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Black Reporter Fired For Responding to Derogatory Comments About Her Natural Hair

• Dec 11, 2012

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?

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Gina
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She got fired for saying that? This is just crazy

Ishmael
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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
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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
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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?

coffeeandfingernails
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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?

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

Shay
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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.
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What did she do that was wrong?

peter burke
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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
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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
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I agree with you totally, especially about the station.

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

Froregade
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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.

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

Candice
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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…

Dana
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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 »
Sandra
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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??

j
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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
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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
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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… Read more »
Anne
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Thank you!

Rine
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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
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@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
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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…

Alexandrea J
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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!!

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

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

anonymous
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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
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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.)

JustLeavingaComment
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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
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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.

Tads
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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!!

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

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

pressreleases@ktbs.com

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

binks
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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.

Lisa
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Her response was BEAUTIFUL!!

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

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

Dene Bonner
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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 »
lulu
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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…

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

Ihuoma
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His empty brain isn’t worth acknowledging!

Nicole
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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

Denise
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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 »
Jojo
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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… Read more »
Jojo
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*twa

eve-audrey
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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
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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
Guest

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?…”

Jojo
Guest

*unmatted*

sonia
Guest

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.

Andria
Guest

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.

Barbara
Guest

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

Cheryl
Guest

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.

MissJoeyK
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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.

SolutionsLady
Guest

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
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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.

Paiya
Guest

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.

Lessy J
Guest
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 »
Eme
Guest
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… Read more »
Yayer
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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
Guest
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?… Read more »
au napptural
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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 »
Lala
Guest

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%.

FilmmakerHarryB
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She paid a price for educating the public. Ya need to watch the documentary “Dark Girls” it talks about this issue, but I’m sure lots of our white friends won’t see this…oh yea I was one of the cinematographers. Disclosure haha.

CRYSTAL
Guest

SHE GOT FIRED BECAUSE THE TV STATION DIDNT WANT TO DEAL WITH ANY ISSUES SURROUNDING THE STATEMENT. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH OTHER RACES SO THEY DO WHAT EASY FOR THEM…GET RID OF THEM..HER SEPARATION HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT SHE SAID…SO SAD!!!!!

P.Kindred
Guest

We must understand who own the networks, also a large part of the media.History has always reflect, those who control money, are those who feel they are the only ones who have a right to speak.

Marie
Guest
That was NOT an outside post. That was an in-house post from within the Executive Journalist network. She was fired for expressing her ethnicity rather than playing the cards many blacks girl are doing to save them jobs. Is to wear long black weaved Indian hair, and or blond wigs. The person sent that post I have a hunch was a jealous boss in power at the news station sent that email. I had a similar incidence happen to me when worked as a school counselor. A student which default on her student loan was not approved to enroll with… Read more »
Adem
Guest
A number of things must first be addressed. First, she was justified in responding to him. He was ignorant in even commenting the way he did. She intelligently and eloquently responded, without being disrespectful or even out of line. To those of you, who felt she was addressing race. She was not addressing race, she actually just mentioned that due to her ethnicity. Her hair grows a certain way. That in order for her to achieve a straight hair look, she would have to straighten her hair. She just explained to him, that she is a healthy woman and that… Read more »
Michelle S.
Guest

The same old double standard that has never been struck doen. You can defend yourself as long as you are not Black.

Look at this fruit loop of a tennis player that stuffed herself to look like Serena Williams. If Williams had pulled a stunt like that they would have fined her as soon as she stepped on the court. Why was this bat allowed to run around the court like that.

Michelle S.
Guest

The same old double standard that has never been struck down. You can defend yourself as long as you are not Black.

Look at this fruit loop of a tennis player that stuffed herself to look like Serena Williams. If Williams had pulled a stunt like that they would have fined her as soon as she stepped on the court. Why was this bat allowed to run around the court like that.

Khululekile Banzi
Guest

I do not see the reason for her to be fired, her ersponse was very much polite and did not in anyway violate the person who had posted the comment. This is extremely wrong and questionable.

Tangenikka
Guest

This is a shame! Mrs. Lee being fired for voicing herself in response to a fan is an outrage! Now what is that teaching our youth? If we speak out we will be fired? It seems like Americans are more rasist towards blacks now that we have a black President. If you have or had a problem with who became our Commander and Chief then get together with fellow Americans and get them to vote for whom you want in office! Stop taking it out on the little Americans!

Maketa
Guest

Wow! Fired for submitting a very educational, informative, and professional response?? Does anyone know what the justification was for her being fired? I’m interested in reading that. What a crazy world we live in. Unfortunately, it will not get any better because society is dominated by the likes of the viewer and everyone is accepting of that. Until our society focuses on important issues vice skin color and hair texture, we will always have these issues.
Good luck to her though!

JP Mack
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Ashley
Guest

+2. Thanks for the facts.

Chilo
Guest

+1

E.A.
Guest

Thank you for posting this! The title of this article is very misleading. Rhonda was fired for replying to a racist Facebook comment — not that that makes it’s okay, but let’s keep the facts straight. KTBS TV actually liked her response to the man who commented about her hair!

Jhavon
Guest

I am proud to see this young woman stand up for her beliefs… too many African Americans conform to standards that affect who we are as a people… Natural hair is a very beautiful look on all sistas.…

Mpakuanik Ian
Guest

Surely,when will this racist ‘games’ come to a final play.

MeLinda McClaine
Guest

I think that her response was very respectful & completely appropriate.
It’s pathetic that her employer chose to fire her rather than support her.

jessica seigel
Guest

to Melinda McClaine. I agree. Her response was VERY respectful, very patient, very mild, and written in a way to kindly educate, and completely appropriate. Her claim, from an interview with her on MS-NBC, is that her employer said they had a policy against employees answering comments at all, but that they had never disseminated a statement of that policy, and when she asked for a copy to read, they could not supply her with one. If her statement is correct, it really puts her network in a bad light.

Felicia
Guest

I’m so tired of African American women having to explain to anyone, how, why, or how we should wear our hair.…and to be terminated for the fact is ludacris. I’m proud of Rhonda Lee and apparently she is as well.

Nkanyeziyethu Malunga
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Nkanyeziyethu Malunga

This goes to show how ignorant people are, and we can not hide behind the fact that ‘having straight hair/ weave is the only idea the media has sold to people. The truth is one is never held at gun point to buy the idea. Rhonda Lee deserves a round of applause for making emphasis on the varied standards of beauty.

Shahidah
Guest

Her response was quite elegant and I cannot see WHY she was fired. I don’t know if his comment was racist because MANY black men say the same isht. It was ignorant and shows the standard of beauty that all of us fall trap into especially our own damn men. If this was the only reason she was fired…she has a case and a story

shadiboo
Guest

It should be illegal for someone to be fired for standing up for their beliefs and actually loving themselves. i hope she sues.

ashley wilson
Guest

Sporty afros was the first article that published this and actually knew Rhonda. The site brings up very good points of other black newscasters who are natural. http://sportyafros.com/hair/rhonda-lee-fired-her-responding-to-comments-about-her-natural-hair/

amoy
Guest

this is bullshit how dare them! i tell u racism will never end because of ppl like that bitch a silly excuse for a woman.

Yolonda
Guest
I’m applaud that she has gotten fired over her right to do what ever she chose to do with her hair, body ect!!! What exactly did she say or do wrong??? She responded appropriately to the young lady. Why does she have to change her appearance to please society?? How rude was the young lady to think she had cancer because her hair is short. WTH, FYI, Majority of people with short afro’s aren’t cancer patients. (Ignorance at it’s best)Seriously, some people in society need to get over themselves…she’s not her hair!!!! This is an outrage to me! “So, basically… Read more »
Andriea ISH
Guest

The article about this situation discloses some disheartening things. Rhonda says that she’s been dealing with some issues because of her race, ever since she started at the station. It’s sad that we still have to go through this stuff. Our hair and the color of our skin causes ignorant people to lash out at us, as if we were physically hurting them by being comfortable with ourselves.

Nicole
Guest

how can she be a 25 year veteran of the new industry, when she says she’s 37.5? Either she’s lying or this article is inacurate. and judging by the link that JP Mack posted, I’d say it’s the later.

kmurray
Guest

Maybe she is a 25 year veteran because she has been doing it still middle school. I remember when some kids were on the school newspaper.

Varaka
Guest

This is my home town, and its sad to say but yes racism is very much alive here.. This is afterall a Red State. I saw nothing wrong with what she said in her reply back to that ignorant comment. However, you would have to live here to understand the magnitude of ignorance that we face as a Black Race. This is not the first nor the last time that a racist remark, comment or post will come from that particular FB page.

Richard
Guest

Interesting. Was the complainant a black or white. I wouldn’t be surprise at all to find out that he was black!

Dana
Guest

1) this sista is fly. her features are awesome.
2) she didn’t need to tell her whole health story. The fact that she’s breathing is enough grounds to be respected.
3) I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘Emmitt’ was negro.
4) Emmitt needs to be punched in the mouth for comparing a culture with poverty and rags.
5) 121lbs. in her thirties? what is her weight loss/maintenance regimen?
6) Although she doesn’t have long hair can she be an icon? It takes a bit of resolve to be almost bald on TV…in Wisconsin.

:izzie-Chio
Guest
This is absolutely ridiculous. She definitely has grounds to report to court for unethical termination. If i was her I would definitely be taking this case to court. Her response to this person’s derogatory comment was beautiful. I could not have said it any better. I love how she stud up for what she believes to be beautiful. Personally I am transitioning and what caused me to do this was that I wanted to see my natural hair. For the past 9 months because of my transitioning my idea of beauty has changed for the better. There is no way… Read more »
Vickey
Guest
I have been reading this story on twitter and was disgusted, but not surprised. I have a natural hair club at the high school where I teach and this story will be the first topic on our Thursday discussion list. This is why so many women of color can’t find the courage to love and honor who they are without conforming to a standard of beauty that was never meant to be met by them. And for this woman to be fired for the ignorance of a viewer is more a commentary on the values and position of that station… Read more »
Nika
Guest

I also signed th epetition on change.org. This is absolutely ridiculous. She was informative and very respectful despite the dierespect she received, yet she was fired. The white woman who was loud and abrasive to the man who called her fat was lauded as a hero to women everywhere. I hate these double standards. This woman should not be forced to wear a wig put dangerous chemicals in her hair to have a job. She is beautiful and deserves her job back, and an on air apology.

Felicia
Guest

I love her response! I think everyone should boycott that news station who fired her! Disgraceful!

Vanessa Jamille
Guest

Is there a reason that there are no actions being taken against the TV station by the viewers, i.e. boycotting sponsors, reverting to radio, uprisings by fellow meterologists? Madame C.J. Walker may have thought she was helping Black girls and women (especially bi-racial women who were the result of rape by enslavers), but the end result seems to be another nail in the coffin of acceptance of being natural and REAL!

Jamie
Guest
I hate to play devil’s advocate on this subject, but I’m a mass communication graduate student so I have a different perspective. I recently wrote a paper about social media policies of news organizations, and many newsrooms prohibit their reporters from responding to negativity on social outlets. While her response was very dignified, I believe that she may have gotten fired for simply violating the policy. Furthermore, I read that her company said that they would handle it, but she posted when they failed to respond. This situation is still horrible, but I think it helps to have a journalism… Read more »
CurlyBelle
Guest
Even if we’re looking at this from a journalistic perspective, the station was in the wrong. This station does not have a social media policy on their books. It was merely a suggestion for her to not respond, and that the situation was merely a starting point for them to develop a policy. This is in a statement released by the station on their Facebook page. They even liked the comment posted by the guy who insulted her! So liking the comment AND releasing that statement in response to the public’s comments means the station itself was in violation as… Read more »
ShebaBarb
Guest

Why in the world does she need to be fired? She did nothing but answer back to whosoever it was that sent the email out. I am proud of the way she answered. She stood up for herself and that is our right as human beings. I pray she sues and gets paid enough to last until she decides which way to go next as in her desires. I say, let’s boycott the station that did this to her. BTW she is a very attractive young lady.

Jacque Brunson
Guest

U think the newscaster is absolutely beautiful just the way she is and applaud her for eloquently putting into words that she is happy with her God given looks and hair. I went natural 12 years ago and feel no need to chemically straighten my hair or wear weaves or wigs to be considered “beautiful”! I got your back Sister! Society is gonna recognize sooner than later that Black women are beautiful whether rocking weaves, wigs, relaxed, loc’s, twists or an Afro. Recognize America! We are here to stay!!!

Yoli
Guest
I think this story is a shame, but sheds a light on a problem that natural African American women in professional jobs face. While it maybe true she violated a policy (weather written or widely accepted in the media profession) about responding to posts on Facebook, (which mind you has yet to be presented by the station in written form with an acknowledgement of the rules by Mrs. Lee and others who work at the station) I would argue that the policy, even if it even exists, is seriously flawed. Not trying to take this to deep level, but I… Read more »
Avaspeaks
Guest
I too think it was wrong for her to get fired over her comments. But I also agree that he wasn’t talking about her Natural hair texture, he just mentioned she should have long hair. A lot of people feel that way. Heck, even this board was started for people who wanted to grow their “natural” hair long. She went a little extra. She was explaining things to him that really didn’t need to be said in the conversation. You have to be careful and you can’t respond to everybody the same way. If Roland Martin, as big as he… Read more »
louloumatou
Guest

more info about this here

Taylor G
Guest

She did NOT get fired because of her hair or comment! hence first comment. I will repost the link that she did.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ktbs-tv-meteorologist-rhonda-lee-fired-for-responding-to-racist-viewer-comment-on-facebook/

Judith Mitchell
Guest
This was forwarded to me today by a male friend who resides in the USA. I am Canadian and so there is not much that I can do here; however, I shall be bringing this to the attention of every person that I know who knows someone in the USA. I shall suggest strongly that each and every Black/Africian American person write to the TV station and register their disgust with this action, and tell them to refrain from supporting any and every company that sponsors the station until this lady is apologised to publically then rehired, if she chooses… Read more »
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Nikki
Guest

What a classy dignified response. They say when one door closes another opens. She will continue to be blessed, screw that station!

Dana
Guest

There is a petition for her to get her job back. It is on change.org

Emmanuela
Guest

I’m confused she didn’t say anything rude to the comment. She answered in what I think the most dignifying, classy way. So why was she fired. Should she have not answered at all or did they actually listen to that ignorant comment?

MomofIV
Guest

She was probably fired for putting God in her response.

Priscilla
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Latoya Ponder
Guest

Wow, some people’s ignorance amazes me. She handled that in a very dignified way. I find it very sad that if a black woman speaks out and stands up for herself, no matter how dignified she puts her point, she is out of order. I wish this woman much successful. God has the final say.

Lakeisha
Guest
If you look below the viewer didn’t say anything too bad and it wasn’t about racism it was about the viewer thinking her short hair didn’t look too great on tv. It wouldn’t have mattered if she was white or black. But I think the reporter took it to a racist level which is why she was fired. Everything is not about racism. There was no reason to respond to this; it wasn’t derogatory and there is no comparison to what happened with the anchor woman’s fat issue. Now that was derogatory and just nasty. I would have just laughed… Read more »
Dimmy
Guest

Lakeisha, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Apparently, several ignorant ppl gave you thumbs down for speaking the truth rather than admit how gullible and easily manipulated black ppl are. Look at all these ppl shouting for blood and half of them haven’t even read the story. Victim is as victim does.

Trina
Guest
I agree with you. He has a right to his opinion and it definitely wasn’t worth replying to. It came across as her being defensive. In her line of work you are going to have fans, critics, and cynics. You can’t possibly worry about how or what they like or dislike about you. Granted, I think you could “learn” from a particular experience, but so far as responding and making it a racial issue, the station probably felt like they didn’t want to get in the middle of a racial topic or dialogue. As far as the journalist that was… Read more »
Lakeisha
Guest
Okay first of all I don’t see anything about the viewers saying “wearing rags or being poor”, all I saw was a man preferring a woman to have long hair which has nothing to do with her being black. A lot of men prefer women with long hair. All I’m saying is her comment was over the top. To me she made it in to a big deal where there should have been none. All she had to say was that “I’m sorry you don’t like my hair, but I really love it and thats it. Everyone need to calm… Read more »
ladyj
Guest
First of all what that man said was racist. I do not understand how you cannot see that. The point is that the other writer was correct. Katie C. has worn her hair short for a long time and no one has said that she should grow her hair out. Do not be fooled by his so called politeness. What he said and implied was still racist. I am proud of my African ancestry and also wear my hair natural. We (black women) have been so brain washed to think that we are not beautiful. Just for the record we… Read more »
Dimmy
Guest
You ppl on this thread are ignorant beyond belief! As gullible as you are, no wonder that black female has not excelled further in American society than she has. It doesn’t take much to lead the swine to their deaths, and you ladies on this board have proven just easy it is. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps this man may have NOT liked Katie C’s hair, and may even have commented on it, but, Katie C–being the classy professional that she is–did NOT respond to the comment therefore leaving him and his opinion in anonymity? Wow, insecurity… Read more »
Lakeisha
Guest

Sorry everyone I didn’t see the last part about being poor and wearing rags. And even readin it now, he still wasn’t racist. He was basically trying to convey miserably about this world standards and his opinions. Now I have to go check on my turkey. Everyone have a Happy Holiday.

Quartz1
Guest
What you’re saying is a load of crap. For years Katie Couric has worn her hair short and no one commented that she looked like a cancer patient or that she should grow her hair. It was racist no matter how he put it, it was implied. The comment he made about being poor and wearing rags was out of order. Stop with the double standard. I’m soo glad that so many sisters are now beginning to appreciate who they are and not be influenced by Caucasian standards. Black is beautiful and we should be proud of every aspect of… Read more »
Zipporahr
Guest

This reporter didn’t make it her comments racist. She spoke the truth which is about our hair and what some black women do with their hair. That’s not racist, it’s true…our children should not have to think that they can’t achiveve anything because they don’t look European…that’s a fact. We should honestly boycott the station.

Cameal
Guest

Sooo, wearing my natural hair is like dressing in rags, then? Last I checked, one was not born dressed in rags.

mattie
Guest

U go girl wit your bad self! A real lady!

Cameal
Guest

For the record, I don’t think what he said was “racist”. I think it was ignorant, though. He obviously has no clue how hard many black women struggle with hair. What makes me sad is that his response, “… this world has … certain standerd (cq). if youve come from a world of being poor are you going to dress in rags?…”, showed that he had taken nothing from her words and completely ignored the fact that her prospective, as a black woman,albeit different, was as valuable as his prospective as a white man.

DELORES DUNN
Guest

I THOUGHT THIS WAS A COUNTRY OF “FREE SPEECH” — BUT. DOES IT ONLY APPLY TO CERTAIN PEOPLE, IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS? I APPLAUD HER FOR SPEAKING UP FOR HERSELF. WE ALL NEED TO BE PROUD OF OUR HERITAGE. WE HAVE A DIFFERENT GRADE OF HAIR THAN OTHER PEOPLE AND THE SOONER WE ACCEPT IT AND STOP TRYING TO IMITATE OTHER RACES, THE BETTER OFF WE WILL BE.
SIGNED: BLACK BEAUTIFUL AND PROUD OF IT.

Joy P Love
Guest
When I first read this I was outraged but a couple of days past and I heard more of a fuller version. It is quite unfortunate that this working black woman was fired but this was not her first time responding negative comments about her hair. As the story wen on, I learned she had responded two other times and was reminded of the agreement she made about this very thing but STILL she did it again and was fired. Please, don’t get me wrong, if you refuse to follow the rules perhaps you should find some other place of… Read more »
MO
Guest

Her reply was excellent. I would like to see this story also reached the national platform like the woman who was scorned for her weight. It makes no sense that the station let her go. I just believe that she will get a much betther, higher paying career opportunity.
My hair is locked not but I uploaded a pic when it was very short and I very much loved it as much as I love my natural hair now. Thank you for embracing your natural beauty so gracefully.
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Karen
Guest

Its sad that you can’t voice your opinion on something that is simple about hair that grows out of your head. I feel that she shouldn’t have been fired about that. I think they wanted to do that since she made the decision on going natural and they just used the excuse about her comments to that man. Which is really really sad. You know what goes around comes right back around.

nicole
Guest

Those shows what kind of world we are living in to be fired over someone’s right to free speech. she didn’t say anything offensive or out of line to the man that was given his right to speak freely. This world the we as people live in is still in the early 1900

Lucky
Guest

I heard about this incident a while back. At first, I assumed she gave him a good bashing, causing her job termination. Now that I read what she said to him, I find myself looking for the part of the statement that caused her to get fired. She handled herself with elegance, class and a notable sense of regality.

nikki
Guest
I don’t think the anchor or the person who made comment were addressing racism. The man was clearly ignorant and the anchor was simply educating him. Yes the anchor could have stayed silent like so many of us do on a daily basis. But this anchor is a public figure which gives her a platform to educate the general public. So I am glad she used it to stand up for black women. In today’s world that is not happening enough, all we get are the real housewives! Of course we have the awesome first lady but we need more… Read more »
Michelle Spice
Guest
Did you know that is always happening — this is not new! When all Afrikan peoples decide to stand up with one voice and one determination to fight colonialism and downpression against them and not mix with these caucasian demons then they will not have the opportunity to disrespect us in anyway shape nor form… They are from under rocks, with no culture nor identity!!! They can’t even stay out in the sun or they will burn like the beacon they are! I am an Afrikan woman who wears my hair natural and wear my natural Afrikan apparel… They are… Read more »
micole
Guest
I definitely gave “Lakeisha” & a few others thumbs down. If i could’ve given them a hundred thumbs down i would’ve. Racists white people ALWAYS spit their venom implied or not and then try to hide behind the 1st amendment. Puh-leeze! Get outta here with that! Why is it he has the right to freedom of speech but to her, nothing? Is she supposed to just sit back, smile and take it? Why should she have remained quiet & ignore that statement? Its people like the “lekeisha’s that we constantly are disrespected by white people, who don’t know us or… Read more »
quesha
Guest
I understand both sides of this and respect that she gave an educated,dignified answer. I completely understand that most women now. days want 2 express their ethnic background, but we live in a “standard” type of world. I work in a hospital and we can’t wear nails or show tattoos, can’t color our hair crazy colors or nething out da “norm.” Even tho’ this is norm for us, it’s not for the rest of world. Honestly, how many famous women wear their natural hair and if they do, how well are they doing now??? I h8 2 say it but… Read more »
Harold
Guest

Racist? Yes. When he asked, “if youve come from a world of being poor are you going to dress in rags?” He was suggesting she should follow the non-black industry standard. Worse case, she should have only been reprimanded.

Tenisha
Guest
In the article it doesn’t specify the reason she was fired. I felt like she was professional in her response. Now if its policy that comments made on the page are to be addressed by someone else or all comments are up for review prior to posting? I get it,if not why can’t she address it? Here’s a better question why didnt whoever’s in charge of the studio page delete derogatory comments? And email the person asking not to have comments that aren’t relevant removed for being abusive or in poor taste? Basically,its a shame her bosses didn’t have her… Read more »
Liz
Guest

She was fired because her pride couldn’t let go of the fact that someone had said something. When we can’t help ourselves and have to have the last word, that’s when there’s more problems.

Beulah
Guest
I’m sorry but I do not completely agree with your comment. Disregarding the fact that everyone is opinionated, I don’t think she was proud or arrogant or cocky. She didn’t have self-pride either; she was more proud of her roots and her heritage and it was her choice to wear her hair in the way she felt comfortable. Her reply to the facebook comment of the naive individual was very professional and I honestly cannot say that I would have been able to be the levelheaded if someone made such a comment about MY hair. The stereotypical stigma that society… Read more »
Yeashan banks
Guest

So I hope there’s a petition somewhere to be signed or she suing the network. This is ridiculous !

Angelica Lewis
Guest

Outrageous! I hope this Ms. Lee takes this company to court and receives everything she deserves. This individual is obviously ignorant and an idiot! Ladies rock your crown…the fros, locs, braids, short cuts, relaxers because it we don’t love our hair no one else will. I honestly believe that God has something better for Ms. Lee.

Janise K
Guest
So here we are again yet defending ourselves to ignorance. Rhonda Lee had every right to state exactly how she felt. She was extremely professional because if it was me I probably would have told him to go straight to hell. Referencing “cancer ” is not funny. It’s rude and disrespectful to BLACK WOMEN!! I’m so tired of us as black women having to set the record straight. Bottom line… We are a force to NOT be messed with. Please remember my Black sistahs We are FABULOUS and every race wants to be us at the end of the day.… Read more »
Voni
Guest

I could not have said that better myself. Unfortunately, people still have very small ignorant minds.

Debbie
Guest

This is so shocking. Why is it that we as black women always have to explain the reason for wearing our hair in it’s natural state. When we wear the long weaves we don’t seem to be so out of place. Ridiculous!!!!

What
Guest

So Amber Rose gets all of the ad campaigns and looks oh so sexy, but when a black woman goes bald it’s ugly?? Oh, my bad, Amber Rose is white, right?

Coren Bell
Guest

I am in shock, I have watched her on TV very good Weather Girl. I don’t see the problem with her response. We need to stand up for ourselves more often in the South because they feel we should take whatever is given to us. Something has to be done Rhonda Lee please don’t take this one quietly. I am only 30 minutes away and have your back. Looking into this matter now. Saddened I didn’t know

Shelle
Guest

She should have been commended, not fired. If she were a white woman wearing very short hair she would still have a job!

Michelle
Guest

She was very professional and I think her former employer is an idiot.

Treasure Loudermilk
Guest
What happened to this woman is an absolute outrage. As usual, a member of society that has been whitewashed into only believing that Eurocentric standards of beauty are acceptable or even worth value had to stick their ignorant little two cents in. This news woman had EVERY RIGHT to not only respond to this clearly racist comment, but also to rock her naturally beautiful ethnic hair. The only problem with natural hair is the ignorant nincompoops who oppose it, or don’t find it “nice to look at”. And if she somehow broke “company policy” or something like that by responding,… Read more »
imani
Guest
On one hand I would have recognized his ignorance for what it was and not replied. On the other hand, its that type of racist commentary that needs to be checked. To imply poor ppl wear rags bc they had no choice but once they evolve they did “better” is to equate wearing an afro as a harsh necessity or punishment that at the time had no solution and that once perms & wigs became available, we blks now know “better” as if our natural is LESS THAN…a problem that now has a solution? He needed to be checked! I… Read more »
Dana
Guest
Yeah, I was ticked off too when I read it on yahoo. There’s a petition you can sign on Facebook so she can get her job back, but if I were her, I’d take it straight to the courts and sue the company for allowing it on the site because it’s clearly slanderous and misaligning her reputable name, and affected her whole lifestyle now and source of income, etc. If they were monitoring their message boards like they’re legally responsible to do, she wouldn’t have even have had to defend herself to the likes of that beast and the company… Read more »
Fredina
Guest

I am from Shreveport,LA and I enjoyed watching Rhonda Lee.She was very professional in her response.As far as the news stations facebook page (KTBS 3)You would not believe the racist comments that are freely,daily made on any given subject.I’m talking the N word,black folks on welfare,a black unarmed man was killed by police and comments like he got what he deserved ect.This is just one instance that it’s been made public.If someone is responsible for monitoring what is posted,THEY need to be fired,not Rhonda Lee.

Shannon
Guest

People are so ignorant! She deserved a pat on the back for not snapping on such an ignorant comment. She was well spoken and poised the way that she should have been. It’s sad how soooo many people think like this guy. As black women, we are still such a mystery to everybody and they’d rather continue to keep us a mystery than to let go of their ignorant misconceptions and get to know us as a collective community and as individuals, because we’re both…just like everyone else!

Shannon
Guest

And by the way…she’s beautiful. I hope she uses this stumbling block as a stepping stone.

Kalilah
Guest
I can totally relate to this. I’ve been in media for over 10 years now, right around the same time I went natural. My hair has always been an issue. I’ve had viewers call the station and tell me to comb my hair. When I cut it short again two years ago, another viewer called the station to say that I look like a lesbian. Fortunately, the places I have worked have actually liked my hair. They didn’t come out and defend it, but they simply didn’t respond to the derogotary comments and neither did I. Unfortunately, the station where… Read more »
shelli
Guest

Pray for you? Why don’t you stand up for yourself and put your grownup thong on and refuse to have your hair fixed as you so put it? Sometimes you have to standup for the right thing. Sue for discrimination!

Meteorologist Rhonda Lee
Guest

Kalilah! Please get in touch with me! Thank you. heyweatherlady@gmail.com or via FB or Twitter @Rhonda_A_Lee.

Thank you everyone for the support! I HONESTLY means the world to me.

Raneka Stevens
Guest

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Youngin girl
Guest
It’s her hair, let her wear it proudly. I liked her direct statement and How calm she was while typing it. I can sense when someone is offensive or calm when typing their statement. I have seen more than one woman wear their hair short to their neck. Not in my area but it’s all about what works for you. What makes you happy. Nobody’s here to impress others, she was there to do a job and she was happy with herself so she should be able to wear it. What she does with herself is her choice, nobody doesn’t… Read more »
Ajah
Guest

Racist racist racist that’s all I have to say

Ajah
Guest

It’s a shame

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