Loc’d execs shut down Kenyan ‘anti-black’ politician

In response to a Kenya-based politician’s negative comments about people in locs, Twitter users came out to end the hate!

George Peter Kaluma destroys Locs and stands 10 toes down

The conversation began after George Peter Kaluma, a member of the Kenyan Parliament, sent a note to students at Kenya Methodist University earlier this year.

In particular, the letter – sent by the dean of studies – was intended to “encourage all students to adopt a style of dress and appearance that would be acceptable in the various fields of work and in society in general”.

The very first topic covered was ‘Rasta/Dreadlocks’ as the Dean encouraged students to ‘wear properly groomed hair’.

Kaluma clearly agreed, tweeting the notice and adding, “This should be enforced by all universities and educational institutions.”

As justification, Kaluma explained that the institutions “educate leaders in various areas, not prostitutes!”

This should be enforced by all universities and educational institutions.
We train leaders in various fields, not prostitutes! pic.twitter.com/bVwkmPGQH2

β€” Hon. George Peter Kaluma (@gpdkaluma) January 8, 2023

After the tweet gained momentum, one user called it “very trivial.” He also asked, “What’s wrong with dreadlocks?”

Kaluma, in turn, dug himself in an even deeper hole, writing, “Imagine your doctor, lawyer, engineer in dreadlocks.”

Imagine your doctor, lawyer, engineer in dreadlocks πŸƒπŸƒ

β€” Hon. George Peter Kaluma (@gpdkaluma) January 8, 2023

Black Twitter completely shuts down the politician

Kaluza’s second tweet in particular drew a lot of attention, sparking a trend of people showing off their locs while discussing their professional accomplishments.

How can you imagine that??? 🫠🫠 https://t.co/gPCi1r9abi pic.twitter.com/bWvPcTdxmz

β€” Cynthia (@telu__) January 11, 2023

Qualified Security and Computer Forensics Engineer + creative. .
Imagine ! With dreadlocks and lots of tattoos. . 🀷 https://t.co/sppdVKRqam pic.twitter.com/BH7noPmyfI

β€” HR The Messenger (@Hi_Renaissance) January 12, 2023

Oh, that’s fun… I want to join

– Award-winning diversity and inclusion advocate
– Recognized industry changemaker
– co-founder
– SEO and content strategist
– Global Spokesperson
– Award show judge
– Nominated for Outstanding Leadership Award

In locs πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– https://t.co/cAFULPm57D pic.twitter.com/bGDJNBXewn

β€” #CubicZarcarbium (@RejiYates) January 12, 2023

I ran the largest impact consulting firm in the world. Have sat with heads of state. Communicates with big heads. Led pivotal conversations about the future of humanity. Created programs that change the lives of millions.

And all this with dreads on his head. https://t.co/RUJsg2VUG7 pic.twitter.com/AsNQEag3Ga

β€” Lorna’s husband (@edwin_macharia) January 12, 2023

Is no longer a dream https://t.co/sqR9IYFPOq pic.twitter.com/DeGftnOZ1N

β€” El wachira (@elwachira1) January 12, 2023

No need to introduce yourself:

Image 1: Me with locs giving my graduation speech
Image 2: I address the United Nations with Locs
Image 3: I am called into the bar with Locs (I am a lawyer).
Pic 4: Me with locos performing royal duties for HRM Queen Elizabeth https://t.co/E4RcGyZP6O pic.twitter.com/huVRJvLoik

β€” Z completegy diggy dung dey 🎢 (@Z_black_one) January 12, 2023

The tweet was also labeled “anti-black,” while others poked fun at the absurdity of Kaluma’s statement.

This tweet is anti-black

β€” Jay D Cartere (@JayCartere) January 10, 2023

Check out the anti-blackness here smh https://t.co/GUbhBb0XxH

β€” Matthew A Cherry (@MatthewACerry) January 12, 2023

I guess that’s what you call looking neat and professional. πŸ™„

β€” La Donna (@SweetThangoxox) January 12, 2023

A respected legislator should be able to analyze and contribute content on morality issues without profiling people on the basis of backward opinions. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreadlocks. What if we start profiling you in relation to the many child support cases you have in court?

β€” Booker Ngesa Omole ☭ (@BookerBiro) January 11, 2023

One person proceeded to paint Locs on Kaluma’s photo. Kaluma in turn replied, saying, “Ladies are cool in locks, not men, Pthoo!” Dreads take male pep and make men look feminine!”

Ladies are cool in curls, not men pthoo! Dreads take away male pep and make men look effeminate!

β€” Hon. George Peter Kaluma (@gpdkaluma) January 12, 2023

While Kaluma appears to be standing firm, his sentiment has definitely been drowned out by pride, love, and support.

Call out to the lunatics out there proudly rocking their locos and never let anyone tell you your crown is unprofessional!

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