We told you yesterday that a federal appeals court, in a 3-0 decision, ruled that choosing not to employ someone over their choice to wear dreadlocks is not a form of racial discrimination. So an Alabama insurance claims processing company’s decision to rescind a young woman’s job offer due to her refusal to get rid of her locs was legal. However, I think we all know that just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right.
So, quite a few people took to social media to speak out against the decision by posting images of themselves, at work, wearing their locs. And trust me, there is nothing “messy” about them. Check out the best responses to the appeals court decision via the hashtag, #professionallocs. And be sure to follow one of my favorite Instagram pages, @LocLivin, as they encouraged people to share their images.
💚 @harrietlajade "I'm a PhD Candidate in the biomedical sciences. I rocked my fro for almost a decade before deciding to loc my hair up. I've been loc'd for almost 2 years now. They're awesome. My locs give me superpowers. #professionallocs #loclivin #lovinmylocs #blackgirlmagic #blackscientist #smile #lifeisbeautiful #embraceyourjourney #positivevibes #loclivin #loclivin1
💚 @_queendom_ "I am a loc'd professional. I work for a homecare agency as an Intake Coordinator and am also a certified Personal Trainer. I started my journal 3 years ago after not knowing what direction to go in life. When I started my locs I also chose to start my journey in grad school. Seems like once I started my locs, my life as a professional enhanced too. Never let them tell u that we can't rock locs in the workplace! #professionallocs #smile #lifeisbeautiful #embraceyourjourney #positibevibes #loclivin #loclivin1
💚 @Kevbazz06 "I work as a TV and Film producer in Hollywood. A place where your physical appearance outweighs your talent. A place where your skin complexion is often judged. I refused to be controlled because of the way I wear my hair. I refused to witness talented actors be dismissed because of their melanin. My freewill is way too important to be compromised like that. End result; I took action in my own hands. I started my own production company. Now I do what I please. Our motto is "Empowering you through multimedia" and we stand by that. #professionallocs #smile #lifeisbeautiful #embraceyourjourney #positibevibes #loclivin #loclivin1
💚 @mkittell81 …my nephew Onyx (@msryannicole) "Hailing from Oakland, CA. Almost 9 years strong. Increasingly more difficult to put them in a bun. My department has a very strict uniform and grooming policy, so I make sure I get them done on a regular basis. I've been approached by several African American officers who have said they wish their Departments allowed them to grow Locs. #professionallocs #smile #lifeisbeautiful #embraceyourjourney #positivevibes #loclivin #loclivin1
#Professionallocs #loclivin #athletenarchitect I'm a STAFF Architect in South Florida rocking the Locs…when I'm not on the TRACK training…thankful that my hair journey has always been Embraced just as much as my endeavor as professional athlete…In case you didn't hear a judge recently ruled banning dreadlocks in workplace is NOT discrimination🙄😳🤔 …#embraceyourjourney and others will too…#lifeisbeautiful #beautynbrains #livelaughlOve #loveyourselffirst #blessedandgratefulalways
💚 @enita_shay "I started my loc journey over a year ago. I was nervous and apprehensive due to the stigmas associated with locs. As a federal employee I know how hard it can be to maintain a certain look. Well, after welcoming my definition of womanhood and what defines me, I embraced my hair in all its deliciousness. #professionallocs #smile #lifeisbeautiful #embraceyourjourney #positivevibes #loclivin #loclivin1