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by Maria Lloyd
As an alum of an HBCU, I am embarrassed by the decision made to ban male students from wearing dreadlocks and cornrows at Hampton University’s School of Business. The school’s dean, Sid Credle, argues that the ban has been effective in helping students land corporate jobs and that they should look the part when searching for employment.
College should be a source of innovation and independent thinking. When colleges, especially historically black colleges, encourage our youth to “look the part” we’re stepping into dangerous territory. We’re telling our youth to not think independently, to not consider creating their own source of income. In other words, we’re encouraging them to conform.