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Black Lawmakers Ask Army To Reconsider New Hairstyle Rule

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AFRICANGLOBE - During slavery and for generations after, hair texture, along with skin complexion, was used to classify which enslaved Blacks were more valuable, given jobs in the captors' house rather than the field, and — by default — deemed beautiful. Straighter hair, lighter skin and features that looked White were considered preferred traits. Those values were internalized and perpetuated within the Black community for years in a way that was particularly damaging to the self-esteem of Black women
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