racist facebook comment about her hair.
A facebook commenter named Emmit Vascou wrote, “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady.the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but still its not something myself that i think looks good on tv. what about letting someone a male have waist long hair do the news.what about that (cq).”
Lee responded to the post with maturity and class.
“I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. For your edification: traditionally our hair doesn’t grow downward. It grows upward. Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display. Women come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and levels of beauty. Showing little girls that being comfortable in the skin and HAIR God gave me is my contribution to society. Little girls (and boys for that matter) need to see that what you look like isn’t a reason to not achieve their goals.
“Conforming to one standard isn’t what being American is about and I hope you can embrace that.
“Thank you for your comment and have a great weekend and thank for watching.”
Vascocu replied that Lee was right to be proud of who she is and that he is not a racist, but “. . . this world has . . . certain standerd (cq). if youve come from a world of being poor are you going to dress in rags?. .”
Despite her measured approach, Lee was fired from her position.
Her former employers allege that Lee broke a rule that was mentioned at a meeting Lee didn’t attend.
The rule is literally an unwritten one, not documented anywhere.
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