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 who ques­tioned 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?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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Lala

There is already a peti­tion for Ms. Lee on change.org. I just signed it. Before com­ment­ing I did have a look at all Face­book pages in ques­tion. Mr. Vas­cu­co claims to have brain dam­age which is why the sta­tion prob­a­bly passed what he said and paid no mind to it. I do believe that fir­ing her was wrong. So what that he did not like her hair. Find anoth­er sta­tion. As far as the sta­tion is con­cerned they should be ashamed of them­selves for allow­ing the com­ments to stay and should have backed her 100%.

Eme
You know what I find so fun­ny. I am think­ing about all the peo­ple who are always on this site, talk­ing about how their white friends/co-workers/associates just luu­u­u­urvvve their hair.  This inci­dent just goes to show you the extent and nature of white peo­ples’ “love” for our hair. They love it like a giraffe in Times Square, inter­est­ing to look at, but still an odd­i­ty. How you could co-exist with a race of indi­vid­u­als for hun­dreds of years and still con­sid­er an aspect of their appear­ance to be alien and strange is beyond me. It stinks of priv­i­lege, and I am… Read more »
Yayer

In fair­ness to those peo­ple, they may not work in envi­ron­ments or indus­tries like Miss Lee’s so it’s not right to project your anger at this sit­u­a­tion onto peo­ple who face a dif­fer­ent real­i­ty.

eme
Didn’t say I was angry. Said I was tired. Allow me to elab­o­rate. A lot of nat­u­rals come on this site, claim­ing frus­tra­tion at peo­ple oth­er Black peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ty for giv­ing them a hard time about being nat­ur­al. They are also quick to note that they receive the most encour­age­ment and sup­port from their white peers. So tell me, what envi­ron­ment is it ok for us to wear our hair in it’s God-giv­en state? My prob­lem is the white suprema­cy think­ing that they can “allow” us to wear our hair nat­u­ral­ly in cer­tain con­texts. Work­ing behind the scenes? Love your… Read more »
au napptural
Thank you eme! I get tired of black ppl prais­ing white accep­tance of our hair like black ppl are the only ones giv­ing nat­u­rals sta­t­ic. (And you know how nat­ur­al hate statc elec­tric­i­ty. lol) Any­how, who do you think is insti­tut­ing no loc poli­cies in the mil­i­tary? Who fires nat­u­rals in the copo­rate work­place? Who is behind Six Flags “hair code”? Not blacks. Stop act­ing like white ppl are cre­at­ing some hair utopia. I’m not excus­ing black people’s some­times back­wards toward our hair, but who satrt­ed out malign­ing black­ness? Who made our hair, skin, body types, etc, the neg­a­tive in… Read more »
Lessy J
I’m a South African and 2 actu­al­ly hear that this is still hap­pen­ing in Amer­i­ca is such a dis­ap­point­ment 2 me! I also wear my hair nat­ur­al, and that guy’s com­ment was way per­son­al, bt the lady kept her cool nev­er­the­less, what wud u have done, if some idiot said that 2u? I wud’ve cursed the hell out of him, bt not this lady and every1 who thinks ths wasn’t a racial remark, answer this for me, has african hair ever grew long? Or it grows up like she said? It is a racial remark! And as 4 say­ing “the… Read more »
Paiya

I am so tired of the Hair issue for Black­women. I am glad that the reporter is proud of who she is and com­fort­able how she wears her hair. I think that she respond­ed in a pro­fes­sion­al man­ner.

SolutionsLady

I can­not believe she was fired over her response. She respond­ed beau­ti­ful­ly to the neg­a­tive com­ments. I felt empow­ered about my own nap­py roots after read­ing her response, what is there to get fired over? I won­der what was the station’s rea­son­ing in let­ting her go? They real­ly made a rash deci­sion in fir­ing her. There was absolute­ly noth­ing that was inap­pro­pri­ate in her state­ment.
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SolutionsLady

Total­ly thought I was adding a pro­file pic­ture, not a huge pho­to in the com­ment sec­tion. LOL, is there any way to delete this and repost with­out it.

MissJoeyK

This is upset­ting. The­ses are the sto­ries that need to be mag­ni­fied as it is an injus­tice and fur­ther proves that we as a peo­ple must con­tend with ongo­ing oppres­sion in every way imag­in­able because we don’t look like every­one else. I’d be very inter­est­ed in hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with the board of indi­vid­u­als who made this regret­table deci­sion to let Rhon­da Lee go.

Cheryl

She is beau­ti­ful and so is her hair! Total­ly do not under­stand her being fired. Being a woman who wears her hair nat­ur­al as well, this real­ly both­ers me. I think she han­dled her response extreme­ly well! I’m sure she took a step back and gath­ered her thoughts before even respond­ing to such igno­rance in the pro­fes­sion­al man­ner that she did.

Barbara

They were look­ing for a rea­son to fire this beau­ti­ful and pro­fes­sion­al woman GTFO. She did absolute­ly noth­ing wrong here what­so­ev­er.

Andria

Where is a star to defend her? We as black women need to ral­ly behind her. Oprah should hire her to serve as a cat­a­lyst for change.. very sad. She is beau­ti­ful.

sonia

I think the most con­struc­tive thing would be to post a fol­low-up with where a signed petition/ let­ters can be sent to her man­ag­er. Please post the address. Per­haps some­thing could be start­ed on change.org and linked to here.

Jojo

*unmat­ted*

Jojo
I dis­agree with most of the posters. I’m a 40 yr old nat­ur­al woman who work in cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca. For most of my career , I was loc’d, in fact 10 years, lose nat­ur­al for 5 most­ly ’twas. I was nat­ur­al before it was com­mon to see nat­ur­al hair women strut­ting with pride. As a result, my hair and styles over the years have been the top­ic of many water cool­er con­ver­sa­tions. One thing I’ve come to real­ize is non blacks haveno lue how our hair works. They don’t real­ize that even though we look like we have two inch­es… Read more »
Pleshette's sister
JoJo, while I can see where you are com­ing from, the ques­tion remains why would her state­ment seem angry when she polite­ly gave the man her point of view? Do we as black women have to cow­er and low­er our eyes when we speak or express our­selves? I believe we have the right to say what we mean as much as the next per­son. As for it not being racial, the view­er made it racial with the mere men­tion of “the black lady”. Why did he not say,“the weath­er lady” or some­thing like that? Is he is con­sid­ered an “angry”… Read more »
Jojo
He describ­ing her as the black woman in itself is not racist, at least not to me. It’s descrip­tive. Every­one has the right to express them­selves any­time but not on your company’s FB page. And if you choose to, you have to make sure your respons­es are in line with image the com­pa­ny is try­ing to por­tray and is polit­i­cal­ly cor­rect. Sor­ry to say but she’s one of the faces of her com­pa­ny and not every­one’ like TWAs. We our­selves talk abt this dai­ly on these forums. Just because hes white and shes black, if he says he does­nt like… Read more »
Dantie
“We black women” didn’t make this about race, the poster did, when he made sure to make it known that the per­son he was talk­ing about, with the too short hair, was “that black lady.” Far from just being descrip­tive, the com­menter was care­ful to dis­tin­guish who he was talk­ing about by their race, and not, for instance, by Ms. Lee’s job title–as a weath­er reporter. I not­ed in anoth­er post that there is anoth­er reporter for this sta­tion who is white and has short hair. (Erin Buchanan http://www.ktbs.com/-/144944/6279736/-/1332obn/-/index.html) But the com­menter did not talk about how her hair was… Read more »
Jojo
His last response was after her racial rant. If you choose to be in the pub­lic eye, you have to be more tol­er­a­ble. The bot­tom line is he’s a view­er (cus­tomer) and she’s an employ­ee. Its not her place to edu­cate peo­ple about the ori­gins and rea­sons for hair­styles. If dude didn’t like her hair so what. Again, even some people’s moth­ers don’t like their TWSs. What’s the big deal if a view­er said he doesn’t think short hair is appro­pri­ate for tv.  Again, I think his com­ments were fool­ish and insen­si­tive. If you want to say pas­sive aggres­sive, I can… Read more »
Jojo

*twa

eve-audrey
i under­stand that you’re try­ing to say that she went a bit far in her response but i real­ly think she was just try­ing to edu­cate him on why she wears her hair like that (spe­cial­ly because he was won­der­ing if her hair was like that because she had can­cer). when read­ing her respone i did not feel like she was the one who was mak­ing it a racial issue. he referred to her in his first post as “that black lady” she just quot­ed him by say­ing “hi i’m that black lady you’re talk­ing about” i real­ly don’t see… Read more »
Jojo
Per­cep­tion is real­i­ty in all cas­es. I per­ceived her tone and com­ments as being racial­ly charged, you don’t. She per­ceived his com­ments as racist, he said he wasn’t. Bot­tom line is I, as in the let­ter after h, as in me, feel she over­re­act­ed. No one else has to feel the same. If she was my sis­ter or best friend, i would tell her the same. Peo­ple keep say­ing she was edu­cat­ing him. He nev­er said he does­nt under­stand why black women wear their hair short at times. He just said he feels hers isnt appro­pri­ate for the job. She… Read more »
Anne

Did you read his response to her? You don’t think that was racist. He went on about stan­dards and com­pared her not meet­ing his euro­cen­tric stan­dards to a poor per­son wear­ing rags.

Here is his reply to her com­ment:
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?…”

Denise
Her response could not have been more appro­pri­ate or on point. I love when black women han­dle them­selves with intel­li­gence, class, poise, and dig­ni­ty. Bra­vo to her for the exam­ple she has set. Now, she needs to get her­self a very good attor­ney and sue that t.v. Sta­tion for every dime she deserves. And, black peo­ple in the view­ing area need to boy­cott the sta­tion. Tis will send A very strong mes­sage that intol­er­ance such as this is not accept­able in Amer­i­ca. Let her be white, gay, or some­thing else that is sup­pose to be “social­ly accept­able”… She’d be able… Read more »
Nicole

I think a PETITION should be start­ed. That is pure igno­rance on both ABC’s and the commenter’s part. Any­one agree? I want her to get her job back or an apol­o­gy from ABC

Antz

For the record, Emmitt Vas­cocu does have a FB page…juss sayin’ in case some­one may want to send him a hel­lo!

Ihuoma

His emp­ty brain isn’t worth acknowl­edg­ing!

lulu

lame what about when the white female news­cast­er respond­ed to a guy that com­ment­ed about her weight ON AIR…she didn’t get fired, heck she was praised for it all over the inter­net…

Dene Bonner
This is quite redicu­lous, why should the words that Ms. Rhon­da Lee get her fired? Why did the lady that respond­ed about her weight not get fired for exer­cis­ing her right to respond? We are being more expres­sion­ist about our etnic­i­ty and I believe that is a good thing. As a nurse nobody can tell me that some of the things that are hap­pen­ing to our scalps, ear­ly male pat­tern bald­ness and oth­er skin dis­eases are not the direct cause of chem­i­cal­ly relax­ing our hair to the state that God did not make it. I wlll nev­er watch your sta­tion… Read more »
Hmm

If she is 37, how is she a 25-year vet­er­an of the broad­cast­ing indus­try?

Keedy

I was think the same? So she has been in the broad­cast­ing indus­try since the age of 12?! Maybe it’s a mis­take.

Lisa

Her response was BEAUTIFUL!!

binks

This is bullsh*t…sorry but this! Sso this lady couldn’t defend her nat­ur­al hair in an intel­li­gent way but ear­li­er this year an over­weight white news­cast­er can defend her­self on cam­era at her job con­cern­ing her weight with a semi rant and buck­ets of tears and ger praise and kudos…wtf? What a dou­ble stan­dard so only cer­tain women are allowed to defend their image? Smh…I hope she sues the pants off their behinds they were itch­ing to fire her but came up with a BS rea­son to do so.

Keshia

Well her response was genius and she looks fab!! She will find a far bet­ter job oppor­tu­ni­ty.. Keep your head sista

Gina

Here is their e-mail if any­one wants to write the com­pa­ny and peti­tion for her to get her job back. 

pressreleases@ktbs.com

Christina

This is sick­en­ing. How dare they fire her. She did noth­ing wrong.

Tads

Oh my good­ness! Are you jok­ing right now? I was expect­ing to read a real­ly rude and unpro­fes­sion­al response from her to this Vas­cocu char­ac­ter. SHe was noth­ing but polite and pro­fes­sion­al in her response. Sure­ly there is a wrong­ful dis­missal claim in this. And is this per­son real­ly equat­ing the being black to some­thing as neg­a­tive and unfor­tu­nate as being poor? I.AM.SEETHING!!

JustLeavingaComment

F-em’, F-em’ all! I don’t know why all of ya’ll are act­ing so sur­prised. We should know how they get down. They will ride and die for their sys­tem of so-called white suprema­cy. Maybe inci­dents like this will wake some sis­ters up and real­ize they’re so-called white friends and co-work­ers don’t real­ly give a crap about them. They just want you to CONFORM, dis­hon­or black men, and oth­er­wise STFU. Where were here office friends to peti­tion for her in her time of need?? — Yeah, that’s what I thought…no where to be found.

JustLeavingaComment

Also, just want­ed to add…37 years old?!? WOW, I nev­er would have guessed. She is gor­geous and quite youth­ful-look­ing. They’re prob­a­bly just jeal­ous that she doesn’t even need hair to be so strik­ing­ly beau­ti­ful. I’m glad she spoke-up regard­less of boss-man crack­ing the whip for her doing so. I’ll be so glad when we don’t have to work for these folks any­more. It’s get­ting old.

anonymous
I remem­ber when Ms. Lee did the orig­i­nal piece a while back. I remem­ber won­der­ing why she’s exploit­ing us [yes US] like that. I get tired of see­ing us on TV for rat­ings. The com­menter was cor­rect in that we don’t set the stan­dards [of beau­ty and what is accept­able for TV] but his log­ic is flawed. Peo­ple are dis­crim­i­nat­ed against every day for eco­nom­ic rea­sons but it’s against the law to dis­crim­i­nate on the basis of race. Hav­ing said that, we did this and now slow­ly but sure­ly we can undo this but it won’t be easy. It’s time… Read more »
Keedy

Please don’t take this the wrong way, I am gen­uine­ly curi­ous about your response. But could you please elab­o­rate on what you mean about Ms. Lee “exploit­ing us”? On the “orig­i­nal piece” that you stat­ed she did a while back, was this sub­ject or some­thing sim­i­lar talked about? Also, your com­ment about “we did this and now slow­ly but sure­ly we can undo this…” Again, not being neg­a­tive or rude in any way, just would like more under­stand­ing of what you mean. (I think I get what you are say­ing, but I may just be scratch­ing the sur­face.)

Priscilla

wow, this is hor­ri­ble. what can be done about it? can we peti­tion the news sta­tion?

Jasmine Rose
As a broad­cast jour­nal­ist grad­u­ate, I find this to no sur­prise. This is how the new media indus­try is peri­od. Your appear­ance and image dic­tates your the station’s rat­ings, as they believe. In some instances, sad­ly, this is true as we see here. You already have a view­er that is pret­ty irri­tat­ed at the fact that a reporter is not con­form­ing to society’s stan­dards. The News indus­try and espe­cial­ly broad­cast news is a cut-throat com­pet­i­tive field. It’s hard to be your­self and at the same time give the view­ers and the sta­tion the image that they want. It’s not about… Read more »
ella

she was actu­al­ly polite and straight to the point. if this is how it hap­pened, i think lay­ing her off her job is extreme.

Tia

ok…when I first start­ed read­ing the arti­cle, I thought the reporter’s response would be an unpro­fes­sion­al one. t turns out she gave a very bal­anced and grace­ful response.

That being said, I think that peo­ple in the pub­lic eye should not let com­ments on social net­works bait them. They need to accept that not every­one likes every­thing they do. But then again, these celebs are also human so I can’t real­ly fault her. Maybe that reporter’s employ­er felt like her response was too “political”…mmmh I wish con­tin­ued suc­cess to that (beau­ti­ful) reporter.

casnadra
I whole heart­ly agree with you. If you work with or in the pub­lic eye every one is not going to like you.(clothes, acces­sories, hair, glass­es etc.) Being from Atlanta Mon­i­ca Kauf­man on WSB caught flack about her hair all the time from not just whites but blacks as well. More than like­ly, her con­tract did state she could not respond on social net­works about work relat­ed things. Ms. Kauf­man went on to anchor for almost 30 years and was one of the best in the busi­ness. I would have nev­er grant­ed him a response. She could have chose not to… Read more »
Alexandrea J

This is UNACCEPTABLE and needs to be brought some atten­tion! Here a woman can talk direct­ly to her bul­ly about her weight but this woman is not allowed to talk to her bul­ly about her hair which TRULY can­not CHANGE! What in the world? I mean seri­ous­ly, this is NOT ok. We need to bring atten­tion to this because this woman deserves an apol­o­gy from her job AND from that per­son!!

j
I don’t think his com­ment war­rant­ed a race card call. I think the guy was com­ment­ing on the length of her hair and not nec­es­sar­i­ly her tex­ture or the type of hair she’s wear­ing. She was quick to pull that race card and yes we are dis­crim­i­nat­ed against most of the time. But this time.… that was not case. There’s enough real racism in the world with­out hav­ing to make it up where it doesn’t exist… Also, that real­ly sucks that she was fired for that. I def­i­nite­ly don’t think she should have been fired for a counter com­ment unless… Read more »
KK

I also agree with J. I did not like the response either. “I am the ‘black lady’ you were refer­ring to” and “I am sor­ry you dont like my eth­nic hair” and all that fol­lowed was exces­sive and not pro­fes­sion­al to the true mean­ing of the word. It was way too defen­sive for some­one stat­ing a sim­ple point of view and opin­ion.

Dantie
1. (@KK) Race is not a card. Rhon­da Lee is black, and her race was at issue as soon as the writer failed to call her by her giv­en name and instead referred to her as “that black lady.” I’m not sure why it would be “exces­sive” for her to quote what HE said in respond­ing to him.  2. There is no ques­tion that Ms. Lee’s race was at least part of the moti­va­tion for this writer’s crit­i­cisms. It’s notable that KTBS’reporter Erin Buchanan (http://www.ktbs.com/-/144944/6279736/-/1332obn/-/index.html) who is white, also has very short hair. But the writer did not call for her… Read more »
Anne

Thank you!

Rine

I’m gonna have to go with j on this one. The guy clear­ly was com­ment­ing more so on the length of her hair yet she came back with all this defense of her tex­ture, cul­ture, african-amer­i­can roots, and what­not. It sound­ed nice but it was not the time to respond with that par­tic­u­lar con­tent because any­one can have the appear­ance of short hair.

How­ev­er, the sta­tion fir­ing her was an out­ra­geous move. Like Dana said about them giv­ing direc­tions to a KKK rally…yeah, they’re nuts.

Penelope

@j
Yeah I agree. I didn’t think his com­ment was so much about race, as it was about him being igno­rant and think­ing women have to have long hair and only men can have short hair.
So I think her com­ment should have addressed sex­ism, not racism, but I can’t believe she got fired over that…So ridicu­lous.

Lennette

I don’t think she pulled the race card…she sim­ply stat­ed the dif­fer­ence between wear­ing nat­ur­al hair and when we as women relax our hair to look a cer­tain way. I think she answered very respectable…IMO…

Sandra

Are you kid­ding me with this? how rude! she even respond­ed polite­ly if you ask me.. I would have done worse! does he meet the so called “stan­dards” the world has????? and she gets sacked for that??

Dana
I am not sur­prised from this sta­tion. I stopped watch­ing it years ago when they gave direc­tions to a KKK ral­ly. Im sor­ry this hap­pened to her. I learned a long time ago the best response ever for peo­ple that have a prob­lem with my hair is to tell them that this is the way the Lord made my hair and I choose to wear it as such. I then ask them if they are say­ing they know more than God on what kind of tex­ture I should have for my hair. They usu­al­ly take a sec­ond to get their… Read more »
Candice

How did she get fired over that? She gave a MUCH more bal­anced and con­trolled response than I would have. I think the sta­tion had a prob­lem with her “look” as well, and this was their excuse to fire her. Dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suit??? Wrong­ful ter­mi­na­tion? I think so…

Lisa

I don’t under­stand why she was ter­mi­nat­ed. Her response was intel­li­gent, infor­ma­tive and respect­ful.

Froregade

Well this cer­tain­ly reveals the kind of image that the news net­work wish­es to hold if they are going to fire her over this. Usu­al­ly orga­ni­za­tions, though they tend to try to get all employ­ees to shy away from vocal­iz­ing any ‘opin­ion’, they only make a huge deal about it if they feel like it puts them in a BAD light. The way she respond­ed was per­fect­ly mature, respectable and well-man­nered. I’m a lit­tle con­fused over why she was fired for this.

Graham

Although I do find it inap­pro­pri­ate for her to respond in any light on her orga­ni­za­tions web­site I do believe she addressed the man in a pro­fes­sion­al and infor­ma­tive way. She was not rude but showed her pride for her appear­ance and showed oth­ers read­ing that African Amer­i­can women such as her­self are not will­ing to con­form. Her job should not have been ter­mi­nat­ed because of that edu­ca­tion­al Face­book response.

Clara

She should have respond­ed, and she did so per­fect­ly and respect­ful­ly. Black women still expe­ri­ence oppres­sion if they choose to wear their hair the way God made it. She stood up for who and what she is with­out being rude or judge­men­tal and the fact that she was fired is just.…..ridiculous, for lack of a bet­ter word

Seruru
I don’t under­stand why it’s not appro­pri­ate for her to respond espe­cial­ly the way she did. This is the prob­lem with the world we live in we have to be care­ful what we say to who, and when we say it because of how it may look or their sta­tus or becuase of who we’re linked to. Noone should be apolo­getic about a sit­u­a­tion like this, where some fool thinks they have the right to make an irre­li­v­ant com­ment, whether hes a white man or black woman who­ev­er, hav­ing noth­ing to do with her exe­cut­ing her job prop­er­ly. It shows… Read more »
anastasia

I’m right with you. 

There are moments when I feel like run­ning through the office with a machete, step­ping on head­less pink necks scream­ing “They call me Natal­ie X Turn­er and I’m here to take my lib­er­ty and free­dom by any means necessary”.…we are fools if we think we live in a post-racial soci­ety.

I’m at the point in my life where I’m not even sur­prised anymore.Ugh!

We must send a mes­sage to ABC and its’ affil­i­ates that we will not stand­by silent­ly like sheep whilst they engage in uneth­i­cal, cow­ard­ly, and dis­c­riman­to­ry prac­tices. Off to find peti­tion, phone num­ber, email, and address.

anastasia

Info: Join me and many oth­ers and give ‘em he!! ladies! 

Here’s the link to their con­tact page: http://www.ktbs.com/
KTBS
312 E. Kings High­way
Shreve­port, Louisiana USA 71104
Main Num­ber 318–861-5800

Sta­tion Man­ag­er:
George Sir­ven 318–861-5821
gsirven@ktbs.com

Have not had the for­tune to find an active peti­tion as of yet…we’ve got many great writ­ers who post fre­quent­ly on BGLH, any­one care to craft a peti­tion?

Mr. Sir­ven and oth­ers are about to hear from Stasia!Join me ladies. =)

kimdione

I actu­al­ly emailed the address above to ques­tion Ms. Lee’s ter­mi­na­tion. I received what I believe to be an auto­mat­ed response say­ing that she and a male anchor were both fired for repeat­ed­ly respond­ing to view­er com­ments. The mes­sage read that all employ­ees were warned they would be terminated,if they did this. I’m not sure of what to think. Did she know she would be fired and respond any­way?

anastasia

From what I’ve read, this ‘no com­ment’ pol­i­cy was not estab­lished in their writ­ten con­tract.

Shay

I echo ur response fully..I dont think it was appro­pri­ate for her to respond to any­one, how­ev­er she did do it some­what pro­fes­sion­al­ly. Peo­ple have to learn when its not athe right time to respond and then she went off talk­ing about stuff that the orig­i­nal poster was­nt even talk­ing about.

E.

What did she do that was wrong?

peter burke

Oh but it was ok for a White woman to defend her­self not only by let­ter but by a pub­lic announce­ment that was car­ried nation­wide to a young woman that denounced her about her weight?? Pub­lic! She went pub­lic! Was she fired? Shay you should be fired from your job for your response to her response..that is if you have a job. Smh

J. Nicole
I believe I read else­where that she was also respon­si­ble for respond­ing to social media con­tent; in fact if she was able to respond- and that goes for whether you are a jour­nal­ist or work in cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca- to a com­pa­nies Face­book page, then one has admin rights to do so. In my opin­ion it was appro­pri­ate. She has also asked the sta­tion to have pre­vi­ous racist com­ments removed when a view­er asked why a seg­ment had so many “chil­dren of col­or in it”. Her response to the guy ques­tion­ing how she wears her hair includ­ed not only why she… Read more »
Sheshe

I agree with you total­ly, espe­cial­ly about the sta­tion.

EG

Why wasn’t it appro­pri­ate for her to respond but per­fect­ly fine for the white anchor to do so? I couldn’t click on a news site with­out read­ing how brave the white anchor was for stand­ing up for herself.…what is the dif­fer­ence between the two women?

Aliren

I agree with you 100%. Her response was a lot more respect­ful than the oth­er anchor.

coffeeandfingernails

I was ful­ly expect­ing to read that this woman had gone on a (per­fect­ly under­stand­able) rant against this guy. Instead she gave a strong, but respect­ful response, and while she didn’t change his mind, he didn’t seem to be par­tic­u­lar­ly offend­ed. Why on earth would this be a firable offense?

Gina

She got fired for say­ing that? This is just crazy

Ishmael

The view­er sim­ply gave his opin­ion. A reply wasn’t nec­es­sary. She went way over­board with her expla­na­tion. “This is how I choose to wear my hair”, would have been suf­fi­cient. If she did indeed get fired for her response,the sta­tion must have a lot of mon­ey that want to give away. We may not have heard the whole sto­ry.

Marie

There is no rea­son she should have been fires. Obvi­ous­ly this guy is igno­rant so I would not have respond­ed so per­son­al­ly. But absolute­ly she is right. I would love to know how this sta­tion will elo­quent­ly explain why she was fired.

Leo the Yardie Chick

I know, right? She didn’t curse, she didn’t tear the Neg­a­tive-Nan­cy down…so why was she fired? Should she not have defend­ed her­self?

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