There’s a reason why the natural hair movement is so important and significant for women of color and that’s because even today black, kinky and curly hair faces discrimination. Imagine not being able to freely wear the hair that naturally grows from your scalp and being forced to change it and manipulate it so that it meets society’s Eurocentric beauty standards? Well, that’s a reality that’s been going on for centuries.
In fact, a recent incident proves this. Earlier this week a video of a black Louisiana elementary-school student crying went viral. The young female student who remains unnamed, was reportedly sent home from school this Monday for wearing a braided hairstyle that the school found “violated their dress-code policy.”
Writer and activist Shaun King shared the video to Twitter and of course people were pissed. Rapper and activist T.I. also shared the video on Instagram sharing his thoughts on the whole thing and how it’s obviously that what this girl experienced was racial discrimination.
It just happened again.
Christ The King Middle School in Gretna, Louisiana expelled this beautiful young Black girl saying that her hair style was "unnatural."
She was humiliated and removed from the school over it.
Let's be clear – this is Christianity as White Supremacy. pic.twitter.com/22IIKD9UCk
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 21, 2018
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Christ the King school in Gretna,La. You are deplorable!!! A true disgrace to the very thing your school’s name says it represents. How do you feel that this is a proper representation of what Jesus Christ the King & how he would want us to treat our children? You should be ashamed of yourselves…although I know you aren’t. This young lady is beautiful and her hair is perfectly fine. Unless of course you have an issue with black people’s hair in generally? Or is it that you intended to publicly ostracize & humiliate these young ladies so they’d be ashamed of who they are and how they look… making them feel inadequate because they aren’t YOUR version of beautiful? That’s the only explanations I can conceivably come up with. TO THESE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADIES who endured this covert application of bigotry disguised as school policy… I want you to know this… Your hair is beautiful. Your skin is beautiful. Your minds are beautiful. And not only that… you’re so undeniably beautiful & brilliant that you threaten anyone who tells you otherwise, to the point that they’re willing to stoop to levels as low as this to discourage you,so you’ll give up on your goals and never reach the levels of greatness they know await you. Please DONT LET THEM WIN!!! Please Just know the world is full of ignorant,hateful, insecure, inferior, demonic assholes. They want nothing more than to block your blessings by creating doubt in your minds, fueled by the false illusion of you not being good enough. But DONT BELIEVE THAT BULLSHIT!!!! YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH-nah BETTER THAN ANYBODY WHO TRIES TO MAKE YOU FEEL OTHERWISE. FUCK EM🖕🏽FUCK EM🖕🏽FUCK EM ALL!!! and tell em TIP said that… not TI!!!! Parents Please let me know if there’s ANY WAY POSSIBLE for me to be helpful. #HowDareYall #YourEnemyShouldntSchoolYourChildren
“This young lady is beautiful and her hair is perfectly fine. Unless of course you have an issue with black people’s hair generally? Or is it that you intended to publicly ostracize and humiliate these young ladies so they’d be ashamed of who they are and how they look … making them feel inadequate because they aren’t YOUR version of beautiful?
What’s upsetting though is despite the momentum that the natural hair movement has built, women are still facing discrimination regarding their natural hair right now in 2018. It’s absolutely absurd! How have we not evolved past this? That’s the only explanation I can conceivably come up with,” he wrote.
Apparently the school has specifically sent black girls home for wearing black hairstyles that they believe doesn’t fit the school’s dress code. That’s obvious in their dress code policy that states:
“Boys and girls: only the student’s natural hair is permitted. Extensions, wigs, hair pieces of any kind are not allowed.” Clearly this policy is singling out black girls who do often wear wigs, extensions and hair pieces. If that’s not deeply racist, I don’t know what is!
This kind of discrimination can be especially harmful to black girls who can experience humiliation and embarrassment about their appearance for being called out like that. It can also greatly impact their self-esteem and the way they perceive their unique beauty.
The world has always had an issue with black hair but there’s proof now that they still do. In fact, a 2017 study called the “Good Hair Study” conducted by Perception Institute and SheaMoisture, found that there is still a lot of bias against black natural hair.
Here’s a look at a few other instances that prove black hair is still not getting the love that it deserves!