Why is Black Hair so Political?

Tulsa school sends girl home over hair – FOX23 News

Published: 9/03 11:08 pm

Deborah Brown Community School is one student short for the remainder of the school year.

Terrance Parker said the school hassled him and didn’t leave him a choice. Parker said he yanked his 7-year-old daughter, Tiana, out of classes because of a disagreement that left her in tears.

Parker, who’s a barber, said school officials at Deborah Brown told him Tiana’s hair didn’t look presentable.

“She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice,” said Parker.

The charter school has its own set of rules. While no one at the school agreed to speak with us on camera, administrator, Millard Jones told FOX23 that Terrance Parker was fully aware what was expected. However, for his young daughter, it just hurts.

“They didn’t like my dreads,” said Tiana.

FoX23 reviewed the school’s dress code. It states, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”

The school feels that could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.

“She went to the school last year and didn’t have any problems,” said Parker.

Parker said her hair looked the same.

“It hurt my feelings to the core,” said Parker.

“I think that they should let me have my dreads,” said Tiana.

Tiana, a straight A student, wears a different school uniform now, but the same hair style, which looks perfectly fine according to her new school.

My heart hurts for this little girl. I can careless about whether this is a charter school or not, dreadlocks and afros are not, I repeat, are NOT fads, they are hairstyles no different than a ponytail, braids, French braid, or a side ponytail. This school has attacked this young girl and left her in tears, to heck with them. I don’t care if this school is ran by a black person or a white person, this type of attitude and treatment toward non-western ideal hair type or hair styles is not okay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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