There is still a stigma that says, locs are not professional despite what you are doing in your professional or educational life. Tamon George is a good student in every sense of the word, which is very obvious since he was qualified enough to attend the conference in the first place. He represents everything the organization should be about as well and would be an asset to them if only if they would get out of their own way.
His disqualification is beyond superficial and discredits everything he has worked so hard to gain over his educational and professional life. This country drives me insane with what they say is important versus what they do to support what they talk about.
I would never in a million years imagine having a young person with that much drive and determination, with such a bright future perfect for the future leaders of this country and deny him the support he needs because of his hair.
We know the importance of hair to us as individuals, and we talk a lot about some hairstyles not being socially acceptable among a variety of social groups including mainstream media, fashion and sadly in education too.
Personally I think that we will continue to have these problems until we can somehow give how we wear our hair the same type of relevance we give to issues surrounding discrimination with regards to skin.
This isn’t easy especially when you we are still fighting the skin issue even today. If you ask someone what makes loced hair unprofessional they probably would have no idea what to say. Maybe the issue is a matter of sex, which means that as a man, you should not wear your hair long, loose or loced.
If this is the case, I can certainly understand why Tamon would accuse the Fund of being sexist because women can have long hair and men cannot.
There is a petition on Change.org with the sole purpose of ending the Dread loc discrimination policy of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. We are asking that if you agree with Tamon’s position and you support this cause that you go ahead and sign the petition. We have more than enough followers here to give him all the signatures he needs.
My wish is that he is able to represent other students and other people subject to the same discrimination which is just a roadblock for the future of bright capable individuals. We do not have time to have these types of ridiculous rules and regulations when we have a country in need of great leaders, black leaders at that.
If you want to read more about Tamon’s story and sign the petition please click here.