When Your Hair is “too Urban” for the workplace

Destiny Tompkins
Destiny Tompkins

College student Destiny Tompkins says she is still in shock after her white manager at Banana Republic in White Plains, N.Y., told her that her box braids were too “urban” for the retailer.

The incident occurred last Wednesday. Tompkins posted on Facebook that when she went to work at Banana Republic’s Westchester Mall location, a white woman who was district manager came to the store. Tompkins was then asked to go speak to her manager who she calls Mike, who is white.

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