I would like to begin my statement by saying there is nothing “dreadful” about my “Locs.” I’ve never liked the term “dreadlocks” no matter where it originated. There is a difference in having one’s hair styled in “locs” versus having one’s hair in “locs.” For the past 20 years I, like so many Black women and men around the world, have chosen to wear my hair in its natural state in the form of locs. I am proud of my choice to loc my hair, and I’ve enjoyed the liberty to freely express my natural beauty, culture, and politics in various forms (including my hair) as an American citizen and as a Black woman. I’m appalled to know that there are laws and policies in America that either require folks to get rid of their locs in order to work, or that allow employers to refuse to hire folks due to their natural hairstyle.
So many Black lives have been lost due to profiling, these policies are indicative of the need for both politicians and citizens to check our attitudes about culture, difference, and people of color as we move toward a more free and just America. One love ❤️-Ledisi. Thanks Ryan. Photo by Ron T. Young Photography Make-up @vadiahub