Racist School Declares 7 Year Old Black Girl’s Hair ‘Distracting,’ Sends Her Home (VIDEO)

Author: September 5, 2013 2:16 am

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:

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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?

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SCANDALOUS!

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:

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3 Comments

  • I experienced similar treatment by the nuns in my lily white elementary school during the mid-60s, back in the days before multicultural classrooms were the norm. At the time, I was the only child in the classroom with natural corkscrew curls. All the other girls looked alike, having neat pin straight hair, usually worn long and in braids. My curly hair was usually chin length, often shorter. I was constantly singled out by the nuns with comments about my “wild jungle” hair and my mother was chastised to get it under control so that I would not be a classroom distraction. One nun even stopped at my desk on several occasions and roughly handled my hair, pointing out to other students what was wrong with it. The entire experience was traumatizing for a pre-adolescent girl, and was made even more so when my classmates took cues from the nuns and nicknamed me “frizz”. I begged my mother to send me to a salon to have my hair chemically straightened so that I would look more like the other students. She obliged when her budget allowed, yet the results never really looked right due to the primitive hair straightening technology of the times and the upkeep that accompanied it. Fast forward several decades, and I once again wear my curls proudly. My hair, once such a source of ridicule back in the Dark Ages, is regarded today as well groomed and a source of envy.

  • If this story was not so biased, they would have dug deeper and noticed that the entire school leadership, the rule makers, are BLACK! The media loves to start race wars, don’t they!!!

  • That’s Oklahoma.

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