School rethinks its ban on dreadlocks
Oklahoma school came under fire for appearance guidelines that critics called discriminatory.
Recently, 7-year-old Tiana Parker was sent home from Deborah Brown Community School, a charter school in Tulsa, Okla., for wearing dreadlocks, reports Jezebel.com. Apparently, the girl’s appearance violated the school’s appearance guidelines, which state: “Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
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Well, the school came under national fire after this incident, with many critics saying that there’s nothing “faddish” about dreadlocks and that the policy discriminates against natural black hairstyles.
Pressure from the public and the American Civil Liberties Union was met with a two-hour school-board meeting. The verdict? The school's appearance guidelines were revised, but the damage was already done. Tiana's parents decided to send their daughter to a different school.
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Photo: Still of 7-year old Tiana Parker, who was told her dreadlocks violated her school's dress code (Fox 23, http://aka.ms/Tiana-Parker)
Seems each thing that the Black Culture has the natural capability to do with their natural hair, is a No-No in society. Many jobs one can't be themselves without ruining their hair.
When one even talks of coloring. It was OK when the white culture wore that blue all over hair color to cover up their grey? Or, if they wore a bow in their hair? They weren't called racial names like "Topsy".
Then, the huge high, very teased hair that resembled Marge Simpson, the higher the better. Was seen in so many Business Offices and thought of as beautiful.
She went from a 97 % Black school to a 99% Black Skool.
I just hope she gets a good Edjumakation.
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