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Hagel Orders Review Of Military’s Policy On ‘Cornrows’

From the New York Times:

Hagel Seeks Review of Military Policies on Hairstyles

By HELENE COOPER | April 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday ordered the American military to review its policies concerning hairstyles popular with black women, telling critics of new Army regulations banning large cornrows, twists and dreadlocks that he takes “very seriously” concerns that military rules on hair have unfairly targeted black women.

Vladimir Putin is re-assembling the Soviet Union. We are losing Iraq and Afghanistan to Muslim terrorists. Our military is being cut to pre-WWII levels. And our Secretary of Defense is worried about hairdos. Aren’t there any grown-ups in the Obama administration?

Responding to a complaint lodged by the 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus, Mr. Hagel said he had given the secretaries and military leaders of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines three months to review comprehensive military regulations as they pertain to black women “to ensure standards are fair and respectful of our diverse force.”

What would we ever do without the Congressional Black Caucus to lead the way?

Mr. Hagel’s order raises the possibility that the Pentagon will go beyond the initial request of the black caucus that he overturn the Army’s new hair rules. Instead of looking only at the new Army regulations, a Pentagon spokesman said, Mr. Hagel is “opening the aperture” on all of the services..

In other words, here come Muslim beards and Sikh turbans. And probably ‘gay’ makeup.

Mr. Hagel also ordered the military to review the definitions of authorized and prohibited hairstyles and scrub those definitions of “offensive language,” responding to complaints from servicewomen and the women of the black caucus that the Army’s new regulations include the words “unkempt” and “matted” in reference to braids, cornrows and dreadlocks…

We certainly don’t want to offend our soldiers with such harsh language. (Of course, it’s okay to call them potential domestic terrorists.)

Army officials initially said that the new regulations simply clarified existing ones by specifically describing hairstyles that were prohibited because of a need for uniformity among troops and because of safety concerns. The Army also said those new regulations had been cleared by a focus group that included black women in the Army…

Well, as long as these new regulations have been approved by a focus group. what could go wrong? It’s not like dreadlocks could ever get in the way of soldering.

For instance, “natural hair is authorized,” an Army statement explaining the regulations said, but only “so long as it meets the standards” of the new regulations. That statement, critics said, implies that there is something wrong with black women’s natural hair.

The racism there is as plain as day.

“I’m pleased that the secretary responded in such a forthright manner,” said Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat of California, who first brought the issue before the black caucus. But she added, “We have to be vigilant until we have a final conclusion.”

Yes, Ms. Lee doesn’t want to miss any opportunity to yell ‘Racism!’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Hagel Orders Review Of Military’s Policy On ‘Cornrows’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Steve said:

    ” It’s not like dreadlocks could ever get in the way of soldering.

    To me, this is one of your funniest typos. Why would someone with dreadlocks be “soldering” in the first place?

    I know, I know….supposed to say “soldiering”. And, dreadlocks, as has been proven by the NFL are fair game when tackling. Guys are not permitted to have long hair of any kind in the military and, up until now, wimmins had to keep it under control and usually opted for shorter, more manageable styles. Often unattractive but…..whatever.

    Now we need to open the Pandora’s Box of anything goes. Right. And we have 16 whiners who seem to speak for all of womanhood in the military.

    When I was active duty, the black guys would wear a woman’s stocking on their head when sleeping to mat their hair down so that on weekends they could comb it out to a ‘fro. I always thought it a stupid practice but then, I’ve never been too particular about fashion or street cred in my appearance. But inner-city blacks in the military seem to dictate what the other “bruthas” must do.

    It’s very odd and kind of sick, actually.

    They call it culture. I call it youthful faddishness.

  2. So, now the SecDef s scared of black women?

    Welcome to Reality


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