Here at BreakingBrown, we’ve seen no evidence that dreadlocks are linked to criminal activity. In fact, the founder of this website–Yvette Carnell– wears locs. And if the number of white youth who are adopting the hairstyle is any indication, then, with the exception of Rastas, dreads are just another hairstyle. Still, one Florida man decided to cut his locs as a way of getting a job and encouraging youth to clean up their image.
Dominick Davis, 41, an ex offender, says his locs are holding him back so he’s cutting them off as part of the “Saving Our Sons” effort to combat negative stereotypes of African-Americans, WJAX-TV reports.
Davis, who spent six years in prison, says it’s time that he clean up his image.
“It’s time for a change, because enough is enough,” he said, adding, “People feel like everyone that has dreads are bad people or they’re criminals.”
Davis says mugshots encouraged him to change his look.
“You turn on the TV and if they have a suspect, the description is a person with dreads. You absolutely have to dress. You can’t go on an interview with jeans, T-shirt. You’re basically selling yourself,” said Davis.
Davis says he wants to pass that message on to the younger generation.
It’s hard to understand how one man cutting his hair made it onto the local news in Jacksonville. This isn’t so much about dreads as it is about how the news media’s racial agenda comes through under the veil of human interest stories.
Davis also has gold teeth. No word on whether he’ll be removing those as he continues his job hunt. We wish him luck.
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