If a White Philly Police Officer Can Not Wear Cornrows, Then Blacks Should Not Wear Weaves
What if he chose to wear a fro?…or better yet, what if he were black and decided to wear a fro, or in this case, corn rows?… or is this reverse discrimination?…
Police policy requires officers to have “clean, properly trimmed and combed hair” that doesn’t extend to their collar or cover their ears.
Police in Philadelphia say a white officer who came to work with cornrows was ordered by a black superior to get a haircut because the braids violated department standards.
The correct term for the hairstyle is not the corny corn rows, but they are actually french braids.
“They pulled him out of roll call and took him right up to the inspector’s office,” said an officer who asked to remain anonymous.
Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore says Strain’s boss told the officer to cut his hair to look more “professional.”
Vanore says officers’ hats must fit “in a military manner” over their hair, and that Strain’s hat did not. Strain got a haircut; he declined comment to the paper.
Vanore stressed that Strain, who has since cut his locks, was reprimanded because his hair was unruly – not because it was in cornrows.
But not all Philly cops bought that argument.
It’s absolutely discriminatory,” a fellow officer told the Philadelphia Daily News. “Strain’s hair was neat. It was above his collar. It’s not like he shaved a Nazi sign or something anti-black or anti-Hispanic on his head.
“It’s just cornrows,” the cop added. “I don’t know what the problem is.”