Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Doing It Wrong - The Military

The US military has recently released new, approved hairstyle/grooming guidelines. Among them, regulations against black women wearing their hair in natural styles. While the regulations don't come out and put it in those terms, that's the end result. Wow, I wish I was making this up or that this was an April Fool's joke here at Pobble Thoughts.

Check out the pictures:

What I ~ and many other people ~ get from this is White women, be judicious about your accessories. Black women, look more like white women. 

I understand the need for discipline and unity. But to penalize an entire group of people because of what their hair naturally does, and to require them to bother with chemicals and other agents in order to straighten, "calm" or otherwise manage their hair when there are completely acceptable, natural, alternatives is ludicrous and yes, reeks of racism. Plus, you know, when a black woman is in the field, I'm sure her primary concern is making sure she's got relaxer in her ruck.

Come on, Uncle Sam. Be better than this.

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.


Ian Lidster said...

I think that's prejudicial and judgmental. But, no military has ever been noted for its enlightenment.225