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.

Natasha Wright-Monroe
Natasha Wright-Monroe

It just goes to show U once again how ignorance is bliss

Alex Chavez
Alex Chavez

"All women no matter their size, stature, skin tone, and appearance should not be open to ridicule and punished for tactful responses." I couldn't agree more!

Angie Moore
Angie Moore

Support Rhonda Lee.

Kitti Carlisle
Kitti Carlisle

RHONDA LEE, send your resume' to Hillary & Bill Clinton/Melanie & Bill Gates....U reallllly won't ever b comfortable even "IF THEY GV U THE JOB BACK!" Department of UNLAWFUL TERMINATION...
LOOUISIANA...............OH, NOOOOOOOOOO

Janet Trosper-Minor Kennedy

I definantely don't think anyone should have anything to do with how an individual wears their hair. Our society is so pompus that they think they can dictate how an individual should present themselves. Hair is nothing but dead cells that come out of the skin and hang on to your scalp. If you want to have all that filth hanging on your head that is your business, if Ms. Lee wants to cut her's off that is her business.

Michae le Jemison
Michae le Jemison

Be Encouraged!

Sandy Kirksey
Sandy Kirksey

U are a Beautiful woman I am behind u 100% standing up for your self is your God Given Right! What a bunch of Moron's u work for! are u hearing what I am hearing LAWSUIT, LAWSUIT! Don't let them get away with this kind of Discrimination!

Mary Morris
Mary Morris

Because the right to express one's self-individualism as a professional and still maintain corporate policy and HR policy makes for a better working environment culturally and an overall productive employee satisfaction in the workplace!

Millie Schroeder
Millie Schroeder

Well lets just fire all the men that GO BALD! That's not industry standard!

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