America’s Hair Angst: “WeatherNation Hires Meteorologist Fired for Explaining Black Hair” – Lynette Holloway/theroot.com

America’s Hair Angst, Continues

Dear Blogger,  Here’s a story I’d like to share:

Rhonda is an African heroine worthy of celebrating for high moral courage, and elevated as role model worthy of emulation while over 200,000,000 African women have succumbed to tress stress, passing money they need for good food and education to false and natural human dealers. 

Bully to Rhonda.

Tao.

 

Dear Tao,

Thanks very much for this.

Regards, as always, TOLA.

Hair angst

Rhonda Lee/Rhonda Lee

 

Rhonda Lee, a meteorologist thrust into the national spotlight in 2012 after she was fired from a TV station for responding to a viewer’s racist remarks about her Afro, has a new gig. The Vane reports that Lee announced Friday that she’s been hired as meteorologist by WeatherNation.

Lee was fired from the KTBS-TV, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, La., during the winter holiday season in 2012, she told Journal-isms at the time, because she responded to a racial remark posted by a viewer, Emmitt Vacocu, on October 1 on the station’s Facebook page. He wrote, “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. im not sure if she is a cancer patient.”

Lee responded the same day: “Hello Emmitt–I am the ‘black lady’ to which you are referring. I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. I’m a non-smoking, 5’3, 121 lbs, 25 mile a week running, 37.5 year old woman, and I’m in perfectly healthy physical condition.

“I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. For your edification: traditionally our hair doesn’t grow downward. It grows upward. Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display. 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. Little girls (and

boys for that matter) need to see that what you look like isn’t a reason to not achieve their goals.

“Conforming to one standard isn’t what being American is about and I hope you can embrace that.

“Thank you for your comment and have a great weekend and thank for watching.”

Welcome back, Rhonda!

MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014.  6:05 a.m. [GMT]

 

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5 Comments on “America’s Hair Angst: “WeatherNation Hires Meteorologist Fired for Explaining Black Hair” – Lynette Holloway/theroot.com”

  1. Falade A.G. Says:

    What did Rhonda Lee say wrong? I think those that fired her probably were demented. In the working of the Law of Nature, she has been elevated! And I’m consoled with that.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Prof.,

      Rhonda said nothing wrong and it’s kudos to her that ignoring the repercussion that she knew would accompany her standing up for her rights, she voiced the thoughts of millions of African-Americans, especially women. In small and big ways, America continues to hold on to its slavery past when a white kid of fifteen would call a grown African-American male a “boy”, when a white man would strut into the slave quarters at night and mate with any African-American woman of his choice and later sell that same woman and his child to different owners.

      That is a past many white Americans pine for, a past that is gone forever, and a past with anything resembling it that the young woman, Rhonda would have none of.

      She deserves one of those African-American awards given for Heritage because what she did may be not as momentous as what Rosa Parks did – and that’s not trying to take anything away from Ms. Parks’ deserved place in history in any way – but Rhonda knew she would lose her job but that was not as important to her as losing her dignity.

      Thank God she now has another employer.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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  2. Femi Aborisade Says:

    But why would the employer fire Rhonda for this mature, intelligent, educative and non-racist reply, in spite of the provocative remarks about her? Thanks for sharing this. Femi.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Femi,

      Thanks for this, and thanks to Tao for sharing.

      It’s amazing that America’s dark past continues to haunt its present but it’s also heartening that African-Americans like Rhonda have the courage and pride despite the financial problems they will face to stand up to this particular vestige of slavery.

      We salute Rhonda and women like her.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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