These days, you don’t have to look hard to find stories of hair discrimination against African Americans. From elementary school children to adults in the workplace, African Americans are consistently targeted for how they wear their hair. Especially if it’s worn in various braided styles, locs, or a loose afro. African Americans are the only race where their hair is deemed unkempt and unprofessional if it is not worn in accordance with European standards – bone straight. While one can trace the reasons why back to slavery times and beyond, the issue remains that hundreds of years later this problem still exists. Not only does it still exist, but some in the African American community has taken on the same belief that African American hair isn’t presentable unless it is straightened chemically or by heat. Going-Natural had the privilege of speaking with LaShawn Buckman who was recently discriminated against because of her locs during a job interview.
GN: LaShawn, Going-Natural.com came across your story of loc discrimination from a post you made in a loc group on FB. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What was the position you interviewing for?
LaShawn: The position I was interviewing for was a correctional officers position.