Rescind the Chatham County Superior Court Grooming Policy and Reinstate Suspended Employee sign now

We, the undersigned, wish to express our disgust and anger with the newly implemented "Grooming Policy" of the Chatham County Superior Court in Savannah, Georgia, USA.

This grooming policy broadly states "twists are not allowed" and "dredlocks are not allowed" with regard to hair styles. Also stated as not allowed is hair deemed "eccentric". Which of course is open to personal interpretation and cultural stereotyping.

We demand that Ms. Inger Bostick, who was forced onto vacation leave because she wears her short, African-textured hair non-chemically relaxed and in neat, small, single twists, be immediately re-instated to her former position and her vacation pay refunded to her. In no way has her hair diminished her ability to perform her job and there is no reason other than her choosing to wear her African-textured hair naturally, for her to have been suspended from work.

Dredlocks and twists, for people of African descent, are very natural, simple, and common hair styles in the African American community. These hair styles you refer to as "dredlocks" and "twists" can be just as neatly styled and professional looking as the hair styles commonly performed on straight, European type hair.

To disallow all hair styles that come under the category of "dredlocks" and "twists" is a policy which specifically targets and discriminates against Black persons with specific racial genetic characteristics because these are hair styles which can only be neatly achieved on very tightly curled and highly textured natural Black hair.

Any grooming policy regarding individual hair styles needs to be independently assessed on an individual basis, not a blanket assumption based on an ill-informed generalization.

Since this part of the policy strictly prohibits neatly groomed hair styles for natural Black hair, we can think of no better description of this part of the new policy than racist and in violation of the rights and freedoms of Black American citizens.

We trust the policy-makers will proceed to further educate themselves on African American-type hair and the neat and professional hair styles associated thus and amend this policy decision to reflect a more accepting and fair approach to the hair grooming choices of African American citizens.

For the information of viewers, press release of this grooming policy is currently located here: http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/072602/LOChair.shtml.

In case the above link expires, information can also be found here: http://nappturality.suddenlaunch2.com/index.cgi?board=culture&action=display&num=1029034983

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    this is a miscarraige of human rights and invades a person dignity
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    hair is a reflection of who you are not what you can do
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    This type of discrimination will no longer be tolerated.
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    This is 2002...what next? Back to the back of the bus?
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  • 17 January 2016987. Crystalrenna L
    I work with the STATE OF NEW YORK, and they have not had any rules that violate my personal choice of wearing my hair in dreds. As long as I get my work done, they are in agreement with that. Your hairstyle does not effect your work. CRL
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  • 09 January 2016984. Karen E
    What's wrong with twists?
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  • 30 December 2015981. Senfo T
    The cause is genuine, I stand by you Sisters and Brothers. Down with white Supremacy!
  • 21 December 2015980. Nkoyo A
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  • 20 December 2015979. Marcia M
    I fully support Ms Bostick's decision not to change her hairstyle. I have worn my hair naturally for more than 20 years in an Afro and now in locks. Reading Ms. Bostick's story makes me realize how fortunate I am.
  • 18 December 2015978. Kim W
    ridiculous and illegal
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  • 12 December 2015976. Tamika N
    It is very unfair for her not to be able to work because of how the hair she was born with looks. America needs to wake up and worry about real issues at hand!
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  • 10 December 2015974. Shana C
    I don't think you can really do that with out destroying a part of our culture that has been with us for so long. If you ban locs and twists, then you have to ban spike hair do's and mo hawks!

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Nathan BartlettBy:
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Chatham County Superior Court, Georgia USA

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