There’s this sub-genre of racism that says rules that apply to everyone are racist if they have a disproportionate effect on black people. If black people commit more crimes, the criminal justice system is racist. If black people can’t be bothered to get a photo ID, voter ID laws are racist. In Kentucky a high school’s dress code, which applies to all students, is being called racist by a black mom because her daughter’s hair doesn’t comply.
WDRB reports that the dress code of Butler High School in Louisville, KY is coming under fire for being extremely racist. And by under fire I mean one angry black mom has a problem with it. Attica Scott is a democratic candidate running unopposed for a state legislature seat. She also has a daughter, Ashanti, who attends Butler and was told her hair doesn’t comply with the dress code.
Here’s how the news reports the school’s dress code:
The policy bans hairstyles often worn by African Americans like corn rows, twists, dreadlocks, afros longer than two inches and braids on young men.
But the reality is, it bans all kinds of hairstyles worn by people other than blacks as well, including mohawks and unnaturally colored hair. Somehow this is racist against blacks but not against punks, Goths, and scene kids who are generally white. In addition the code bans full beards, which unfairly targets the Amish, hipsters, and dudes in Viking metal bands.
Apparently Ashanti’s hair falls into one of the categories that the school bans and her mother is pissed.
“What you do with your hair to me, has nothing to do with you ability to learn as a student,” said Attica Scott.
But wait, this thing is about to go off the rails:
“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,’ 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,” continued Scott.
“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. It’s about policing our kids’ hair. I don’t want our kids’ hair to be policed. They’re already policed enough,” finished Scott angrily.
Yup. You read that correctly. This dress code, which applies to everyone, is racist because it is trying to force black students into looking like their white masters.
The good news is, when an angry black mom complains about racism, not matter how ridiculous, white people get scared and capitulate. In an emergency meeting on Friday, the school board temporarily suspended the dress code to accommodate Scott’s daughter’s hair.
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.
With that wording, it kind of seems like the school board suspended the parts of the dress code that may affect black students, but not the parts that apply to white students. That seems fair.