Afros and braids are now against the rules in one Ohio school.
Yes, you read that right.
According to Inquisitr, the Horizon Science Academy of Lorain, Ohio, recently sent out their new dress code. Most things listed in the dress code are expected: no excessive makeup, torn clothes or facial piercings.
But then there is this one sentence that reads “afro-puffs and small twisted braids — with or without rubber bands — are NOT permitted.”
Many parents, like most thinking adults would, feel the rule is blatantly racist.
Here’s what blogger Black Girl With Long Hair had to say about the rule:
“The dress code restrictions highlight an age-old struggle that naturals face ... Our hair is viewed as radical, funky or unruly in its natural state ... restrictions are sometimes placed on us in academic and professional settings that do not extend to our nonblack counterparts.”
How could something this ridiculous be considered by the school board for more than a second?
“Um, please don’t wear your hair naturally. It’s a bit too much. But, uh, while you’re at it, don’t braid it. We’re not really feeling that look either.”
What are African-American students supposed to do? Shave their heads?
The academy issued an apology for the policy and say they will revise the code. Here’s an excerpt from their letter:
We truly apologize for this mistake and want to thank everyone for their feedback about the information in our handbook.
Furthermore, we are taking the matter seriously and again apologize for any offense it may have caused. We are currently taking the necessary steps to correct the information and to prevent this from ever happening again. We will be sending the final updated version of our dress code as soon as possible.