This is terribly wrong, how they handled that. She didn't even come at the guy with rudeness or anything! I'd say she was very polite and respectful... I'd have had something a little different to say. >=/
Fee Dean should check this out and sign this petition~.
Crazy; I wondered what happened to her in Austin. Was refreshing to see her deliver the weather. According to this article, she was fired for HER HAIR. http://www.statesman.com/news/business/kxan-accused-of-racial-discrimination-libel-in-2-s/nRn2N/
Here's the exchange:
A black female meteorologist has been fired from the ABC affiliate in Shreveport, La., she told Journal-isms, because she responded to a racial remark posted by a viewer on the station’s Facebook page.
KTBS-TV’s action against Rhonda Lee followed a previous response by Lee to a viewer who questioned whether she should wear her short Afro, suggesting she put on a wig or grow more hair…
On Oct. 1, a viewer identified as Emmitt Vascocu wrote, “the black lady that does...
On Oct. 1, a viewer identified as Emmitt Vascocu 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. 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 (cq).”
Lee replied 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.”
Vascocu replied that Lee was right to be proud of who she is and that he is not a racist, but “. . . this world has . . . certain standerd (cq). if youve come from a world of being poor are you going to dress in rags?. . .”
Rhonda Lee is a 25-year veteran of the news industry.
MATRIX MENTALITY (only one "standard" of "beauty").
Judging from the FIGHT the Sister is displaying, I don't think she's going to be changing her appearance to "conform."
It's almost futile to respond to people who are so ignorant in their programming; nonetheless, to affect change it takes standing up to injustice and I applaud and support Ms. Lee for the sacrifice she's making, so that in the future people are considered for the content of character and depth of ability; NOT hair texture or skin color.
I thoroughly enjoyed Rhonda's spunk and miss her terribly.. Please bring her back to KTBS.. It's the right thing to do! Thanks!
I did too, and was very unhappy to see that she is not there anymore, she was very outgoing and brought that into her weather reporting. BRING HER BACK!!!!!!
Shame, Shame, Shame Channel 3. I live in Shreveport, I thought she had moved out of state, had no idea where she was. I will no longer look at your news. God made us and you cant undue it. I am proud to be what He made me. I hope you do the right thing before God take all of your jobs. You don't mess with God children, he see, hear everything you do. If you are one of Gods children, do what is right.
Take a look at my hair. It's even shorter now. Its not just whites that stare but my own Black people who stare at my hair as if something is wrong with me. The day I started losing my almost waist length hair, I freaked out. I spent a lot of money. I tried weave, wigs, vitamins, you name it. So I did the big chop; afterwards I had all the withdrawals of feeling I wasn't pretty anymore. ( Black Men were the worst in supporting my feelings) Too many of us are just as fake as the weave...
Take a look at my hair. It's even shorter now. Its not just whites that stare but my own Black people who stare at my hair as if something is wrong with me. The day I started losing my almost waist length hair, I freaked out. I spent a lot of money. I tried weave, wigs, vitamins, you name it. So I did the big chop; afterwards I had all the withdrawals of feeling I wasn't pretty anymore. ( Black Men were the worst in supporting my feelings) Too many of us are just as fake as the weave we wear. Oh I love you sistha's who walk around me flinging your WEAVE in my face... I mean please, REALLY! Black Women have been brainwashed "still" into believing we are not beautiful unless we have straight or long straight hair. That is such nonsense! Here in Atlanta there are as many women who are natural, as there are women who straighten, perm/relax, wear weaves, and wear wigs. Being natural is the most freeing thing that a Black Woman can ever do. So shame on you all who make your comments about women who choose to go natural for whatever their reason.
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Wasn't it just two seconds ago that an overweight white woman was hailed as a hero by calling out one of her fat-shaming bullies on the air? Why wasn't this woman given the same opportunity to call out her racist-commenting bully?
and worse- she was fired when she gave an eloquent response via Facebook.
My head is practically bald all the time because I like and choose this style. I know that I am beautiful. There is not one standard of beauty and people need to know and accept this. Ignorance does not rule my life.
Beatrice, nice post. 1LUV
THIS INJUSTICE DEMONSTRATED BY THE WHITE POWER STRUCTURE IS THE VERY REASON THAT WHITE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT POSSESS ABSOLUTE FINANCIAL CONTROL OVER AMERICA AND THE LIVES OF BLACK PEOPLE!
My full support to this incredible woman.
Also every single one of you should think about signing this petition.
What is the obsession in this country with black women's hair? We are the only race of people that are constantly criticzed, ridiculed, and insulted because of our God given hair. Even some black women do it to other black women as in the case of Gabby Gifford. I'm seriously considering going Afro again as I did decades ago. I do not have to conform to anyone's standard of beauty. Get over it.