The other day while at work I was engaged in a conversation with one of my coworkers about ways people can prepare themselves to become better competitors for employment opportunities. She began to give examples of how people can be more presentable in professional environments during an interview; a firm handshake, proper attire, an impressive resume, and a clean neat haircut whereby she deemed dreads as ‘inappropriate.’ I was taken aback. Not long ago, I was reading an article about a boy who was refused from a school because of his locs despite the fact that he was more than qualified to attend. Descrimination at it’s finest. Personally, I believe whether his dreads were an extension of his religious beliefs or not, he still has the right to style his natural hair in dread locs and not have them define him. Dreads are not only an extension of religion, it’s also an extension of CULTURE and that is something that no one has the right to take away or frown upon. I could see more with my co worker if she had said ‘neatly styled dreads’ but she eliminated dreads altogether. She just associated it unprofessionalism right off the top. Why? Dread locs are a form of styling for natural black hair and it’s been worn since the biblical days. There are plenty of professional intelligent successful black men and women who wear their hair in dreads and hold noteworthy positions. It must be a result of ignorance when it comes to our culture or maybe more so a result of rejecting our culture.