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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