A receptionist from the Belmopan City Council was reportedly reprimanded by her superiors for her hairstyle. On Monday, Cheyenne Banner says she was called in by her boss to notify her that something must be done about her tress. Human Rights Activist and Managing Director of Our Circle stated that discrimination on any level is discrimination.
Derricia Castillo, Managing Director, Our Circle: “I think discrimination on any level is discriminations. Whether it’s how you speak, how you carry yourself, how you look and I believe that if the story has that much validity that she’s actually being targeted for her hair that is something that should be championed. I was making mention earlier that it should be something that’s a movement because we have a lot of women here with natural hair. We had the issue with the women in the police department who were told they could not wear dreadlocks, coming from the military I know there are some restrictions as well in regards to the hairstyle and I think the Police Department and the Belize Defence Force those are strict entities there is justification as to why your hair should be a certain way however if you’re out there working and that is your comfort zone, this is you embracing your blackness, this is you showing that I am a proud black woman I think discrimination on any level in regard to that is definitely condemned. Next you’ll hear she’ll have to wear baggy clothes so her hips don’t show or her breasts don’t show. She’s a woman and she’s expressing herself from the tip of her hair to the tip of her toe so she should not be discriminated or sanctioned for that.”
A movement has been made on social media by posting pictures of natural hair in support of Banner. The Belmopan City Council subsequently issued a release on the matter indicating that noting that they would not entertain any form of discrimination and would properly address the matter.