Thursday, December 13, 2012

Black women, an African American meteorologist is fired from job, after defending her natural short hair on Facebook

Sisters, Rhonda Lee, a Louisiana meteorologist was fired from her job, after politely defending herself when a rude TV viewer humiliated her on Facebook about her short hair.  As black women, we have already endured a lot of prejudice growing up as young black girls around other white, Latino and Asian girls.   To be an adult and still endure such prejudice is very sickening.   Fortunately, Rhonda Lee has had a lot of support demanding that the television station rehire her, because she should not have been disciplined nor fired for politely defending herself on Facebook.

You black women who love yourselves, read this rude statement, a viewer left on Facebook about Rhonda Lee's hair. Then, tell us what you would do, if you were her?  According to, Emmitt Vascocu, who wrote on Facebook back in October, “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. I'm not sure if she is a cancer patient,” Vascocu continued in the post, according to Journal-isms, “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.”   Now sisters, after the civil rights movement many black women who thought we were so equal have often insulted strong black women like Rhonda Lee for standing up to this guy and this ignorance is still going on today.   However, no matter how diverse we think we are, we still endure a lot of racial discrimination and Souls of Black Women is one group of ladies who do not call defending yourself militant or being mean, it's called self-respect.   Therefore, in this age of facing extreme racism, after President Obama's re-election, we think it is about time black women stand up to these rude people like Vascocu.  For this reason, if she was white, she would have never read such a comment in our opinion.  White women wear short hair all the time and nobody says a thing.   So, this is what she said in her response and we admire her for taking matters into her own hands, because if your supervisors, professors and some submissive black folks to white supremacists do not care about you, no one else will.   

Here is our sister's response to him that got her fired:

“I am the ‘black lady’ to which you are referring,” she wrote in response, according to “I'm sorry you don't like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer.”

“I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. … 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.”

What's wrong with her standing up to this person in a polite fashion?  Rhonda Lee getting fired for standing up to rude people is nothing new, we as black women have put up with a lot hell while attending college and even on our previous jobs.   Whenever we stood up to prejudice people we were even called militant and racist by our own race of submissive black people, but we are here to tell you there is nothing wrong with loving and caring about yourself when others try to intimidate and insult you.  When you respond in a respectful way, there is absolutely no reason for you to receive a lower grade or be fired from your job.  This type of mess has been going on for too long and the journalists of Souls of Black Women say, enough is enough.  God created black women just like other races of women and He loves us just as much.  

In the meantime, we will be praying for Rhonda Lee and that she is rehired at her job as a meteorologist.

Black meteorologist in Louisiana, Rhonda Lee, touched by support after getting canned for defending natural hair from racial comments on Facebook

A black meteorologist from Louisiana says she’s moved to tears by the outpouring of support she has received since being canned for defending her natural hair from racially tinged Facebook remarks.

“I would never have dreamed in a million years that I would get all this support,” Rhonda Lee said to the Daily News after her termination...Read full article, here.

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