There is a petition going around regarding the new hair regulations the Army released last week. My friend and I were discussing this last night. She is an African-American who has been serving in the Army for the last 18 years. She thinks uniform should mean 'uniform' and that these new hair regulations are nothing more than that, an attempt to bring uniform to service members.
Do you think the new hair and even the tattoo regulations are discriminatory?
Here is the story:
A petition that's gathered more than 6,600 signatures on the White House website is asking President Barack Obama to overrule portions of the Army's new appearance regulations as discriminatory against black women.
The newest version of Army regulation 670-1, released Monday, cracks down on excessive tattoos and allows troops to pack umbrellas. It also has policies on women's hair that forbid soldiers from having more than two braids, hair twists and dreadlocks.
The petition says the ban discriminates against women who need to use the unauthorized hair styles.
"Females with natural hair take strides to style their natural hair in a professional manner when necessary; however, changes to AR 670-1 offer little to no options for females with natural hair," the petition says. "In the proposed changes, unauthorized hairstyles include twists, both flat twists as well as two strand twists; as well as dreadlocks, which are defined as "any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair." These new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. This policy needs to be reviewed prior to publishing to allow for neat and maintained natural hairstyles."
You can read the petition HERE.
Army Times talked to the soldier who started the petition, Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, of the Georgia National Guard.
"I've been in the military six years, I've had my hair natural four years, and it's never been out of regulation. It's never interfered with my head gear," Jacobs told the newspaper.
The petition requires about 93,000 more signatures to go to the president.