US school faces backlash after black student’s ‘unnatural hair’ criticised

Faith Fennidy Image copyright Steven Fennidy/facebook Image caption Faith Fennidy, aged ELEVEN, sobs as she is informed to depart magnificence because of her braided hair style

A video of a schoolgirl leaving class as a result of her braids violated college laws has generated a discussion on discrimination and the dearth of working out about black other people’s hair.

Eleven-year-vintage Religion Fennidy is proven in footage posted on Fb wiping away tears as she packs up her assets on the Christ the King Parish School in Terrytown, Louisiana.

Religion’s mother Montrelle is heard asking a teacher to give an explanation for why her daughter’s braids, which can be tied in a ponytail, contravene school coverage. “what’s wrong with her hair? Her hair is ok,” she says.

The non-public faculty says students cannot have extensions or hairpieces, which might be often used to create long braided hairstyles.

In an announcement to the BBC, the Archdiocese of latest Orleans stated the varsity’s coverage allowed only “herbal hair”.

Symbol copyright Getty Photographs Symbol caption Rapper T.I published the photos to his Instagram web page condemning the college’s policy as “deplorable”

The footage has additionally received traction on Instagram after rapper T.I posted his condemnation of the varsity, and offered his lend a hand to the circle of relatives.

“This young woman is beautiful and her hair is perfectly effective. Until in fact you could have a subject with black other people’s hair?”

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many of us responding to the posts were outraged through the college policy. Others had been willing to indicate out the the advantages of braiding black hair.

“Braids is a protective taste. I’m natural but at all times put on braids for comfort,” published one Facebook user.

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Twitter post by @dontkickthekat: You can view it as culture, but our hair grows out of our head in a curly/kinky manner. Braids, twists, high puffs, etc is how we manage our hair. We shouldn't have to ruin our natural curl pattern or burn our scalps with chemicals because they're afraid of our hair. Image Copyright @dontkickthekat @dontkickthekat


Even As every other commented: “It Is sad that they are more worried about a coiffure than a kid getting educated.”

a couple of of the feedback defended the varsity’s policy. One publish learn: “To be honest wearing extensions even as still in a uniform is far too grown-up. i wouldn’t need my daughter having a look no older than she is.”

Remaining week a private Christian college in Florida faced similar complaint after it complained that a six-yr-old boy’s dreadlocks violated its rule on lengthy hair.

Clinton Stanley posted to Fb: “My son simply got instructed he can’t attend school together with his hair.”

“Can I braid it up?” he’s heard asking within the video.

“i don’t suppose so, it is in our manual – it has to be above the ears,” is the reply.

Mr Stanley says: “that is very disrespectful and biased.”

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