Starting January 1, 2007, the Baltimore Police Department will impose new rules that will effectively eliminate natural hairstyles from the list of acceptable appearance standards.
According to General Order C-12:
â€¢ â€œExtreme or fad hairstyles are PROHIBITED, including but not limited to: cornrows, mohawks, dreadlocks, and twists, as well as designs or sculptures using the hair and/or cut into the hair.â€
When asked to explain the reason for the change, the Department explained that the police were blending in with the criminals!
In addition to criminalizing Black hair styles, the police department is essentially forcing its employees, both male and female, to wear their hair in very limited and unhealthy ways. For women, the basic options are to wear their hair closely cropped or use some form of relaxer.
Even if you don’t have a problem with relaxed or straightened hair, we must stand up and defend people’s right to individual and cultural freedom.
To protest this racist practice, go to: