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Banana Republic Allegedly Dissed And Dismissed This Black Employee Because Her Hair Was 'Too Urban'

Oh no Banana, what are you doing?

Add yet another black hair discrimination claim to the unfortunate pile. This time, Banana Republic is the culprit.

True to its colonialist name, the Gap-owned brand reportedly sent Destiny Tomkins home because her hairstyle was "too urban," the Revelist reports. 

Tomkins posted her account of the incident on Facebook:

Tompkins claims that the Banana Republic manager — who is white — also deemed her box braids as "unkempt." 

"He said that if I didn’t take them out then he couldn’t schedule me for shifts until I did. When I tried to explain to him that it was a protective style for my hair bc it tends to become really brittle in the cold, he recommended that I use shea butter for it instead," Tompkins wrote.

Photo: Giphy
Photo: Giphy

The incident allegedly began when a white district manager reviewing the store expressed her disapproval with Tompkins' hair.

"I have never been so humiliated and degraded in my life by a white person," Tompkins wrote, "In that moment, I felt so uncomfortable and overwhelmed that I didn’t even finish my work shift and ended up leaving."

Revelist reached out to Banana Republic for a comment and are awaiting a reply at the time of this posting. 

Tompkins also touched on the history of black women's hairstyles being used as a scapegoat for discriminating practices in the workplace concluding with, "There’s no reason why a white person should feel allowed to tell me that I can’t wear my hair the way that I want bc it’s too black for their store image."

Photo: GIPHY
Photo: GIPHY

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