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Dada Is To Irresponsible As Clean Cut Is To?

For a while i had a distinguished career in the confines of recording studios. Then i felt not challenged anymore, so i opted to go back to school, back up my dusty certificate and hopefully start off a new career afterwards. As encouragement, i was offered employment in the same institution of study. Problem is, my dreads are long and seems to be a source of constant harrassment from all manners of staff. My senior collegues as well as my junior collegues.

My case is this, ; is it not on record that some of the most popular negative role models in Nigeria today [x-presidents, x-governors, x-government office and title holders, ] spot clean shaven hair styles? how many people arrested for crimes wear dreadlocks? They say i look like a tout but i so go to motor parks regularly and up till now, haven't seen a single tout spotting dread looks.

Is this not some form of discremination? What make a professors bushy beard more academic than my dreadlocks? My hair dosen't smell because i wash it everytime i take a bath but i do know i cant say same for many a women folk! The hair is a 100 per cent natural, i just chose at some point in my life not to comb it,  so, wah ya say?

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Dada (not too long) is sexy! And not all of them stink!

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Due to pervasive self-hate in our society; your godhood status makes the self-haters very fearful of the power of the divine in you so they seek to tanish your image by demonizing you through the media and the dominant ideology.

Keep your crown; it's your royal birth right.

See link for more indept analysis underlying the ostracizing of dread lock:

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-199041.0.html

remain blessed.

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I agree with you. I never had locks but if you look at my picture. I was in the process of letting my hair just bush out and for a while it was just out, big, and natural. I also had a goatee that was growing long as well. (I actually still have that) LOL! I am in Software Development and I am in meetings and functions with all types of business individuals.

I think people really have to get out of that mind state. Keep your locks!! I love the way natural hair, locks, twist, etc look.

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You are just too lucky !

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Dreds can be beautiful. The generalization i have of dreded people is that they are free spirits.

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Shave those snakes jo

What statement are you trying to make by looking like Medusa. Abeg

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I am a scientist and I had dredlocks for a few yrs in my field. The good thing was that I worked at a great company that did not care about looks but instead my qualifications.

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You're mad when they discriminate against you over your Dada but you're calling me BOTTLENECK, hope you're not the cause of your wahala.

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ok, black people r well represented in boxing, acting, commedy bla, bla, bla, with this analogy of yours, it should be like adding salt to lemon juice if i see a black man as a rocket scientist or if i see a black man on horseback riding in a pro race, or if i see a black man skiing in the alps, wake up dude, we r what we think, becareful u bottleneck ur thought processess by adopting schools of thought that aint never been tested,

are bankers more intellectual than musicians? are civil servants more serious minded than studio engineers? wats ur argument? define decent? lets not decieve ourselves, man invented class to take good care of his egotistic tendencies,

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The only thing I'll add is for you to choose a career that matches to your style of life.

Dreadlocks people are well represent in the field of SPORTS,MUSIC,ACTIVISTS, SPIRITUALIST, ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT even good in Native doctor. Contradicting the issue by Looking for a post in BANKS, EXECUTIVE POST,POLITICS,CORPORATE JOBS, My brother you're adding salt to lemon juice which taste rubbish.

Sometimes the way we presents ourselves before others determines how people take us. Why not look for something in the field that matches your style of life and make good out of it instead of contradicting things.

That's my point.

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I sometimes see most of them as unserious. Mostly MEN.

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its def a stereotype. When people see dreds they think "smokes weed, irresponsible, lazy" etc.

I had dreds a few yrs ago and took a whole lotta criticism for it during the 5yrs I had it. Once I was conversing with a lady from ghana about my work (I'm a scientist) she looked at me funny and said "what about your hair? they let you come to work like that?"

I almost got angry but instead laughed and said "so what?" how does that reflect on my capabilities or qualifications? Some people are just stuck in their ways, but unfortunately there are many many corporations that won't hire dredlocks so you hafta pick which is more important to you.

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its a cultural thing, maybe. Then again, dreads are seen as a symbol of the rastafarian lifestyle- including ganja and the like.

I noticed a lot of dreadlocked guys date and marry non-blacks, for some reason.

And many of such guys are actually quite easy going, religion aside.

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