aIs the underlying message black women shouldn’t have hair AT ALL?
Natural hairstyles are the only option that we as black women have as opposed to altering our hair completely by straightening or relaxing in order to be deemed acceptable by societies standards.
Whether you have dreads,an Afro, and now box braids the topic of hair on black women always seems to be an issue.
TFifteen-year-old twins, Deanna and Mya Cook were served multiple detentions and were threatened with suspension from Mystic Valley Regional Charter School because their hair violates school dress code.
It always seems to be the schools that are predominately white with dress codes that ‘surprisingly’ target black students.
While the school maintains that the box braid ban is to insure equality amongst all students, the policy against hair extensions disproportionately affects black students, who reportedly make up 17 percent of the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s student body’ according to the HuffingtonPost.
Unfortunately stories like this are not new to black girls, who chose to wear their fros, puffs or twists, but boys are too facing the same discrimination when it comes to their hair. They might as well just say they don’t want to see black people be great.
Sorry we forgot, what does hair have to do with a student’s education again?