Have you counted the many stories we have had over the years of little black girls being chastised about how their hair grows out of there head?
I stopped counting to be quite honest because it is clear to me that there is a serious vendetta against our children that sometimes does not come from other races but from our own race. In this case a thirteen year old girl was removed from her classroom by her principal because her hair was too ‘poofy’.
The 13-year-old was doing her work at Amesbury Middle School when Tracey Barnes the schools principal instructed her to pull her hair back or she would have to spend the rest of the period in the office. The girl’s parents would like her identity to be protected for fear of backlash but when the child was interviewed she said she was surprised:
“I didn’t see what the big deal was about my hair because it wasn’t bothering anybody. I was just doing my work so I didn’t see why I had to be pulled out of class because of my hair.”
The aunt of the child spoke about the case on social media and made the point that the principal was black and that even though teachers and principals should be helping us to instill self worth and value in our children sometimes they do not care enough about themselves to do that.
Kaysie Quansah (The aunt) said the following:
“I know that as a little, Black girl, it’s hard growing up in this world. It’s hard growing up with European beauty standards kind of pushed down on us from a young age.”
“We grow up, all this time, feeling like we’re not beautiful. And so for her to see [my niece] and her natural hair and to think ‘Oh, she will never get a position or she won’t be accepted in society because of that’ feels like it was drilled in her when she was growing up and now she’s projecting that onto little Black girls who may have reminded her of herself.”
The tricky thing about this case is that their is a dress code but there are no specifics about hair. The child usually wears her hair in braids but recently wanted to enjoy her hair loose which has been a problem for the pricipal according to her parents.
You can watch the full story from“City News,” below: