Poor kid, sorry she had to suffer for the policy to change. The policy was a stinker that also prohibited “afros.” Does that mean that little boys with kinky hair should straighten it ala Al Sharpton? I like this particular article as it covers the ‘war on natural black hair angle” I think is an important part of this story.
Charter School Tells 7 Year Old Student Her ‘Faddish’ Dreadlocks Aren’t ‘Presentable’
by David Badash on September 9, 2013 | www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com
After an Oklahoma charter school told a seven-year old straight “A” student that her dreadlocks are not “presentable,” her father removed her from the school and transferred her to another. The Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa has a written policy that some say is racist. But Tiana Parker was just sad, “because they didn’t like my dreads.
“Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros and other faddish styles are unacceptable,” the school’s handbook (PDF) states.
RH Reality Check has posted an online petition asking that Deborah Brown Community School “publicly apologize to Tiana Parker and her family, and change their dress code, or have their charter contract terminated.”
Though it’s not clear what other styles the school might consider faddish, the fact remains that two of the hairstyles spelled out as being unacceptable in this school’s policy are worn almost exclusively by African Americans with natural hair. It might as well say that black girls must have their hair chemically straightened or covered with a weave in order to pass muster.
While all young women face crushing pressures to conform to expensive and often unattainable beauty norms, black girls are uniquely singled out to be told that their own natural hair is unacceptable, not presentable, faddish, unserious, and even disrespectful. That this cruelty should be tolerated by public school officials and perpetrated on a seven year old child is no way to teach or model respect for others.
Moreover, it is a violation of this young girl’s basic rights.