Perspectives on Race

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Race: Police Regs v. Media Stories

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Here is a story in the news today about a white police officer that went to work with cornrows in his hair and  was told by a black superior to get a haircut.  Now, this could have been the end of the story and nothing more could have been said, but the newspaper went on to report that black officers had worn this style of hair also.  So, I ask you, is this a racist story, or simply a story of the media making a bigger deal out of justified police regulations?  The white officer didn’t comment about the story, and its worth noting that the one case that came before involving cornrows and a black officer ended in the same manner, according to the police department.  Their regulation is a standard one, which allows for hair styles as long as they don’t interfere with the wearing of the uniform, which is supposedly what both gentlemen did.  So, was this racist, or just a story for a slow news day?

Link to the story on Yahoo! News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_odd_cornrow_controversy

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Written by jamesrobertson1

September 22, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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