The beauty and versatility of natural hair is something that should be celebrated -- not dismissed. However, Butler Traditional High School in Louisville has decided "dreadlocks," "braids," "twists, and "cornrolls" (which we're assuming they mean cornrows) are "extreme," "distracting" and ultimately not allowed to be worn by any of its students.
If you're shocked, you're not alone. Kentucky state representative elect Attica Scott took to Twitter on Wednesday to express her dismay over the school's racially insensitive stance after her daughther brought home Bulter High's registration info that included the dress code policy.
"I don't understand why we're going to focus on something like natural hair styles when we should be focused on education. They specifically outlined hairstyles that are worn most by black kids. To me, this stinks of institutional racism," Scott, who is the first black woman to serve in the Kentucky state legislature in 20 years and wears her hair in locs, told Courier-Journal.com.
In fact it reaks of racism. The hairstyles mentioned in the policy are deeply rooted in Black history and culture therefore they are traditional not extreme. Stunning not distracting.
Those sentiments were echoed by several Twitter users who commented on Scott's post, including:
Singling out culturally specific hairstyles may send a signal to students of color that their very being is a distraction in the classroom— ACLU of Kentucky (@ACLUofKY) July 28, 2016
@atticascott Don't know what offends me more: the policy or "cornrolls."— Ashlee 2 Last Names (@AshleeEats) July 28, 2016
This cannot be real, how u gonna tell somebody they can't wear their hair the way it grows out their head 🤔 https://t.co/PJljGrF2Ju— kayla (@k4yl44) July 28, 2016
For anyone who still doesn't recognize that racism is alive and well in 2016. Get your head out of the sand! https://t.co/aM9ASl5Vet— April (@KyWildViolet) July 28, 2016
Since coming under fire Butler High School has tweeted a statement saying that are open to hearing feedback and are holding a meeting to discuss the matter on Friday, since the dress code is ultimately created by a special decision-making council.
We value any feedback regarding our policies. Please contact school admin. if you have any questions/concerns. https://t.co/FlqPzq6LTP— Butler Trad. High (@BTHS_Bears) July 28, 2016
Let's hope the coucil quickly recongnizes how racially insensitive and tone deaf the policy truly is -- and hits delete.
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