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We read earlier about the story of Jose Reyes of the Miami Marlins, who was told that he must cut off his dreadlocks as a condition for receiving payment on his six-year, $106 million dollar contract. Jose said “no problem,” so the issue was settled quickly. But this leads to a deeper discussion about what many people of color experience in the workplace….your boss tells you that who you are and your current look doesn’t fit the culture of the company: Your natural hair should be replaced by a perm or your goatee makes you look too militant. Most of us have been there before.
Is this cultural bias or just the way it is? In the video below, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Yvette Carnell discuss the Reyes situation and ask, “How much is too much when it comes to fitting in?