US Navy Dismisses African-American Woman For Refusing To Cut Her Natural Hair

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This week, the Navy announced that it was discharging Jessica Sims, who been a sailor for 12-years, for “failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle.”The military has been under scrutiny for guidelines issued in March that critics believe were discriminatory toward African-American women. Those regulations; “specifically forbid several hairstyles popular for black women who keep their hair natural, including twists, headbands, dreadlocks, or multiple braids that are larger than a quarter-inch.”

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