There’s very little that is more despicable than making a child the target of racism but it’s so much worse when you shame her for how she looks at the same time. Yet the Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma did just that:
Terrance Parker said the school hassled him and didn’t leave him a choice. Parker said he yanked his 7-year-old daughter, Tiana, out of classes because of a disagreement that left her in tears.
“They didn’t like my dreads,” said Tiana.
FoX23 reviewed the school’s dress code. It states, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
The school feels that could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.
Well sure! I can totally understand if a kid showed up to school looking like this:
That would be a bit distracting. So what did 7-year old Tiana’s hair look like that it was a menace to the concentration of students far and wide?
Oh wait, actually, that’s about as distracting as a sneeze at a heavy metal concert. The pink bow is more distracting than her hair style.
The racism here is unavoidable. The school bans afros? That’s the default setting for African American’s hair. When you see a black woman with long straight hair, that’s the result of a whole lot of chemicals. The school might as well be saying that if you don’t try hard enough to emulate white people, they don’t want you there.
So we have a little girl being discriminated against not only for her race but her appearance as well. Yeah, that won’t leave as scars down the road because little girls don’t get enough body shaming from advertising already. Well done, Deborah Brown, you achieved a twofer in cruelty.
Here’s the heartbreaking video: