Why Is Our Black Hair Such A Problem To You?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

So what happens when people who should be busy educating our children are more worried about how those same children wear their hair?

Those kids get suspended...

Yup thats right...two kids got suspended over their hair and I got so mad that I made a video about it

Sometimes I really wish the stories I hear about the things that we go through as people of color or people with natural hair were just a joke. But then i think even if it was a joke it wouldn't be funny.

Find out more about the incidents below.

Sorry guys, I was unable to pull the videos to post however they should both be searchable on Facebook.

Photo from WBRC
Rashaad Hunter was suspended from Greenwood Elementary School in Bessemer, Alabama for having a part in his hair.

WBRC reports: 

Keisha Rembert said when her son Rashaad Hunter an honor roll student contacted her "He was like upset and he said I had to come get him out of school because he was being suspended. He was pulled out of class, saying that he had a design in his head but it really wasn't a design, it was a part."

"He was walking with his head down, when I saw him he was like a teary-eyed at first because he doesn't want to be suspended for no part in his head. I told him, "Dont hold your head down...continue to make these A's and B's because that part is nothing,"" Rembert said.

Since the incident Dr. Primm the Bessemer City Superintended has decided not to suspend the young student.

*dramatic pause*

Lets all be clear that we are talking about a part, a line cut into a little boys head. 


Very similar to a line or part that can be found in anyones hair but because of his texture in order for it to stay it must be cut. I wear a side part in my hair near every damn day...

Photo from Bossip.com

Tayjha Deleveaux was suspended from CR Walker Senior High School in the Bahamas for wearing her natural hair.

BBC reports: 

Tayjha was allegedly threatened with suspension by her school principal, T. Nicola Mckay. Local media reports say her appearance was deemed "untidy" her hair seen as "unruly" and against school rules. In one report, the principal said she was trying to clamp down on students wearing  their hair in a way that "looks like it would not have been combed for days"

Since the incident the country's ministry of education has stated "we are fully cognizant of the sensitivity of the matter and are confident that after review with the school administrator, the school board and the individuals involved, the matter will be amicably resolved.

*dramatic pause number 2* 

Unruly and not combed for days? Why do you care? Why is it your business? How is your opinion of what you THINK her natural hair looks like valid in any way?

Because lets be honest...you THINK that her hair is unkept..when in all actuality she probably took hella time to get those edges laid and that puff just right.

The worst part about this is this is the same bullshit that gives natural hair a bad name across all aspects of life. Work, school, relationships...

Its ok though because this beautiful little girl got everyone anti-natural hair all the way together in true Black Girl Magic style when she started the hashtag #supportthepuff.

And yet its still bitter sweet because she even needed to make a hashtag, that we need to be a hashtag.

This is the exact reason we have #blackgirlmagic and #blacklives matter, to remind us that we are worthy when others are constantly take every chance they get to tell us even in the smallest ways that we are not.

Until Next Time,
XO Deanna

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