Going natural, ‘fro frisking and the politics of hair

Originally published in 2015, this story is updated.

The Transportation Security Administration announced in April 2015 that it no longer will pat down all people with ‘natural’ hair.

A year later, they were still touching. Hmm, that was fast.

And in 2018.

In 2019, a TSA agent with locs of her own patted down the head of a woman with braids.

Other examples of hair discrimination:

  • In East Texas this month…



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Yvette Walker of the Positively Joy podcast

Walker is the host of Positively Joy, a multicultural podcast that takes a mostly Christian look at the search for light in all seasons. www.positivelyjoy.com