Kentucky High School’s Racist Hair Policy That Bans ‘Dreadlocks, Cornrolls, and Twists’ Sparks Controversy 

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A Kentucky high school has banned natural Black hairstyles and one parent is leading a call to action to have the dress code reviewed. State House candidate Attica Scott revealed Butler Traditional High School’s hair policy in a tweet posted Wednesday evening. Her daughter had just arrived home from registration and was unhappy with the regulations.

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Soooo...my daughter had registration today and let's just say she's not happy abt the no natural hair policy.

 

 

The dress code has several policies that particularly call attention to African-American hair. Some also pertain to boys’ afros.

Hair must be clean and neat with a tapered side/back and at a reasonable length.

• Hair styles that are extreme, distracting or attention-getting will not be permitted. This includes unnatural hair colors or obvious intentions to draw attention to oneself.

• Males may not dye, tint or highlight their hair.

Reasonable length for males means hair no longer than the top of the shirt collar, above the eyebrows and afros no more than 2 inches in length. 

• There must be no designs, names or lines cut into the hair and no tails or buns on males.

• No dreadlocks, cornrolls [sic], twists, mohawks, no jewelry will be worn in the hair.

• One straight line is permissible to be cut into the hair for a part. No braids will be allowed on males.

• No facial hair (except mustaches or goatees) is allowed. Sideburns may not extend past bottom of ear lobe.

Scott and her daughter Ashanti – who will attend Butler as a sophomore in the fall – are especially concerned with the rule against dreads, twists and “cornrolls” – referring to the cornrow style of braiding.

“I felt disrespected because it said clean and neat hair and it made me feel like, maybe my hair isn’t clean,” Ashanti said at a press conference yesterday.

“The last thing that we need to be doing is saying, ‘you can’t be you, you can’t express your culture, you can’t express your heritage, ” Attica told reporters. “We want you to be like your white teachers and the white administration that we have at this school and your white classmates who have not had the same life experience as you.”

“It’s about policing our kids’ hair. I don’t want our kids’ hair to be policed. They’re already policed enough,” she added.

After Attica tweeted the rules Wednesday, many others have slammed the school’s policy.

@AshleeEats pointed out the offensive spelling error along with the entire policy.

Soooo...my daughter had registration today and let's just say she's not happy abt the no natural hair policy.pic.twitter.com/ApPDyv3sbo

@atticascott Don't know what offends me more: the policy or "cornrolls."

 
 

 

April said the code was an example of enduring racism.

For anyone who still doesn't recognize that racism is alive and well in 2016. Get your head out of the sand! https://twitter.com/atticascott/status/758434510887346177 

 

 

Janielle Samuel surmised the school simply did not want Black students to attend.

 

Attica also won support from community leaders.

John Marshall, Jefferson County Public Schools’ chief equity officer tweeted photos of his daughters sporting natural hair styles.

 

Kentucky’s American Civil Liberties Union also backed the State Representative elect.

Singling out culturally specific hairstyles may send a signal to students of color that their very being is a distraction in the classroom

 

 

“I don’t understand why we’re going to focus on something like natural hair styles when we should be focused on education,” Attica told the Courier-Journal. “They specifically outlined hairstyles that are worn most by Black kids. To me, this stinks of institutional racism.”

Butler High’s decision-making council, which is in charge of the dress code policy among other things, is set to hold a special meeting today as a result.

“It’s a policy that’s been in place, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said in a statement Thursday. “It’s not a new policy, and we appreciate that the concern has been brought to our attention because our board of education is adamant in its policies about being inclusive.”

“We will provide guidance to our schools to ensure their policies are not obtrusive, do not conflict with board policy and most importantly do not infringe on the many cultures embraced across our school district,” Hargens added mentioning all system schools were “encouraged” to review their dress codes.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

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UPDATE: Butler High School temporarily suspends controversial dress policy

 

Posted: Jul 28, 2016 10:30 AM EDTUpdated: Jul 29, 2016 1:50 PM EDT
Former Metro Council member Attica ScottFormer Metro Council member Attica Scott

UPDATE: Butler High School has temporarily suspended a controversial dress code policy that banned hairstyles often worn by African Americans, such as corn rows, twists, dreadlocks, afros longer than two inches and braids on young men. The decision came down a meeting of the site-based council at Butler High School Friday afternoon.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The site-based council at Butler High School will hold a special meeting on Friday to discuss the school's dress code following criticism over its hair policy from an incoming state lawmaker.

Attica Scott, who previously served on Metro Council, won the Democratic primary in May for state representative in Louisville's 41st District and is running unopposed, is furious over the dress code policy her daughter, Ashanti Scott, an incoming sophomore at Butler Traditional High School, received.

"What you do with your hair to me, has nothing to do with you ability to learn as a student," Attica Scott said.  

Her daughter also spoke during a press conference Thursday afternoon. 

"I felt disrespected, because it said clean and neat hair, and it made me feel like, maybe my hair isn't clean," Ashanti Scott said.

The policy bans hairstyles often worn by African Americans like corn rows, twists, dreadlocks, afros longer than two inches and braids on young men.

Mohawks and unnatural colors are also prohibited. It is a policy made by the Butler's site based decision making council.

JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens says the district will review it.

"It's a policy that's been in place. It's not a new policy, and we appreciate that the concern has been brought to our attention, because our board of education is adamant in its policies about being inclusive," Hargens said.

Hargens says the policy may be corrected or revised.

"The last thing that we need to be doing is saying, 'you can't be you, you can't express your culture, you can't express your heritage,'" Attica Scott said. "We want you to be like your white teachers and the white administration that we have at this school and your white classmates who have not had the same life experience as you."

Traditional schools often have tighter dress codes, but Attica Scott says that does not give room for discrimination.

"Why would my response be to tuck tail and run? Why would my response be to leave other parents and other kids to leave this, quite frankly, racist policy? I'm not going to do it, and no other person should have to do it," Attica Scott said.

"It's about policing our kids' hair. I don't want our kids' hair to be policed. They're already policed enough," Attica Scott said.

The district says it is reaching out to all school SBDM councils to have them all review their own dress code policies.

The policy at Butler states: 

"Hair styles that are extreme, distracting, or attention-getting will not be permitted. No dreadlocks, cornrolls [sic], twists, mohawks, and no jewelry will be worn in hair."

In the image posted by Scott, the words, "No dreadlocks, cornrolls [sic], twists..." had been highlighted.

Scott added a caption that said, "Soooo...my daughter had registration today and let's just say she's not happy abt the #JCPS no natural hair policy."

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Soooo...my daughter had registration today and let's just say she's not happy abt the no natural hair policy.

 

 

Scott's Twitter post generated a flurry of feedback. One person tweeted: "What is going on with JCPS? Do y'all have any black folks contributing to these policies? @JCPSSuper @JCPSKY"

Late Wednesday, JCPS responded to Scott's tweet:

@atticascott Hi, Ms. Scott. Not a JCPS policy. It's a policy of@BTHS_Bears - approved by its SBDM Council. There is a process for review.

 

Scott argued that the policy is discriminatory:

While every school is different, it is the business of admin to know how Black kids are being policed. I will be calling tomorrow.

 

Hargens responded to the controversy on Thursday morning, saying that "JCPS prides itself on equity with excellence and strives daily to be the best urban school district in America."

"That’s why we appreciate and welcome input from our stakeholders on all issues impacting the district," she said. "And, when necessary, we will provide guidance to our schools to ensure their policies are not obtrusive, do not conflict with board policy and most importantly do not infringe on the many cultures embraced across our school district."

Hargens added that she appreciates that Butler High principal William Allen is calling a special meeting of the site-based council to have this conversation.

"Additionally, we are reaching out to all school SBDM councils, encouraging them to review their own dress code policies currently in place," Hargens said.

The meeting Friday will take place at 1:30 p.m. in room 333 at Western High School, 2501 Rockford Lane due to renovations being done at Butler.

Copyright 2016 by WDRB News. All rights reserved.

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 This brings me back to the question I had years ago about why African little girls' hair was cut short emulating a boy's.  I knew that African girls hair grew like African American girls hair grow.  So after researching this phenomena for a few years, I finally found out why.  Men in the village feel like African women and girls take too much time "fussing "[their word not mine] over their hair.  Now this is not in ALL African countries but a substantial amount.  That;s why you see little African girls heads almost shaved to the head.  It is social punishment and because men don't value girls in many African countries-this becomes an untouched stigma...no one talks about.  It probably happened during slavery at the same time FGM became apart of the culture.  See?  Man black or white do not want any evidence of Matriarchal rule.  They have done everything they could to eradicate the mention of women being in charge.  So they figure if girls were banned from wearing their natural hair then it would just as easy for them to transition into wearing head rags as young women-covering up the glory the universe provided for them.  So my point?  This is an old slave tactic.  They say to not bring attention but it is definitely to control behavior.  Cuz when you take pride from a child...it darkens their ability to be unique and brilliant.  So this is just an old colonial excuse...to keep blacks mentally in captivity.  But!

Initially, the majority of head shaving came out of African cultures going back to Kemet, that viewed hair as 'unclean'.  

In some environments, hair was probably a nuisance that merely gave parasites somewhere to live, therefore was shaven or kept short.

Also, with the invasion into Africa of "Islam", many Africans were bound by [or came to be influenced by] Islamic religious and cultural ignorance that views the hair as "sexual".  

Still, other African cultures view a shaved head on a woman as feminine, rather than the Western opposite view of women's hair.  

But, for a school to require girls to have their heads shaved merely because they feel that the girls are "fussing" too much over their hair is ridiculous, as ridiculous as viewing the hair on a person's head as "sexual".  I mean, they shouldn't be punished for being girls.

There are so many people in the world who are just evil, sadistic, psychos, and unfortunately, there are also too many people in the the world that allow these people to 'be in charge', to rule, to make the rules, to decide the culture .  .  . and sadly, women and girls, children usually wind up bearing the brunt of their ignorance and/or their their pathology.  

 

 

 

Sista Sunnubian wrote:  

Initially, the majority of head shaving came out of African cultures going back to Kemet, that viewed hair as 'unclean'.  

In some environments, hair was probably a nuisance that merely gave parasites somewhere to live, therefore was shaven or kept short.

  I disagree my sista.  Going back to Kemet...the African hair was adorn by dancers, rulers, gods, goddess, culture alike.  For example:

 

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Even the goddess Nut hair was adorn as stars to the universe.

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In fact, the legacy of African braids, twists, locks and such derived from Ancient Egyptians.  It was deemed their "power."  Seen in many statues of both male and female Kings and Queens

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Additionally, the Djet or the headdress  on the Pharoah's head [King Tut]  represents that "hair" which was viewed [during that time] as the antennas of knowledge that communicate with the universe.  As why you see Egyptians very "creative" with hairstyles that are copied today by many Africans and African Americans.

 

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Some Egyptians SHAVED their heads and WORE wigs as a result of the hot weather not because hair was deemed "unclean."  Europeans and Asians hair was deemed "unclean" because they did not BELIEVE in hygiene, or taking baths.  And Africans only experience "lice" and parasites when they became SLAVES and had left their combing tools in Africa.  While on European ships headed toward the new world, it is then that Africans were consumed with sores as a result of unkempt and unclean hair...so the Arabs and Europeans forced them to wear turbans or scarves  to (1) hide their tangled smelly hair and (2) keep the flies from circling the head while the slaves stood on auction blocks.   In various world history books, it is noted how Africans especially women were PROUD of their locks and used it as a ceremonial social event with women gathering to assist each other while grooming the hair.  

Additionally, in the bible where this story was STOLEN from Africa, Samson's hair was considered his strength and the cutting of his hair would make him weak.  Hence, the same idea with the cutting of African girls hair [and coochies] in some African countries which was created to take away their glory and power.  In other places in Africa, the ancient Egyptian tradition of grooming the hair remained.  As why there are many beautiful African cornroll/braids/twists/locks today. 

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My point is that African hair has ALWAYS been envied and copied by foreigners and restricted to the creators.  During slavery because Africans were mainly domestic slaves and not sex slaves, the humiliation of treating them like chattel and subhuman was the way to keep them in control.  A thousand years of this influenced African cultures...the men to do the same so that they will have CONTROL over women.  Islam...never viewed women as human and didn't want them to have any sexual power over men.  During those days, men were participating in MSM.  And with the onset of the plague that wiped out half the population in Europe and many in Asia...they had to create something will keep men in control and population going...hence the three main religions.  So the hair thang among Africans are HUGE and since the real custom has been lost as a result of slavery, it is easy to see how misinformation can surface about African hair.  And I can only sense that a shaved head on a woman to a man may be his fantasy about being with a "man."  Women have been USED sexually for so many sick fetishes...I wouldn't be surprised if this was one of them.  But! 

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Yeah, but a lot of those were wigs made from their hair after shaving it all all.  

And, of course I'm not saying that ALL Africans or even EVERYONE in Kemet, shaved their heads, but, there were African cultures, some in Kemet, being one that viewed hair as being essentially unclean. 

But, I'm sure that view also came primarily out of African cultures that live [or at a time when they lived] in very close proximity to nature.  

But, many African cultures and beliefs are those that derived out of the philosophies, beliefs and traditions of  Kemet/Nubia, [at least before Islamic, "Christian", Western conquests/influence] which were merely passed down through generations, generations that, through migration [and fleeing invaders] have wound up far, far away from Kemet, settling in other parts of Africa, some as far away as South Africa.

I'm merely giving examples of [some] African views about hair that are/were opposite that of Western, [and Islamic] views about hair.

 

 

 

 

Sista Sunnubian wrote:  

Yeah, but a lot of those were wigs made from their hair after shaving it all all.

True.  The wigs were made from their hair.  I'm not disputing that.  

 And, of course I'm not saying that ALL Africans or even EVERYONE in Kemet, shaved their heads, but, there were African cultures, some in Kemet, being one that viewed hair as being essentially unclean. 

I have never  heard such a thing.  Egyptians were very clean and precise people.  They were the ones to invent soap, perfumes...other essentials for personal hygiene.  During my research, I have NEVER heard a thang about Egyptian's hair being deemed unclean.  I have however heard of Europeans, Asians, Jews, Arabs' hair not only being unclean, but filthy, oily and smelly.  And because some of the latter excluding the Europeans were deemed desert nomadic people it is easy to understand that they did not have accessibility to water all the time,  And Europeans whose pagan belief forbids them to wash was a widely known fact that they did not believe in washing their bodies or hair.

Now I do understand that Egyptians lived in the desert too and probably experience seasonal pests like sand fleas, flies. ticks and dealt with it like we do with seasonal pests like fleas, flies and in some schools with children head lice, but we are talking about an advanced civilization with genius scientists who created natural essentials for the skin like cosmetics, scents, soaps, sugaring, natural exponents, oils...surely if they were capable of doing that and more? They would have had the ability to create something for the hair...especially when it was so hot.  Now Egyptian priests did shave hair from their entire body-but that was done for spiritual reasons..cuz although some white anthropologists have said this ritual was because of body lice....lice itself derived from Europe, Australia and North America.  So saying that the Egyptians shaved their heads because of lice?  I'm having trouble believing it and if so...they got it with from the direct contact with Europeans i.e. Romans.  Cuz Egyptians-the whole culture?  Was CLEAN people.  Having said that, I'm not debating whether the Egyptians shaved their heads or not...I'm debating they did it because their  hair was deemed unclean and as a result they shaved their heads.  That's what I'm debating.  This whole thing reminds me too much of massa's myth about African slaves.  Who were infested with headlice from those nasty ass pirates and slavers.    

And I really would like to know what tribe or culture in Egypt or Sudan, Nubia whose hair was deemed  unclean.  Plus Egyptians spent many years building lavish bath houses and irrigation systems to ensure the ongoing site of water.  And their hair is different from that of Asians, Arabs and Europeans.  I have a book called 500 Years Without a Comb and no where in that book does it mention that Egyptians/Nubians/Kemetiens including Africans from slave coasts kept their hair unclean.  Even in death, Egyptians were particular about their organs and body cavity...so much so that they created vessels for each organ and a specialized tomb to encase the body.  So to me?  And I'm only speaking for myself.  This is absurd to say the least.  And I would love to see any documentation on this fact to indicate that Egyptians [with no outside contact] in the highest and lowest point of their existence kept unclean hair.  This is something I'm having a hard time believing.  However if there's sound evidence to say it...then I would have to consider it.  Thus far?  It sound like a massa myth. Cuz Egyptians were PROUD people....and unclean hair?  That would've been a no-brainer to eradicate.  But!

I'm not saying that people's hair in Kemet or any other African culture was unclean, I'm saying that some cultural practices of shaving the hair was because it was viewed as unclean, [i.e., could possibly attract parasites, etc.].

I can't specify a particular tribe or date or tradition or ritual, but it is something I've read in the past, and if I'm able to locate or run across that information again, I'll post it.  

 

 

Why do people with wool of the lamb have to listen to people with hair of the dog? What the fuck do they know about our hair other than what ever kind the ones they like to pluck have??? Every black girl in the school should have Angela Davis month. Never mind on that, the school will probably meet you all at the door with the KKKops. Pretty soon Whites are going to be telling Blacks when to go to these 50 sexes bathrooms and how long to take each time.

When do we tell these folks enough is enough? They tell us EVERY move we're supposed to take according to them. They'd better watch Donald Trump and try to figure out how long he transforms from his crazy self right straight into Adolph Hitler. They need to take care of their INSANE, and forget killing innocents just because of their melanin. God's going to kick them straight into their flat ass backbones. Unfortunately, we're going to feel the effects too, because of being on the same territory with them.

Out of the entire so-called "White" Race, if there are two sane ones among them, they SHOULD consider themselves LUCKY!!! Their affliction's starting to show in allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll their faces.

 

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  They don't KNOW a damn thang.  It;s about CONTROL.  They don't want black folks having PRIDE in their hair.  This is just another slave tactic hidden behind the words: school policy.  But!

EXACTLY!!

Racists Whites want to be able to control Black people, Black thought, Black beliefs, and Black knowledge.  

They want to be able to TELL Black people what they can and cannot do, just as if Black people were still enslaved and being held hostage on slave plantations in America.

They keep trying to find subtle and/or covert ways to do this; that is why Black people must stay on constant guard against their racist attempts to control Black people, Black people's lives, Black people's beliefs, even down to they way Black people choose to wear their hair.  

 

WE ARE AT WAR, BLACK PEOPLE!  YOU WERE LIED TO WHEN YOU WERE TOLD OTHERWISE!

 

THE  RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE NEVER ENDED IN THIS COUNTRY; IT IS ONGOING!

 

THE WAR ON THE BLACK RACE NEVER ENDED GLOBALLY!

 

 

 

 

 


Furious Parents, Students Force Kentucky High School to Lift Ban on Natural Black Hairstyles

August 2, 2016 | Posted by Ricky Riley
Tagged With: Attica Scott, Attica Scott daughter, Butler Traditional High, kentucky high school, natural hair ban, racist hair policy


A high school in Louisville, Kentucky has suspended rules banning natural hairstyles in its dress code policies, as of last week.

Atlanta Black Star reported that Kentucky State House candidate Attica Scott was fuming after learning of the dress code policy at Butler Traditional High School.

Scott’s daughter, Ashanti, was registering for school last week and discovered the policy retaining to both male and female hairstyles.
On July 29, Jefferson County Public Schools removed the policy after parents voiced their concerns over racism and cultural suppression, reported WLKY News Louisville.

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Who's idea was it for Blacks and Whites to live in disharmony forever and ever? Dig that motherfucker up and shred his bones to dust. It's his fault we're all in this hatred fiasco. We've got nowhere to go for help, these creeps know this and are beating  and killing our asses morning, noon and night,. forever and a day.

What we gonna do about it? Who gives two shits about our plight? We're cursed alright!! The curse happened as soon as the white and black first laid eyes upon each other for the FIRST TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They've been killing and slaughtering in all ways possible; we're saying:  "Yessa, Massa, Yessa Massa!!! Aim your weapon back towards them, you're going to be a pile of spaghetti one way or the other.

We're all in one hell of a fix and always have been. Some mother's son is killing another mother's son or daughter every second of every day. What knowledgeable folks aren't telling us is that every human being on earth is affected by the ZIKA virus; all heads aren't shrunken/misshaped is all. I don't believe there's a sane anything anywhere.

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