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by on August 4, 2019
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Administrators at Narvie Harris Elementary School in Georgia are coming under fire after a poster featuring and targeting Black children is used to depict "appropriate" and "inappropriate" hairstyles for students.

The school's dress code prohibits clothing, jewelry, tattoos and piercings that "disrupt the educational process or endanger the health or safety of other students."  The dress code is silent on hairstyles. 

A parent of a student at Narvie Harris Elementary School shared the photo with her hairstylist, who posted it on social media. The post quickly went viral, and parents around the country are outraged that the school targeted only Black students. 

DeKalb County officials responded to the backlash in a statement by saying the poster was “the result of a miscommunication relating to appearance rules at the school.”

The school district said the poster was immediately removed and a letter was sent to parents clarifying the school’s dress code and appearance policy.

Due to the rise in incidents, California and New York recently enacted legislation to ban discrimination against Black students and employees over natural hairstyles such as braids and deadlocks.  New Jersey lawmakers have introduced similar legislation, and organizations are urging all states to follow.  

Now do these recent incidents of racial and cultural discrimination allign with the Kumbaya spirit of  "diversity and inclusion?"  Decide for yourself.

 We'll say this.  As much as it is disheartening that in 2019 we need legislation to safeguard a fundamental right to freedom of expression, the flip side is that Black people are increasingly embracing our natural features and authentic beauty and relieving ourselves of the pressure or need to assimilate into other cultures. 

 

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