It hurts me that in this day and age we, as a people, cannot embrace our own culture. I recently discovered the article in Black Enterprise entitled “Hampton University School of Business Bans Dreadlocks“….and I did the double take, like really?! I personally know several people that went to Hampton and a few of them actually have locs and graduated and landed great jobs, so why is it that the Dean insists “Male students enrolled in the school’s 5-year MBA program who take the seminar class cannot wear dreadlocks or cornrows in class“?
Dreadlocks in Corporate America
I personally have been in the Corporate World with my relaxed hair, natural hair, and now sisterlocks and haven’t faced discrimination. Yet, at a historically African-American school you’re told that you have to look “this way” if you want to make it. Truly Sad. It should be hard to believe, but its not.
Typically we, in the African-American Society, are known to bring each other down, but I believe its time to start building each other up! Bans like this only further reiterate the mentality that we are inferior and have to conform in order to succeed, which is really not the case. I am thankful for groups like T.A.N.G.L.E.S. which stands for “Transitioners and Naturals Growing, Learning, and Educating Students” that is on Howard University’s campus. T.A.N.G.L.E.S offers support and encouragement for natural hair instead of labeling it as inferior! I have spoken to the T.A.N.G.L.E.S. group several times over the past few semesters and I hope to speak with them again and show that Locs, Natural Hair, Braids, or Cornrows are parts of our culture that are accepted, if you accept them.