I am so tired of schools trying to regulate the hair of little black girls. The latest expulsion case is of Vanessa Vandyke who attends Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Fl.
Apparently, in addition to a standard dress code policy, this school also has a policy on proper hair styling. The school administrator had this to say ““I am going to strongly encourage you to consider the school’s request and at least shape or have her hair cut. That I believe would resolve the issue.””
The issue of Vanessa’s hair came up when she reported to school officials that she had been experiencing bulling due to her hair. The school’s response was to in turn expel Vanessa rather than correct the students who were bullying her.
Again another school system fails to focus on what is truly important, that is educating today’s youth rather than showing them first hand the post racial injustice facing all people of color.
Vanessa Vandyke like many African American women today wears her hair the way it grows out of her head and she or no other black girl should have to tame her hair for the sake of making others around her more comfortable. Gone are the days where African Americans bowed and curtseyed to massa’. I applaud Vanessa’s mother for not bowing under the pressure of an unjust school administration.