First off I resent your comment because I myself am black, and their race or culture is not the issue. As far as dreadlocks being part of black culture that is nonsense. Dread locks did not even exist anywhere except Jamaica until the 1980's. In the 1970's the style was the Afro. In the 1950's and early 60s it was the Process. These things are merely a fad not cultural. Would you hire some of British descent ifthey came to an interview wearing a codpiece or dressed like Sir Walter Ralegh? If on the other hand you came to an interview wearing traditional African formal tribal outfit, or the more pertinent today an aba or a yarmulke that would be a different story.
My mother, also black, stated that the way you present yourself to others shows the amount of respect you have for them. If when you come in looking like the wild man from Borneo, who could not be bothered to get a hair cut, clean your self up and put on some decent clothes, you are saying I really don't care who you are, I am going to so things my own way. That means that you are not a team player and I don't want you in my business.
My mom also stated that when people disfigure their bodies they are showing a lack of class and good upbringing. She also had a number of comments to make about such people that I consider offensive. I do not wold such rigid, reactionary, opinions but I do feel that such ornamentation has its place and time. Would you wear a Beach Boys t-shirt and shorts to church? That is showing disrespect to the congregation, the minister, and God. Yet there is nothing wrong with wearing that on a date, or to go out to dinner, (despite the opinion of some restaurants that require a jacket and tie to enter).
My brother failed to learn this lesson. So despite a MCS and 25 years in the business, he has been out of work for three years, despite dozens of interviews.
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