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Online petition says new Army regulation is racially biased

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A  new Army regulation says soldiers can't style their hair in twists and dreadlocks bigger than a quarter of an inch.

Some women say the regulation is not fair because it's racially biased, so they're imploring the Obama administration to change it in an online petition.

 Over 13 thousand people have electronically signed the petition that says more than 30 percent of females serving in the military are of a race other than white. It says the changes in the new regulation offer little to no options for females with natural hair, who often style their hair in twists and dreadlocks, which are defined as "any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair", and now unauthorized.

The petition continues to say the new changes are racially biased, and there is a lack of regard for ethnic hair.
Petition signatures are from all over the country, and the goal is to have 100 thousand signatures by April 19.

The text supporting the petition is below:
"More than 30% of females serving in the military are of a race other than white. As of 2011, 36% of females in the U.S. stated that they are natural, or refrain from chemically processing their hair. Females with natural hair take strides to style their natural hair in a professional manner when necessary; however, changes to AR 670-1 offer little to no options for females with natural hair. In the proposed changes, unauthorized hairstyles include twists, both flat twists as well as two strand twists; as well as dreadlocks, which are defined as "any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair." These new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. This policy needs to be reviewed prior to publishing to allow for neat and maintained natural hairstyles."


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