Cries of racial bias followed news of the U.S. Army’s newly updated grooming policy last week that critics say unfairly targets black women.
The grooming policy, Army Regulation 670-1, bans popular hairstyles worn primarily by black women. The regulation has not been made official yet, but the new rules were detailed in a PowerPoint presentation that was leaked on March 20.
In the presentation, examples of women wearing “multiple braids”, headbands and twists were shown as unacceptable hairstyles. Now, opponents of the changes have started an online petition in hopes of changing the proposed policy.