Virginia Robertson
Virginia Robertson

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.

January Jones
January Jones

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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Kerri Samuelson
  • January Jones

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Debbie Pool James
Debbie Pool James

I thoroughly enjoyed Rhonda's spunk and miss her terribly.. Please bring her back to KTBS.. It's the right thing to do! Thanks!

Linda Green Eseman
Linda Green Eseman
  • Debbie Pool James

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!!!!!!

Debbie Pool James
Debbie Pool James
  • Debbie Pool James

Yeah!!

Chandra Washington
Chandra Washington

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/

Chandra Washington
Chandra Washington
  • Chandra Washington

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...

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 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.

Chandra Washington
Chandra Washington
  • Chandra Washington

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.

Kelly Jones
Kelly Jones

This is so disgusting! Why should she lose her job for sticking up for herself (politely!) in response to a bigoted comment? I'll be sharing this petition and I hope she gets her job back.

Derrick Thompson
Derrick Thompson

Rohnda is very classy and also very attractive no matter what length her hair is. Racism of any kind has no place in todays society. Judge the individual not the race! One Love! Jah Love!

Linda Heath
Linda Heath

That is ridiculous to fire her because of her hair. She looks very nice and should definitely be re hired.

Richard Milliones
Richard Milliones

Thia ain't your father's America!

Mani Suri
Mani Suri

KTBS-TV's actions are reprehensible, ill-advised, egregious, and insensitive. If anything, the short-sighted executives and board members who are responsible for this inanity ought to be sacked while Ms. Lee is re-instated to her position with a raise.

Danielle Gilmer
Danielle Gilmer

I was wanderin what happened to my friend.. I thought u was taken a vacation..but this is for u Rhonda Lee.

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