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L'Myah Sharae, who founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equality in Education, said: "Can you imagine being a child and being told that your hair was not suitable for an educational environment, it's just not acceptable.
"People feel they have to conform to mirror eurocentric hairstyles in order to progress in the workplace or within education and that is completely and utterly problematic."
The organisers behind the letter hope that guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission would take education one step further, making afro-textured hair a protected characteristic, so that reports of racial discrimination cases are taken seriously.
The letter reads: "The repeated failure to understand the issues affecting afro hair is a typical occurrence when dealing with a variety of institutions.
"The guidance will encourage educational and workplace establishments to rethink their concepts of 'professionalism' and work towards adopting more inclusive policies, which encourage and celebrate racial diversity."
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: gortex
FFS. Kids especially are curious and, like it or not, there are significant textural differences between African hair and European hair. They want to satisfy that curiosity, but I can recall treating a white girl with very kinky naturally curly hair to the same treatment because her hair, while blonde and silky like most Europeans was also of a very different texture. We were curious. That was it.
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originally posted by: Nyiah
a reply to: gortex
I was a blonde 9/10 year old white kid in South Korea. My hair got petted/touched and ogled A LOT because of it's color.
That wasn't racist, it was pure curiosity over something different from you. Thought that's the kind of thing these idiot activists wanted, "diversity"? Gotta answer some questions about differences once in a while if you want that, yanno.
In 2019, five-year-old Josiah Sharpe was banned from the playground at breaktimes and eventually sent home from school due to his “extreme” haircut (a basic fade). He was eventually allowed return when his hair grew back to what the school deemed an appropriate length. In 2018 Chikayzea Flanders – a pupil at Fulham Boys school – was told he had to cut off his dreadlocks or leave the school. The school only backed down after his mother launched a campaign supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Most recently, Ruby Williams came out of a three-year legal battle with her school in Hackney, where she had been repeatedly sent home because her natural afro hair was deemed to be against uniform policy.
One Chicago mom is fighting back after her 4-year-old son's school told her that his braids were a dress code violation. When Ida Nelson's preschooler, Gus Hawkins IV, affectionately known as Jett, asked her to put his hair in braids earlier this month, she happily obliged.