Here we go again. Yet another ban against natural hair. “I can’t believe this is happening in 2016”, a phrase kept on reel in my mind lately. “No dreadlocks, cornrolls, twists, braids” permitted at Butler Traditional High School in Kentucky, written in plain sight for everyone to see ignorance spelled out. I don’t know what’s more offensive, the policy or the fact that they misspelled “cornrows”. And get this, no Afros beyond two inches.
Kentucky State Representative, Attica Scott took to the virtual streets of Twitter with a loud speaker to put her daughter’s school on blast. It happened to be a new hair policy that reinforces the stigma that black natural hair is unacceptable. Message heard.
Teenagers have enough insecurities as it is, this policy would only force them to internalize ugliness and possible self-hatred. And what’s the point? Why would a school reject natural hair, especially the Afro; a style that grows naturally from the scalp of a Black person’s head?
I want to know the idiot assigned to hair police duty. Like, how are they to measure the Afro if it stretches beyond 2 inches. Are they performing length checks with a ruler at the entrance of the school doors? And why is a 2-inch Afro accepted over say, a 10-inch Afro? What overzealous administrator came up with that arbitrary number?
Miss me with argument that the rule applies to ALL students regardless of race and not targeted to individuals of the Black culture, the originators of dreadlocks and cornrows.
So what is it about natural hair that is unacceptable? I don’t know and cannot for the life of me, summon a logical answer without rolling my eyes. However, there’s a long history of people saying foolishness to justify the inhibition of Black hairstyles in the workplace, school yard etc.
It’s been said that Black hair is unprofessional, extreme, undesirable and downright ugly. Some argue that it limits your level of success. Well, to bust that myth, Scott is a prime example of a successful professional woman, having become the first woman elected to the Kentucky State Legislature in 20 years. And get this, she wears neat dreadlocks.