Ohio School Puts BAN On Afro -Puffs & Braids! Says They Aren’t “PROPER”?!?! TF?????

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THE F*CKKKKKKKKKK???????

Just when you started to have faith in humanity: Black Girl Long Hair got their hands on a document from the Lorain, Ohio Horizon Science Academy, in which styling (read: having) natural hair is listed as a dress-code violation.

The letter in question was sent home to Horizon Academy parents, outlining “proper” school attire. In attempts to “help students resist peer pressure” and “create a sense of belonging and school pride,” the school named “Afro-puffs and small twisted braids [box braids? Senegalese twists? regular twists?], with our without rubberbands,” on a list of unacceptable hairstyles. Hair beads were given the ok, “as long as they do not pose a safety risk.”

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Natural hair advocates were understandably upset, as afro-puffs and twisted braids are, well… how folks with kinks style their hair. After being pressured by angry parents, the school decided to lift the ban last Friday.

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The apology letter made no direct reference to the ban on black hairstyles, instead describing the offense as “a statement made about not allowing a certain hairstyle.” Of course, the school maintains that “by no means did we have any intention of creating bias towards any of our students.” How forbidding a hairstyles mainly worn by black students doesn’t “create bias” against them remains to be seen.

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Sigh.

My question is what do they consider “proper”? Because in my culture a “proper” hairstyle for a little girl are cornrow braids and a ton of barrettes!

What do you think?

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