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DREADING DREADLOCKSBBC Caribbean is reporting that in the Bahamas, two customs employees are facing the threat of dismissal because of their hairstyle.

Their dreadlocks have been deemed “unacceptable” by Customs authorities, who insist that the rules and regulations as they apply back that position.

The two women have been cautioned. The letter they received on the matter made it clear that the authorities felt that wearing their braids and dreadlocks on the job is “unquestionably unacceptable”.

The official line is that their jobs fall within the category of national security, and that there are various codes, including dress, that they are required to adhere to.

The two officers are seeking legal advice on the matter. But their plight is one many rastafarians around the Caribbean can identify with.


  • Are dreadlocks an acceptable hairstyle in today’s Caribbean?
  • Should they be?
  • Does the style represent a sense of identity?
  • Have the customs authorities in Nassau over-reacted on the matter?
  • Should the women simply stick to the rules and resort to “more acceptable” hairstyles, or should they pursue the matter?

============My Personal Note============
I think once the women conduct themselves professionally, are able to do their jobs efficiently and keep their hair and appearance neat I see no problem in them have dreadlocks as customs officers.


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Comment by Abeni
2009-04-09 19:58:49

In this day and age they want to be so archaic? I really don’t see what is the issue.It’s not as if dreadlocks are not part of the mainstream. They have a right to wear their hair in locks if they want

Comment by Steve Foerster
2009-04-19 19:09:20

I hired a guy with locks as a computer lab supervisor. He had the right skills and experience. What’s the big deal?

Comment by EDO
2009-12-18 06:07:53

dismissing someone from job because of dread is denial of human right…

Comment by Paul
2010-02-15 01:50:50

This article is far from objective including leading responses to be against the government decision. The employer in this case the government of the Bahamas insists on them removing their dreads since they are in a security position. This is similar to recruits in the US Army having their heads shaved at basic training. A certain hair style and uniform must be worn when reporting to their post. This is from a point of professionalism. If they were like Steve said a computer lab supervisor there would be no problem.

Comment by Lejon
2011-10-30 04:29:06

Is it not an infringement of their human rights to refuse them to have to hairstyles/Religion they choose??-I believe so!!!—-Im also sure that they are well groomed and are not dirty so whats the big deal ??- I wish the two Ladies all the best and hope this matter is put in the past-

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