This topic has become controversial, especially during these hard times in America. When certain policies are enforced, it can leave the child confused about their culture and can be discriminatory to the race. Butler Traditional High School is certainly not the first school to enforce this policy. Even colleges such as Hampton University put a ban on cornrows and dreadlocks in 2012. Earlier this year, several black students wanted to honor Black History Month in Durham, North Carolina through wearing African head wraps. North Carolina school system banned students from wearing head wraps while in the building. Even if it’s a cultural tradition the girls were threaten to be suspended. The young ladies started a protest and hashtag #ItsBiggerThanaHeadwrap hopefully, North Carolina acknowledges there are faults in their policy.
Black hair and black hairstyles at one point were slowly being considered suitable for American. It’s been decades were if you’re in school and/or the workplace, it wasn’t accepted at all. America has an obsession with the European beauty standards. This means lighter skin, long straight hair, thin bodies and blue eyes. This needs to be changed! When you mix freedom of expression with cultural barriers it can cause a lot of tension. Hopefully, the administration and America can see its no harm in hair.
Written by @leahgordone