Ashanti Scott, a student and a cheerleader from Butler Traditional High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was shocked to learn that just a few days before her school started, the school had revealed a shocking new dress code policy regarding specific “hair rules”.
The rules include banning specific hairstyles such as dreadlocks, twists, Afros longer than two inches and cornrows, which she also notes, had been wrongly spelled as “cornrolls.”
With her splendid black locks and natural tight curls, she believes the school’s new rules are somehow more of a personal attack than anything else, and says “on me, and who I am and my culture, my upbringing.”
“I noticed that as you kept reading they added more hairstyles that were natural and mostly worn by black people,” she said. “I’ve worn those hairstyles so I definitely felt targeted, and I felt like other black students like myself were targeted, as a whole,”she said.
Ashanti and her mother, Attica Scott, have then gone soon as part of a national debate in the country regarding natural hair issues and perceptions.
Her mother, who was also a newly elected Kentucky state legislator, also posted the issue which sparked the debate online in her tweet after ringing up the school.
“Soooo...my daughter had registration today and let's just say she's not happy about the #JCPS no natural hair policy.” she states in her tweet, which had gone viral just within minutes.
Renee Murphy, a news anchor of ABC Louisville affiliate of WHAS-TV said in response was “I currently have an Afro, I thought about coming to work several times with it out, but always decided against it: ‘Would it be too much.’ But really, what is too much?”
Nikki Walton, blogger and author of "Better Than Good Hair" also stated: “The natural hair movement is more than hair, It is a lifestyle. It is learning to be comfortable in the skin that you are in.”
After the pressing issue, Butler High has finally changed their policy that states: “hair must be well-groomed, well-kept and at a reasonable length.”