A couple months ago, the internet was ablaze in congratulations for a Wisconsin TV reporter who addressed negative comments a viewer made about her weight. But black meteorologist Rhonda Lee (pictured above), did the same thing to a viewer who made derogatory comments about her hair, and is now out of a job. Journalisms reports;
A black female meteorologist has been fired from the ABC affiliate in Shreveport, La., she told Journal-isms, because she responded to a racial remark posted by a viewer on the station’s Facebook page.
KTBS-TV’s action against Rhonda Lee followed a previous response by Lee to a viewer whoquestioned whether she should wear her short Afro, suggesting she put on a wig or grow more hair…
On Oct. 1, a viewer identified as Emmitt Vascocu wrote, “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady.the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but still its not something myself that i think looks good on tv. what about letting someone a male have waist long hair do the news.what about that (cq).”
Lee replied the same day, “Hello Emmitt–I am the ‘black lady’ to which you are referring. I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. I’m a non-smoking, 5’3, 121 lbs, 25 mile a week running, 37.5 year old woman, and I’m in perfectly healthy physical condition.
“I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. For your edification: traditionally our hair doesn’t grow downward. It grows upward. Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display. Women come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and levels of beauty. Showing little girls that being comfortable in the skin and HAIR God gave me is my contribution to society. Little girls (and boys for that matter) need to see that what you look like isn’t a reason to not achieve their goals.
“Conforming to one standard isn’t what being American is about and I hope you can embrace that.
“Thank you for your comment and have a great weekend and thank for watching.”
Vascocu replied that Lee was right to be proud of who she is and that he is not a racist, but “… this world has … certain standerd (cq). if youve come from a world of being poor are you going to dress in rags?…”
Rhonda Lee is a 25-year veteran of the news industry.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on this?
Lance Crouther (via rattlingbone)
Sometimes you read something and your whole perspective of a situation changes. This is one of those things.
I don’t know if I’m reading this right, but I think a whole bunch of people got entertained with these gifs and missed the point of this comment.
Africa is not a nation of apathy, or rather… “laziness.” so implying that White People go there to ‘relax’ or live off of the government, and by reversing the concept, black people on welfare means they are ‘lazy’ or ‘relax’ing on the means of the government is false. Have you peeped Ghana? Nigeria, North Africa and such? Nations of wealth… laziness? Black people are not all the same, but we all are not lazy, or foolish to believe your “point?” Screwed perceptions of logic.
They are speaking of the black laziness stereotype and saying how can white people even think to say that people of African descent are lazy when they went ALL the way to Africa to enslave our people so they wouldn’t have to do their own work. That’s the epitome of laziness. So basically the vast majority of us are here because of the laziness of white people so how can they ever think to stereotype someone as being lazy. That’s what the quote is saying.
Everyone at work seemed preoccupied with celebrating “their” electoral victory today, so I decided to preoccupy myself by making these.
If you voted for Obama, you not only registered your approval of the things you like, you also officially condoned the many atrocities he’s committed and corrupt policies he’s championed. Congratulations, you’re an accomplice to heinous acts.
If this offends you, there’s hope for you yet.
My people need to wake up. Yall been crying to get white people to love y’all and it shows. Instead of trying to fix your problems and worrying about your people alot of people are holding hands with EVERYONE else hoping Obama was going to win. Now its over and you’ll be represented the same way you were years ago. All the other people you think care don’t, if they did they would be actually trying to help your situation.
Unless anyone has a short ass memory you know 4yrs from now you’re going to be complaining about the same shit.
I can make an argument that Obama winning again will give white people even more reason to wanna argue with y’all about how nobody is racist anymore.
And it will make black people once again ignore reality just because a man has brown skin.
Meanwhile white privilege, racism denial, and the illusion of people caring about your problems just hit an all time high.