Is it me, or has racism gotten much worse over the years? For a time things seemed to really be turning around, and now, with our first half Black President, we’re back to pure, unadulterated, unapologetic ignorance.
At any rate, 7-year-old Tiana Parker was recently sent home from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma for having dreadlocks.
According to the school’s policy, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.” The school declined to comment on the situation, though Tiana’s father Terrance, who is a barber, told Fox 23 News that he makes sure his children are always presentable. He said, “I take pride in my kids looking nice.” Tiana wept as she spoke to the news reporter in the clip below:
Sure, the school undoubtedly made its policy aware to all parents–but why are Afros and dreadlocks even considered unacceptable or faddish? What about our natural hair texture and corresponding natural hairstyles is inappropriate?
This story obviously hits close to home for me, as I have had dreadlocks for over 10 years. I’m aware of the negative connotations and stereotypes regarding my ‘natty dreads,’ so I always make sure they’re styled and brushed.This is really all a school should require from young children, no matter their skin tone or hair texture.
What a disgrace. And how sad for Tiana, who has to deal with such heartache at a young age.
When will this country do better?
What do you think?
Read the original article at RawStory.com.
Thanks to reader Tara for the link!