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proudlyliberal23
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02:02 PM on 06/26/2013
braids are a part of african american culture. I had braids as a kid, then grew my hair into a high top fade that Alan West would be proud of. Went back to braids for awhile in collge.

Even aiming this at boys is offensive.

How can you tell me I cannot have braids but the white boys can have pony tails? I do not see either at the corporate boardroom. What about those shaggy hair skateboarders or surfers. thats white culture I got a kid on my street who you can barely see his eyes. Smart as heck, good kid but his hair is a mess but its that skateboard culture.... I did not see that in the policy.

Racism has to suck. It just makes you a hypocrite.
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VA Jill
I'm not perfect and neither are you
01:58 PM on 06/26/2013
OK, so they claim it's now not "racist" because it was "aimed at the young men"? It's now not only racist, but sexist as well.
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David W Copeland
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03:26 PM on 06/26/2013
Exactly!
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alieninthecaribbean
Trini to the bone. Global heart and soul
04:08 PM on 06/26/2013
Add religious bigotry for any Rastafarian male children.
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TLKelly
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01:52 PM on 06/26/2013
If the rule was intended for young men that it should have explicitly said so.

Further, What would a white boy at that school do with his long hair? Put it in a pony tail right? Ok so what should a you black boy with long hair do with his hair? Put it in a pony tail, which results in an Afro-puff.

Regardless of who it was intended for, it is discriminatory, and it is highly offensive that white folks think they can still regulate our naturally occurring hair. An afro-puff can be neat and well groomed. I wear an Afro everyday and I am a working professional.

I wish someone would say something to me about my hair....it will be as groomed as I want it to be.
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japhya1
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01:00 PM on 06/26/2013
Why didn't they just ban black children? We all know that, that's what they really wanted to do say
02:29 PM on 06/26/2013
That's an AMEN allday!
12:42 PM on 06/26/2013
Forget their apology, they knew what they referred to!
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Stephen Stafford
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12:38 PM on 06/26/2013
Just when I felt I had divested myself of the few sexist perogatives I had, here comes this hair mess. Let me get ahold of the principle here, and then address board member brotherman.

Men and women have the same rules applied equally to both genders. Check. Boys and girls both have hair. Check. One sex cannot be barred from doing what the other sex is allowed to do. Oops.

Because a style does not suit your tastes does not mean that it ought be banned for everyone. Because a style does not fit your gender ideal does not mean those of that gender must be barred from wearing it.

Plus, business like and college prep do not mean mimicking the dress and stylings of staid, wealthy white people. There is plenty of unprofessional behavior conducted in a crew cut, blazer and khaki pants. There is no virtue in that.
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treehugger5
don't blame the hoodie
07:02 PM on 06/26/2013
When I was in high school, preppy was the thing. I worked forty+ hours a week to keep up with the styles. I didn't know these kids had parents that could easily afford Ralph Lauren and Bass penny loafers. I also didn't know that the other kids were getting the clothes from friends shoplifting at the mall. Boy, was my face red!
12:36 PM on 06/26/2013
Did the school advise teachers/administrators that if they are blonde then it must be natural? Did they write that neckties on men can be used as dangerous weapons? Did that write that bras injure women – daily? Did they write that high heeled shoes cause injury to the feet, and are not acceptable?

They wrote that black people – boys – cannot wear twisted hair or afro puffs. In other words, cut your hair. They wrote that their students need to be ready for college and in order to be ready for college – you must be acceptable to a culture that doesn’t accept you.
And, why should anybody accept you – if you cannot accept and appreciate the uniqueness of yourself?

The lesson the school must teach is respect and honor for yourself and your own culture. Respect for the power of your brain. We must teach that it is OK to be who you are – rather than trying to conform and appear to be something you’re not.

The lesson for parents is this is a dangerous environment for African American children. We have created enough crazy in this country. It is time to create some positive and some enlightenment.

Here’s a Hint: Google

They all look like day-trippers and they rule the world’s information management. Get a clue – school. It’s not what is on the head. It is what is in the head!
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12:19 PM on 06/26/2013
The administration was attempting to ban this for young men, not for women. They also banned mowhawks, and any hair on young men that's past their shirt collars, or hair on young men that covers their faces.
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Stephen Stafford
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12:41 PM on 06/26/2013
All of that is sexist, as well as other things. One cannot mandate one thing for boys, and another for girls.
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02:32 PM on 06/26/2013
It may very well be sexist...that's not my argument. I'm just pointing out what the school policy is, and that the intent was only to ban those hair-do's for young men.

As a man who has dreadlocks that extend to my beltline, I'm certainly not in favor of requirements that my hair only be a particular length. lol
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japhya1
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01:01 PM on 06/26/2013
Ahem, how many black boys have you encountered with afro puffs? Nice try!!!
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01:27 PM on 06/26/2013
None that I can think of, but that doesn't mean NO young black boys do it...I certainly never did.

But c'mon...do you really think this administration was intentionally trying to ban black girls from certain hair-do's? Because...well, what? They hate black hair?
12:16 PM on 06/26/2013
really....so you want the boys to come to school with platts all over their or low cut. That was no oversight. Perhaps they jus should have said well-groomed hair (DING!) AFRO-puffs really don't sound racist at all...paula deen
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mschocbarbie55
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12:02 PM on 06/26/2013
During slavery times, many slave owners tried to prevent African tribal loyalties, making women abandon their cultural hairstyles. After slavery was abolished, Caucasians still looked on black women who wore their hair in styles that approximated the white culture as more well-adjusted. This led to the belief that straight hair was good hair, and tightly curled hair was bad -- a perception that still exists to the some extent today. "Good" hair became a defining status symbol for entry into certain social organizations, churches, schools and business networks.

The ban by the Ohio School is ridiculous. This have happened over and over on many issues concerning Blacks. The School 'we are sorry' and will attempt to rectify the incident after the fact rings 'hollow. and only reason for the change is that the Community stood up against this ridiculously. They were caught off guard by the Black Community rallying together . If the school want to maintain a certain type of college prep culture here, and we just want the young men to be well-groomed.” Let young African Male learnwithout concern of a non-issue
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STOPHATEN
03:22 PM on 06/26/2013
College Prep!!! we are talking about babies K-7th. Let these children be themselves. They already are one of the minority there 26%. They are just starting school, which is hard enough.
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Audrey Ferragamo
live and let live
11:57 AM on 06/26/2013
Schools? More like PC Prisons.
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thomasdaddy1
Facts aren't optional!!
11:30 AM on 06/26/2013
WOW!!! The amount of people who are commenting and have not read the article is sickening! Ignorance is not cute people! READ THE ARTICLE before you comment! unreal!
11:51 AM on 06/26/2013
Yes. It just shows you how ignorant narrow minded people like to play the race card every chance they get. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE PEOPLE.
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Try the truth
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12:57 PM on 06/26/2013
I read the entire article! "race card"? They dealt it! How many NON African American males wear braids?!

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01:11 PM on 06/26/2013
Please do so. Also, check some facts on what is actually implied in the "oversight."
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iuriggs6
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11:59 AM on 06/26/2013
Exactly my thoughts.
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urbancitygirl
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11:19 AM on 06/26/2013
The Dean should be made to stand in the corner with a cap that says "racist" on it. The oversight was thinking she wouldn't get caught. Because "of course" well-groomed is not synonymous with afro-puffs.
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iuriggs6
Sure thing. Shoot, Timmy.
12:00 PM on 06/26/2013
Do you not realize the policy was aimed at the young men of this school?
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urbancitygirl
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12:28 PM on 06/26/2013
I DON'T CARE!  In my community girls AND BOYS where afro puffs.  What's your point?  Is it OK to run down black boys attire?!  Oh wait, it's America.  Of course it is.
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Fking
Seize the time
01:19 PM on 06/26/2013
I would like to know just how many young black males that attend that school wear afro puffs.? Twisted locks perhaps some , but that is not an un kept and un groomed hair style. How does the administration feel about spiked hair with hair gel, or young males with straight hair wearing ponytails. What if non black students decided to grow dreadlocks. are these styles considered not groomed.
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Mama Bee
11:15 AM on 06/26/2013
Gee, last night there was a girl (caucasian) on Wheel of Fortune whose hair looked like it had not seen a comb nor a brush in quite some time -- nor a good washing. Her hair should have been banned. Just saying
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mschocbarbie55
Truth Be Told
11:22 AM on 06/26/2013
agreed/
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Mushman Peets
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01:32 PM on 06/27/2013
Why does most white folks try to deny just about everything nasty and negative that they intentionally do to black people on the whole? They seem to think that most black people are stupid, or they just can't figure it out for themselves.
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alexunlv
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11:08 AM on 06/26/2013
Intentional conduct is hardly considered a "mistake."

What she means is there was an error in judgment.