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US Army's new grooming standards called racially biased
http://america.aljazeera.com ^ | March 28 2014 | The Stream Team

Posted on 03/29/2014 8:31:21 AM PDT by Mandingo Conservative

The U.S. Army is coming under fire for changes to its appearance and grooming standards, which some say discriminates against black women who wear their hair natural...Within and outside of the Army, women of color have been calling the guidelines racially biased. A White House petition has amassed more than 3,000 signatures to date requesting that the Army reconsider...Unauthorized hairstyles now include twists, dreadlocks, Afros and braids that are more than a quarter-inch thick – styles commonly worn by many African-American women...Army veteran "Tonya" [name has been changed to protect identity], who has dreadlocks...

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TOPICS: Humor; Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: africanamerican; army; buzzcut; hair; military; racecard
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1 posted on 03/29/2014 8:31:21 AM PDT by Mandingo Conservative
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To: Mandingo Conservative

The jokes just write themselves here!


2 posted on 03/29/2014 8:32:40 AM PDT by Mandingo Conservative (Satan was like the first "community organizer", just ask Eve, the first liberal useful idiot!)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

It’s only right to look 3rd world isn’t it?


3 posted on 03/29/2014 8:34:04 AM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: Mandingo Conservative

What no GI haircut?


4 posted on 03/29/2014 8:36:56 AM PDT by ex-snook (God forgives and forgets.)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

—I know it is silly to suggest that same standards for all sexes should be the same—( about 1/4” max , say )-—


5 posted on 03/29/2014 8:39:27 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

We’re boned.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 8:39:33 AM PDT by thoolou ("Technology is driven by those who understand it the least" - Unknown)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Muslims are allowed beards but Christians are not allowed.


7 posted on 03/29/2014 8:41:24 AM PDT by mountainlion
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To: Mandingo Conservative

when you sign up you agree to the rules. plain and simple. if you don’t like the rules, don’t sign up. plain and simple.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 8:41:30 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

God forbid that anybody be required to look professional these days.

When you call a plumber and some idiot wearing his cap sideways with clothes 2 sizes too big falls out of a van in your driveway, you see the current state of affairs of professionalism. They tell you immediately by this that they aren’t to be taken seriously and the quality of their work will soon prove that.


9 posted on 03/29/2014 8:41:39 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Are we getting to the point where a thief will be able to sue a bank for discrimination because they won’t hire him and let him count the money in the vault? Or pedophiles can demand that they be allowed to manage children’s camps?


10 posted on 03/29/2014 8:43:21 AM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Baynative

Likely. We’re just seeing the coming attractions now.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 8:45:58 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Mandingo Conservative
Just Damn! They joined the U. S. Army - You Are In The Army Now. Comply with the regulations!


12 posted on 03/29/2014 8:46:44 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: headstamp 2

I have stopped being surprised by the manner of dress and behavior of job applicants that come to interview at my company. I must have missed the memo that said that suits and shoes are optional, tattoos can be exposed and multiple piercings everywhere but the ears is acceptable. Oh, not to mention the lack of communication skills these days.

Obama has succeeded in destroying the greatest military in the world. We are so screwed.


13 posted on 03/29/2014 8:47:47 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Mandingo Conservative
afro photo: Afro hat afro_hair.jpg

However, hairstyles that incorporate their own cover are permissible because of their practicality.

14 posted on 03/29/2014 8:48:54 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Military grooming standards have nothing to do with race.
They are for the express purpose of keeping the troops alive.
When WW1 came along and they deployed poison gas and other nasty things, gas masks would not seal on a face with a beard, nor would they fit properly with long shaggy hair.


15 posted on 03/29/2014 8:49:28 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: ealgeone
"when you sign up you agree to the rules. plain and simple. if you don’t like the rules, don’t sign up. plain and simple."

We had uniform, and personal appearance guidelines we had to follow in my job. We were told by the powers-that-be, that those rules were part of the paycheck.

16 posted on 03/29/2014 8:49:43 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

The Army just reflects society. Americans are becoming more fragmented, less united. No one celebrates what makes us a nation, rather they celebrate more and more what divides us.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 8:50:47 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Mandingo Conservative
The U.S. Army is coming under fire for changes to its appearance and grooming standards

Oddly, the Russian Army appears to be having no such problems...

18 posted on 03/29/2014 8:55:44 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: BuffaloJack

The problem that I have with these regs is that it does the opposite. A black woman who doesn’t want to use relaxers or nasty weaves is left with few options here. This is impractical for women in combat or the field.

She can’t have multiple braids, so cornrows are out. She can’t shave the sides short and leave a bit on the top (a high and tight) because she has to leave it with some length.

I get that there need to be regs, but they just took away most of the healthy options.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 9:00:13 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Red_Devil 232

so obama’s son wont be allowed entry in the Army when he reaches 18?...


20 posted on 03/29/2014 9:02:18 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Do they skip at the Pentagon for exercise yet?


21 posted on 03/29/2014 9:02:27 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Mandingo Conservative

“Women of Color” have had no problems with military grooming standards for generations.

But it’s Obama’s Army now.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 9:02:28 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Baynative

We’re past that point. Eric Holder decided (or someone did) we cannot do criminal background checks, as they are potentially discriminatory, or something. I am not kidding.


23 posted on 03/29/2014 9:03:26 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Call it Balkanization, devolution or entropy. If not checked early, it is fatal.


24 posted on 03/29/2014 9:05:28 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Snickering Hound

Does that come in a gi helmet style?


25 posted on 03/29/2014 9:06:56 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Mandingo Conservative

I am sure the reason they did this is people were getting out of hand, but the idiot Obama voters will think it is the evil military just trying to keep blacks down.


26 posted on 03/29/2014 9:13:19 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Wasn’t it easier when everybody just got a 1/4 inch shave? And why can’t they do that? Certainly the women don’t believe in the stereotype the women have to have longer hair to be attractive, right? They are “equal” now.


27 posted on 03/29/2014 9:14:22 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Complain, complain, complain.

Don’t they ever get tired of complaining?

They’re just tiresome.


28 posted on 03/29/2014 9:14:42 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
so obama’s son wont be allowed entry in the Army when he reaches 18?...

obama's what now?

29 posted on 03/29/2014 9:16:55 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Marie

Oh, my mistake. She can have cornrows. But they must be about 1/4 inch across and she can’t have more than 1/8 of a inch of scalp showing between the braids. So it’s out for women with thinner hair. (And have fun maintaining a hundred braids in the field.)

Seriously, what she *can* she do that doesn’t involve chemical treatment or weave glue? Mini-afro?


30 posted on 03/29/2014 9:16:59 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

How about just shaving everybody bald and leaving it at that?


31 posted on 03/29/2014 9:22:04 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: BuffaloJack

And during the Civil War era, long hair and beards attracted lice. And so after campaigns and long marches, both Union and Confederate soldiers often shaved themselves to deal with the “lousy” pests.


32 posted on 03/29/2014 9:24:19 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Marie

“what she *can* she do that doesn’t involve chemical treatment or weave glue? Mini-afro?”

Military service isn’t a pop culture contest. Shave your head and act like a soldier.


33 posted on 03/29/2014 9:25:12 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

obamas son as seen here..

http://failhair.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/spider-hair-kid-300x229.jpg


34 posted on 03/29/2014 9:25:41 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: CodeToad

Did you read the regs? She’s not even allowed to shave her head! (I know that enough women are about fed up enough to do that.) Hair must be at least 1/4 inch long.


35 posted on 03/29/2014 9:28:09 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Snickering Hound

Now that is seriously funny. RofLoL.


36 posted on 03/29/2014 9:29:46 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: Marie

She can shave the sides and have a high and tight. A female soldier received the MOH for her uncle the other day and she had one.


37 posted on 03/29/2014 9:48:23 AM PDT by jch10 (Election Day, 2014. May be the most important day since Bunker Hill.)
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To: ealgeone

You are SO old-fashioned. These days, the main reason lots of people sign up for any org is to utterly destroy it.


38 posted on 03/29/2014 9:48:36 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I know...silly me being that way.


39 posted on 03/29/2014 9:53:44 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: mountainlion

Sikhs are the ones who have been fighting to drop the American military standards and were fighting for beards and Turbins.

Sikhs were a long time problem, but the Reagan administration ended their nonsense in 1984, but Obama caved to them again in 2010.


40 posted on 03/29/2014 9:54:11 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Mandingo Conservative
The U.S. Army I served is gone.

I know, I'm getting old and out of touch...

5.56mm

41 posted on 03/29/2014 9:57:56 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: PghBaldy
We’re past that point. Eric Holder decided (or someone did) we cannot do criminal background checks, as they are potentially discriminatory, or something. I am not kidding.

I work in an industry (firearms related) where criminal checks are required for employement BY FEDERAL LAW. How does that square with Holder?

42 posted on 03/29/2014 10:22:35 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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43 posted on 03/29/2014 10:25:06 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Because when deployed during war, maintaining hair that requires attention to keep from becoming unhygenic is a priority.


44 posted on 03/29/2014 10:26:00 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: hattend

The military is a jobs program for leftwingers.


45 posted on 03/29/2014 10:29:31 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Marie

I get your point and I do agree that female soldiers might be allowed cornrow-style braids regardless of their race, but my branch of the military had zero concern for allowance of a stylish civilian hairstyle that met grooming regulations for males or females. We had whatever haircut the battalion commander had, and he wore a horseshoe high and tight. I walked around with a little rowboat of hair in top of my head.

I’ve got a recommendation for black female soldiers on what sort of electric clippers are good quality, if that helps.


46 posted on 03/29/2014 11:14:08 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Mandingo Conservative
I don't care what race,gender or ethnicity you are...adhere to the Army's/Navy's/Air Force's/Marine Corps's grooming standards or get the hell out.You knew there'd be rules...MANY rules...many of which you didn't understand and/or agree with when you went in.You volunteered....you weren't drafted.And now your branch has to change its standards because you're unhappy?

Good luck with,sweetie!

47 posted on 03/29/2014 11:36:23 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

When I enlisted in 1971 like many young white fellows of the time I had very long hair. It was how we wore it. The US Military did not care. Within minutes of arrival my head was shaved. After basic and schooling you could allow it to grow out a little. Nowhere near what was being worn by civilians. But then I was not a civilian. Afros were the style for blacks during that time period. Did not see any on uniformed soldiers..........
Sad to have to say this to someone in the military but GROW UP!


48 posted on 03/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: thoolou

We’re boned

If you only knew!.........


49 posted on 03/29/2014 11:49:52 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

I used to think it was really stupid when the white girls would come to work with their hair in corn rows.


50 posted on 03/29/2014 12:05:59 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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