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Why Did an Ohio School Ban Braids and Afro Puffs?

An Ohio school has banned Afro puffs and twisted braids for girls, according to the blog  Black Girl With Long Hair.

Horizon Science Academy reportedly sent a note home to parents advising them that Afro puffs and ‘small twisted braids’ were no afro puffslonger allowed to be worn by students.

The letter from school administrators, also posted online, notes the following: Afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with our without rubberbands, are NOT permitted.

The letter  from the school says that the dress code helps create a “successful” school environment, although it is unclear how allowing a young girl to wear her hair naturally would be disruptive to any school environment.

Black Girl With Long Hair observed the following:

It’s unclear what the administration means by small twisted braids, but if they are referring to box braids they are banning a protective style that black girls have worn for generations. Afro-puffs are essentially the black version of the ponytail (when pulled back our hair puffs out instead of laying down), and yet the rules do not have a ban on ponytails for students of other ethnicities.

The school has not released a justification for banning the hairstyles.

What do you think? Are Afro puffs and twists ‘radical’?

 

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    Black women love their hair as much as they love their men, their money or anything else. So, one of the worst things that anyone can do is to try to squash the freedom of expression that comes with allowing a woman to decide what hairstyle she’s going to end up “sportin” on any particular day.
    But a school in Ohio did just that. Horizon Science Academy caused an uproar on the Internet by sending home a letter effectively banning natural hairstyles, especially small braids and afro puffs.

    The fury from the decision by the school led to a huge backlash online, and the school sought to scramble and clean up the mess. After all, natural hair is black hair in it’s natural form. So, telling black girls that they can’t come to school with their hair in its natural form is another way of simply saying that you’re not good enough the way God made you. That’s a no-no.
    In the letter, the school showed that it respects the controversy and those who are concerned:
    “This information has offended many people and by no means did we have any intention towards any of our students,” the letter said.
    The author of the letter remains relatively anonymous, surely to keep the backlash from falling onto any one individual. But the letter goes on to vaguely indicate that the school is taking the matter seriously and that they are going to do something about it. But they don’t exactly mention what they are going to do. But the school did invite the public to submit questions about the dress code, and said that they would be releasing a full version of the updated dress code soon. Hopefully, they will remove the ban on afro puffs, since an afro puff never hurt anybody.
    You can read the letter by clicking the image below.
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    12 Responses to School Responds to Public Pressure After Banning Braids and Afro Puffs
    Kittenatl
    June 22, 2013 – 3:47 pm
    Another form of racism is what I see. They’re telling young ,thriving, black girls that they
    Can’t Be themselves in order to be accepted. That they have to look european in order to be accepted. This is suppose to be a learning institution. In order to educate, you have to be educated!
    The staff members need to learn how to communicate and interact with ppl that are different from them. That’s called real education and growth! If I had a daughter, Iwould’nt dare send her to that school!
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    Nadia Lockett
    June 23, 2013 – 2:29 pm
    My thoughts exactly. I sent an email to the school. I would still pull my child out of that school.
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    RestorationNow
    June 22, 2013 – 5:10 pm
    HSA administration needs to conduct ethics and culture diversity training to understand social responsibility. This is unacceptable for those in any position to teach and influence the development of human beings, let along young children.
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    obadyah
    June 22, 2013 – 6:17 pm
    While I find it disgusting that a school would promote such a racist policy, and that the policy does imply that the black woman’s hair/cultural styles are unacceptable all together. Let’s not pretend that this is not what our women already collectively believe. Let’s not pretend that Black women, these days, don’t risk their health, and even lives to have Caucasian features, including hair, bleached skin etc… The problem is not that the school made some racist rule that enforces what most of us believe anyway. The problem is that we still believe this black inferiority ********. If we didn’t believe it collectively, and had a culture that demanded respect of blackness, even from other black people, then people whouldn’t try this stuff on us, because they’d be scared to.
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    Imhotep
    June 22, 2013 – 9:23 pm
    *****************s and Zionists want to control the minds and hearts of our yung, erstwhile working to eradicate any semblance of our culture, our spirituality and our pride. As The immortal Dr. Carter G. Woodson obce said, ” if u can control a man’s thinking, u can control his actions. He will go to the back door, without being told, and if its not one there he will make one!” *****ids are so enthralled about moving into areas that have them being a super- minority that they neuter themselves!! Assimilate at all cost, follow ****** everywhere he lives cause his schools, homes and parks are better than ours. *****ids are sick!! Jalen Rose has a successful charter school in Detroit; Build and educate our own kids then u can make the rules!! Stop following ******!! Hotep
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    Graves
    July 22, 2013 – 1:34 pm
    Shut up, stupid. You’re basically saying that black women want to be white just because they bleach their skin and s**t; some just would prefer to be a little lighter. It’s a lot of work to maintain natural hair and some people just don’t want to deal with it. f**k “Caucasian features”.
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    ra Tavernier
    June 22, 2013 – 9:24 pm
    The letter is a prime example of “double speak”. It says nothing and I suspect they will do little to nothing. Unfortunately, the children who continue to wear the banned hairstyles may now be subject to ridicule.
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    Frankeze
    June 23, 2013 – 8:23 am
    Confused Horizon! Visionless Academy!!
    If i had a kid in that school, i will sure withdraw him from this visionless school.
    Is the Afro hair the problem of the school? I learnt that this school produce the poorest grades of students every year. Yet they’re doing nothing to improve it. Rather the focus on racism.
    Needless of finding who wrote it. The school head should be held responsible for authorizing such a disrespectful letter. Then will the actual writer manifest.
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    Jussayin
    June 23, 2013 – 4:40 pm
    I have 4 daughters ranging from high school to preschool and not one of them has their hair chemically straightened. There is no way in b****y h**l I would allow anyone to dictate to me what I do with their hair, especially if its neat and clean. Why don’t they worry about those little snots that come to school with lice (and y’all know not too many of US can catch that sh**). How the h**l else is a little black girl with natural hair supposed to style it? I’d be at that school with braids, Afros and Afro puffs blowing in the wind. I’m from Ohio and I’m ashamed. Smdh
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    linda
    June 24, 2013 – 9:53 pm
    most little black girls wear their hair natural. chemicals are dangerous on small children. that would be child abuse. these people are sick.
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    kate
    January 6, 2014 – 8:40 pm
    I find this horribly offensive, espespecially as a mother of a biracial daughter(mixed equal black and white, i am white) who has hair sooo kinky and unruly (but soooo beautiful, just takes tonnns of upkeep!!) that stylists even at her age are always suggestesting a relaxer or perm and shes only 6 , and i refuse to let chemicals touch her hair until she is 18 and wants to make that decision on her own. I constantly praise her beautiful curls and have her stand in front of the mirror to look at herself while saying how beautiful her skin and hair is to me, and im vigilant aboit this because her father and his family is not in her life and i need her to be proud of that part of her heritage but there are no actual bonafide examples of real life ppl to look at around her.she is raised by white people only until i find a suitable stepfather to introduce into her life and this bothers me only because i want her to experience *all* of her heritage in ways i will never be able to show her on my own.but her hair? heck no will i ever praise a “caucasian version” of that such as straightening/perming being a more “beautiful” or “easy” alternative than the hard work i do put into making her hair manageable either tthrough braids, 1 1/2 hour sessions of naturALconditioning and brushing to leave in its curly “afro” state without frizz and tangles that must be cut out, etc. It does take tons more work than my straight, caucasian hair. But my stepsister was just as white as me with the curliest kinky hair and had similar upkeep rituals. Do i do this bc im ashMed of being caucasian? some white and black racist individuals have accused me so, but no. Imo absolutely not. But she is already growing up in a completely caucasian environment where even black children these days are hardly reminded of their roots unless in a negative way, and so ANY SINGLE AFROAMERICAN ASPECT OF HER SELF THAT I CAN BRING OUT TO HER IN A POSITIVE LIGHT EVERY SINGLE DAY OF HER LIFE WILLL SIMPLY HELP BUILD HER SELF ESTEEM, AND CERTAINLY GUARD AGAINST WHAT IM SURE WILL COME LATER (AND NOT IN SOME FARAWAY DISTANT FUTURE,SHE IS ALREDY IN SCHOOL) POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT AGAINST THE NEGATIVE BARRAGE OF COMMENTS, HATRED, AND COMMENTARY COMING HER WAY ABOUT THOSE VERY SAME AFROAMERICAN FEATURES FROM BITH SOCIETY AS AN INSTITUTION AND PERSONAL PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS IN HER LIFE I.E PEERS IN SCHOOL. We should all ne guarding our chiodren w positive reinforcements on a daily basis, not always negativity towards “whites” or ‘racist society” (even tho it is), let our kids know how special they are, they will figure out racism on their own unfortunately

  3. When rules like these are passed, it shows the lack of involvement in the majority of the parents in the schools. I try to attend all of my kids’ school functions and parent conferences. But I do stand accused of not attending many PTA meetings or joining PTA. But I do know that “ideas” like this come across the board meetings before they are passed, which mean that we have to be more involved.

  4. Alright, let’s deal what is really going on in America these days. First, let’s agree that racism has been existing since the Bible days but for a different reason. Secondly, let’s agree that in America being BLACK can be an issue for some not all, you can never put “all” in the same box. Thirdly, let’s agree that “White” America as well as “Black” America never thought the leader of this nation would look like you and I people of the “dark” race. And finally, let’s call this what is it is, “Institutionalized Racism.” If any entity were to come right out and say something offensive or derogatory towards the Black Race, then it would be obvious racism, can we agree on that. Now, that we have a “brotha” if you will, in the “White House” and not out mowing the lawn of that house, White America has lost their minds with hatred and continual racism. They know they are slowly losing on every side of the coin therefore what better way to keep the Black Community in “its” place than to use as I said earlier, “Institutionalized Racism.” This exists in the policies, laws and procedures that are write to favor or not favor a certain group in society without crossing the lines of Civil Rights or Gender Rights or Sexual Orientation Rights, or Race, you see they are written so vague that it would be hard for the Black Community to actually say they are being a racist. For example, the AFRO PUFFs are forbidden in this school, however what it did not say is “who” or “what” race, it just say AFRO PUFFs, well we all know most Blacks girl or ladies are the target of that subject however from a legal stand point it does not say anything about race, because “AFRO” is not a race it is a “hairstyle” that can be worn by anyone with kinky or nappy hair even “White” people have kinky or nappy hair at times, but rightly so we know who they were targeting, but you cannot prove in a court of law by their written documents and standards because the words, “race or color” of a person’s skin is not mentioned therefore, it does not apply to just “little Black girls.” Do you now see what I mean about “Institutionalized Racism?” How do you stop it? By challenging policies and procedures and laws while targeting your law makers and leaders. Just getting upset and talking about it with people who cannot help is a waste of effort or no effort at all. So go to the schools or instituions demand to see thir rules and procedures, read them, challenge them, make them change them or at least make them comment on who they are really targeting and then you will have more ground to change it. Remember “Progress without change is nothing and he that cannot change his mind, cannot change anything.” Bernard Shaw.

  5. I agree Wanda. We define ourselves. Cower to no one.Have they outlawed greasy ponytails that throw hair strands everywhere? Have they banned spiked hair? I would sue. When are we going to stop tolerating white craziness? Do we have to riot again to remind these idiots that we are just as human as they and not their children to be ordered around?

  6. Wow. What next? Bleaching their skin? What does hair have to do with success? I love my natural hair. I work with the most consevative republicans ever and I rock my ‘Fro all the time. If they don’t like it, they don’t have the nerve to say anything because my work speaks for itself. My hair has nothing to do with it. I love to see our little girls and young ladies with natural hair – nothing wrong with it. BLACK AND PROUD!!

  7. This is what happens when parents of color are not involved in their child’s school and the laws they are passing.

    This rule is designed to make girs of color feel bad about their hair and creates image problems for girls of color.

  8. public enemy #1

    Only a fool let’s his ENEMY teach his children- Malcolm X…..black ppl need to stop comlaining and unite and teach our own kids…how many do times do you have to get slapped in the face to see light,the history of white superemacy tells you their nature but you still want to run to them to fix your problems…seems most are still stuck on stupid. Stop believeing in this freedom and were all american b.s…that’s when a REAL CHANGE will come and not frm Barry oBUMa or anybody else.

    • great statement public enemy # 1
      many of us still think non Blacks are our friends
      None OF THEM Are!!
      LEts support a Separate Nation of OUr own
      A Territory where we can live more
      cant expect our enemy to teach us anything but hate

      which is why hate ourselves and each other and pull one another down
      the white brown yellow and red races hate us and have for thousands of years
      the trail of tears indians owned Black slaves and forced them to walk to as they helped both the white military and red people make it

      the yellow people of china stole the first Black nation over there,,,, they’re not our friends

      the brown people of india Ghandi use ta kill Black people in South Afrikan military then was paid to not kill white british army in Black India

      The arabs enslaved us since the 700′s and still do to this day sitting in Egypt LIbya etc ruling while we starve in Ethiopia Sudan

      The whites and other races teach us hate and then we hate ourselves and each other
      love
      saritamiddleton
      The whole planet belongs to Black Afrikan people
      Let’s take our planet Black

  9. It isn’t all White people or all Schools… so why make this about all of them… We have a Horizon School of Science here and they are not making the ban.. it is a charter school… maybe there is another reason why they are doing it instead of the color of ones skin

  10. BAN THE TANNING OF WHITE GIRLS IN SCHOOL, WHY ARE YOU TRING TO LOOK LIKE US? BUT YOU WANT YOUR HAIR YOUR WAY AND BLACK SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THEIR HAIR OUR NATURAL WAY. NOTHING IS NATURAL ABOUT TANNING, PEELING, RED, INFECTED SKIN. YUCK

  11. Did they bad Tanning for the young white girl, that is really what is not natural, our hair is we was born this way. Get over it or get behind it.

  12. My granddaughter love to wear her hair in PUFFS! I wish someone in the school administration would tell us she couldn’t wear her hair naturally. Ummm…I would sue A. S. A. P. The people in Cali aren’t that crazy!!!

  13. that’s some insane shit right there. in milwaukee, wi a white bitch teacher cut off a black girls braid and threw it in the garbage. these white demons must be stopped.

  14. this is just another Exhibit, of how much America hates Black people…especially darkskinned-Blacks who’s hair are the ones which predominantly fall into this category.

    If I was a parent, I’d send my daughter to school like that…then when the school takes disciplinary action, I’d file a state/non-Federal discrimination lawsuit against them.

  15. Black girls Braids and puffs(ponytails) impedes success? Permed/weaved hair creates a more positive learning environment? Why don’t they just say what they really mean…they don’t want Black people in their school environment or anywhere around them or their children. Damn shame if this ban is allowed to just float through. Soon there will be nothing left to strip away from Black People except their skin. If given the chance that will 100% be next.

  16. Bring back the Afro for everyone. Now ban that. Natural looks beautiful !!!

  17. SCIENCE ACADEMY? The school is misnamed. The administrators there need to know that there is nothing scientific about a person’s hair style or clothing. They have nothing to do with learning or the lack thereof. There is no way to deny that the motivation for the rule is racist at its core. Disgusting!

  18. Did this ask whites to cut their corn hair?

  19. Taking prayers out of school i never understand why up to this day, but we sure paying for it, now they want to tell you how to wear your hair Lord what next these people going to do? They sit in these offices on their behinds and worry about the wrong things Do what you getting pay to do and try to be good at it and leave other things alone. I grow up on Afro Puff, and mini and max skirts. Natural Hair is beautiful, take it any way you like.

    • I attended public school in a rural county in Illinois in the 70′s there was no prayer in public school then, when was prayer in public school. I’m not sure I want the same teachers who molest, rape & beat our children leading prayer & even though my Mother taught in that school district some of those white teachers hated us Black kids, only a few

    • NOT!!! To change the topic there is prayers in school .., that’s “Church Sunday Schools “.., Though certain political factions want to lobby that not just their own children worship but the entire public take their cue on command… If the “churches ” could fill their “Sunday Schools ” they wouldn’t have to manipulate & lobby government to install prayer in the “public ” school curriculums… It’s the church job to go out in to the world/community and delivery their message… Not to campaign lobby prayer… But then some of those hypocrites burn churches while children. are praying also…

  20. Click the link below to review and rate the school that committed this racist act.
    http://www.greatschools.org/ohio/cincinnati/5957-Horizon-Science-Academy-Cincinnati/

  21. LoL., This article starts out as hearsay., And then if so, This administrator sounds like a woman .. Not to mention what does hair styling has to with under age children? This school or administrator’s policies needs to be reviewed by a higher authority to regard what influences are reflected on the children…

  22. Black girls continue to wear your strong black braids with the power of ELECTRICITY—–you are BEAUTIFUL!!

  23. Instead of complaining in a blog, your voice need to be heard so write to The Board of Education, write the Governor, write the State Representative in Ohio. Contact your Black Leaders, your Black Churches, your Black Businesses, and People in your Community. Ask all of them to take action by writing, speaking and protesting. This group of bigots is attempting to make our Black Children feel inferior.  Natural hair styles such as Braids, Afro,s and Afro Puffs originated in Africa where all men came from because the oldest skeleton remains in the world was a African Male. So if they want to make rules about hair in it’s natural state then the Non Black Child CAN NOT Dye their hair, Mouse their hair, Hair Spray their hair, Gel their hair, Spray in Color in their hair and Braid their hair in any way. These Bigots are not talking about hair in it Natural State, they are talking about Hair Styles. The little Black girl in the article look beautiful, her hair was beautiful, she was clean so what’s the problem. I personally have seen Non Black with, Flat Hair, Limp Hair,  Greasy Hair,  Bed Heads Hair,  Hair full of Dandruff Hair of Head Lice and Hair that Stink like WET DOGS. This is what these Bigots need to be concentrating on. My question is dose our Hair Styles as a Child define our Inteligents or How Professional we will be as an Adult. I will answer HELL NO!  Boycott Now that school.

  24. It is not a cultural thing at all, it is pure unadulterated racism. This is a natural part of our body, and they are insinuating that we change it in order to wear styles consistent with their own. So, what do we do, comply or stand and fight?

  25. JOYCE RICHARDSON

    THEY HAVE GONE TO FAR ENOUGH IS ENOUGH BLACK PEOPLE WE MUST STAND UP WE ALL STOOD BY WHEN THEY TOOK PRAY OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS AND WE ALL SEE WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING SINCE THAT HAPPEN WHO ARE THESE SCHOOL TO TELL US ABOUT OUR HAIR ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS APART OF OUR CULTURE. BLACK PEOPLE STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES, DR KING AND SO MANY OTHERS TOOK ON THIS FIGHT MANY YEARS AGO WE MUST NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO TAKE US BACK TO A TIME WHEN WE COULD NOT EVEN WALK ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE STREET AS THE WHITE MAN OR WOMAN AND BLACK MEN YOU MUST STAND WITH US AS NEVER BEFORE JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT WE HAVE ARRIVED IT ONLY MEANS THAT A SMALL GROUP OF WHITE MEN CAME TOGETHER AND PUT THEIR STAMP OF APPROVAL ON A CHANGE IN COLOR IN THE WHITE HOUSE, RACISM WILL BE WITH US UNTIL CHRIST RETURNS.

  26. Governments (Federal, State, Local) and corporations have gone too far in trying to control the masses and the sad part is that we, collectively, have allowed it by being fearful and passive. As many on this page have already commented, STOP TAKING IT! STAND UP, STAND FOR SOMETHING AND FIGHT BACK! Refuse to let the school system tell you that your natural hair or natural anything is banned. It’s total BS and we cannot allow it.

  27. Myblack is beautiful

    Bottom line, our black is beautiful and always have been for generations
    White men admire the black woman. Our full lips and our voluptuous figures and our hair. Black hair is good hair, we don’t get the greasy orflat nasty hair if our hair is not washed daily. That’s a fact! !

  28. Wha is next and it is time to draw the line

  29. Pull you hair back and it lays straight a sign of success, pull you hair back and it puffs sign of not being successful. Stop trying to use Psychology on us. The shame is that the children are at an innocent age and they will believe the hype and be enslave.

  30. This is an attack on Black American culture plan and simple.

  31. Instead of making rules about hair, how about these boys with their pants “UNDER THEIR BUTTS” showing their nasty underwear

  32. I have three words for this type of behavior: its called DISCRIMINATION,

  33. Ayotunde A. Akindele

    I suggest the parents, and local community activists and all Brothers & Sisters organize a time to present demands to the school to reverse their ruling. Then if necessary, start a petition for national support etc. You know what to do, just do it!

  34. I keep telling people that this country is still racist regardless of the elected politician in the White House, but nobody want to listen because people are buying into this Post Racial bullshit!!! This school went to damn far pulling the typical racist crap that this nation is known for. I ask this to my black people how much longer is we going to put up with racist ass country. Because for me I am getting fed up with this talk about peace bullshit when these blue eyes devils don’t even try to end THEIR hatred and attacks towards us. Its time for action and I don’t mean marching and singing “We shall overcome ” like a group of slaves.

  35. UNDER TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT.THEY CAN BAN BRAIDS
    BUT NOT AFROS:Rogers v. American Airlines, 527 F.Supp. 229 (S.D.N.Y. 1981)The court observed that if the policy prohibited the “Afro” style, it might violate Title VII. Id. at 232. This is because banning a natural hairstyle can be categorized as discrimination based on an immutable characteristic associated with a particular race. However, “[a]n all-braided hairstyle is an ‘easily changed characteristic,’” and, even if socioculturally associated with a particular race or nationality, is not an impermissible basis for distinctions in the application of employment.

    • “DECLARATION ON RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES”
      E/Cn.4/Sub.2/1994/2/Add.1 (1994)

      Federally Enforced Pursuant to Article VI of the Constitution for the United States of America Republic

      Part 1

      Article 2

      Indigenous Individuals And Peoples Are Free And Equal To All Other Individuals And Peoples In Dignity And Rights, And Have The Right To be Free From Any Kind of Adverse Discrimination; In Particular That Based On Their Indigenous Origin Or Identity.

      This is a Human Rights Issue, however the United Nations will not here you if you go in there talking about you are “BLACK”. BLACK is not a Nationality….

  36. This shyt is Racist like a cracker with some bedsheets on! They not teaching nothing there anyways that’s why these Youngsters are Dropping out! With that outcome based learning is BS & takes away the challenge Guys needed in school the shyt is too Feminized so this is where all the Gangs came from because that shyt is Gay! No Doubt! We really need to come together and Hammer out our own Corriculum Black Man & Woman for our own Mental Well Being & our Future! Black & Intelligent!!!

  37. It is obvious that this school is focusing on the wrong thing. Instead of educating properly in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Arts, World views, literature, writing,etc., and ensuring that their teachers and administrators are continuously educated on various teaching styles, how to deal with and understand people of various cultures and ethnicities, and working to bring the US education system up from the bottom of the world education rankings, they are HATING on the Godly and innocent beauty of this beautiful African American Princess.
    She is rocking a look that so many grown Caucasians, Asians, Germans, etc., are trying to get for themselves and/or for their own daughters. The administrators at that school need to really get it together and direct their own insecurities and jealous disposition with a Professional Counselor, Therapist, or Psychiatrist because that was some crazy mess to stir up.
    Like so many little, young, and teenage girls, this one is representing and was originally blessed with everything that females in this and other societies wished they possessed, but have to get surgical work done to obtain – full beautiful lips, naturally beautiful and manageable curly hair hair that can and does serve as work of art, bold beautiful eyes, well proportioned nose, deliciously developing cheekbones, and the naturally AVANT GARDE look of a runway model with confidence exuding from her eyes. SO MUCH HATE GOING ON IN THAT SCHOOL. What did they mean when they stated, “they didn’t think it would be so offensive?” THAT IS RIGHT! YOU DIDN’T THINK!!

  38. I was so mad I left a nice professional message to those twits earlier some bs telling us to wear our hair some way this is America and 2013 not 1900

    • Iye usta think same.
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      same slave money us pres’s on m oney slaveholders honored
      we need an original idea
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  39. The address for the Cleveland school

    Address: 6000 S Marginal Rd, Cleveland, OH 44103
    Phone: (216) 432-3660

    The address for the Dayton High school

    Address: 250 Shoup Mill Rd.
    Dayton, OH 45415
    Phone: (937) 281 1480
    Email: info@horizondayton.org

    The address for the columbus school:

    Address: 2350 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43229
    Phone:(614) 428-6564

    The address for the Cincinnati school:

    Address: 1055 Laidlaw Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237
    Phone:(513) 242-0099

  40. This creates a disparate impact towards African Americans, like another poster said the parents of this school should file a class action law suit against the school.

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  42. We live in America we are American Citizens. Black Girls Hair is Natural. This is a racist request that cannot be upheld. 58 year old black female Chicago. Who would come up with this request. They all need to be fired.

  43. First, the band of puffs and braids is a racist act no matter who decided it. Second, the person who is obviously not Black trying to tell Black people how to handle racism needs to shit up. Third, only Black folk would be accepting of that advice. Fourth, if I knew the actual contact information of the child(ten), parents and/or school, I would start a petition. This is ridiculous!

    • The address for the cleveland school

      Address: 6000 S Marginal Rd, Cleveland, OH 44103
      Phone: (216) 432-3660

      The Dayton High school

      Address: 250 Shoup Mill Rd.
      Dayton, OH 45415

      Phone: (937) 281 1480
      Fax: (937) 281 1481
      Email: info@horizondayton.org

      The columbus school:

      Address: 2350 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43229
      Phone:(614) 428-6564

      The cincinnati school

      Address: 1055 Laidlaw Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237
      Phone:(513) 242-0099

  44. Wow!!!!!so they want to focus on a black kids hair style instead of focusing on drugs…guns and gang violence in the school…sad!

  45. Is Ohio in a race with Florida, Texas and Mississippi to be the bottom feeder for the nation?

    • @Nancy Ellis..To answer your question, all states in the USA are bottom feeders..

      • Coast Cooker:

        You are right indeed. North, South, East or West. You are still in the U.S.A. Racism is learned behavior. It is practiced and exists all over the world. Any where there are human beings you will find racism. Said but true. We should all embrace and love the differences of another.

        I was raised in Europe and I am not Caucasian nor Hispanic.

        There is only one race people. That is the “human race”. We all will live and die. Learn to teach love and respect for each other.

        We are all human.

  46. This is a racist/ discriminatory act against Black culture! Smh!!

  47. I think we need to call the school and express our concerns iin a loving way, n addition to preparing/signing a petition asking the school leadership to educate themselves about black hair, make sure they tell the “real” American history, and the “real” history of our culture who has birthed all human beings walking on this planet. I’m not mad at their leadership. In fact, I’m glad they were so comfortable sharing their letter as it truly is a call to love, an invitation to be RE-educated about our culture’s natural beauty. While we’ve come along way, this school’s reaction to natural hair is an indication that we still have a long way to go! I am not surprised as I do recall an HBCU requesting something similar from its students. Thank you for sharing this news.

  48. Bottom line is she looks stupid. You all need to be serious about this lol.

    Also, this site looks like a hate group. How do you know a white person decided this? It was more than likely a group. You need to get a life because all of your hate is without merit meaning u have no substance to why you hate. More than likely you hate other races because you hate your own, and you need to get over this insecurity.

    -A better person than you because I am not ignorant

    • I don’t want to be confrontational but maybe YOU are the ignorant one! Just because you don’t like the little girls hair that doesn’t make her stupid looking. Someone might think your appearance is not quite what it should be. This is not something she went out and got. This the natural state of her hair and she (or her parents) have the right not to be forced to alter its state either chemically or by use of heat. WOW, really?!?!?

      I better leave this page before I say something else I might regret. I rarely comment on these kinds of topics. I do wear my hair natural. I work within a school system. I also greatly dislike when individuals make sweeping generalizations about a group of people, any people. There is not group ANYWHERE in which EVERYONE espouses the exact same believes and thoughts. So what one member of a group says can not and should not be applied to all!!

      Be blessed you all!

    • Bottom line is you sound stupid…

    • I’m not sure who told you that lie because anyone who thinks it’s stupid to be proud of who they are is an idiot. I love to see my young Sister in Braids. Also if you think this is a hate site nobody need to hear from a fool so don’t log on to it. One Luv to all my Proud Black people.

    • @C your ignorant and your rant proves it

      Sign a person that will not tolerate indiffernce

    • @C: Bottom line is, you SOUND stupid. For you to make a comment like that shows just how ignorant YOU are.
      The school should be more concerned about the children’s education, and emotional well-being than their hairstyles. Everyone is an individual, and should be able to express their own uniqueness. Not every parent wants to use chemicals in their little girl’s hair, because it can be damaging.
      You really need to get a life, and stay off this site if it’s too profound for your little mind.

    • Soooo,didn’t Bo Derreck have braids in her hair when she did the movie “Ten”? Ha! She’s white right?

    • to whom are you referring ‘she looks stupid’
      People should have the right to wear hair in any style that does not infringe on others.
      This is a black site so if you come on you expect to see rhetoric that is toward that persuasion, otherwise you need to go elsewhere.
      We don’t care who made the decision, it’s racist and should not be upheld!!

    • @C, If had a clue you’d be dangerous. You’re a fucking idiot…

  49. I chuckle when anything negative said about us is attributed to caucasians. I have actually had MORE problems with black people when it comes to my natural hair … especially 7 or 8 years ago when I first made the switch. Maybe not openly, but there are MANY, MANY “African-Americans” that agree with these sentiments. Furthermore, some are so “addicted” to hair that swings in the wind that even if they do go natural their new addiction becomes the pressing comb and flat iron. Just my two cents not the gospel by any means!!

    • I have to say that I agree with you. I usually wear my hair relaxed. But, I will NEVER forget the reaction I got from a Fortune 500 black co-worker after I had my hair beautifully braided in an up-do for a trip I was taking. She gave a me a look like “Oh G-d” – like I committed some type of on-the-job faux pas. I really didn’t care about what anyone else thought and didn’t ask for opinions either. (Her problem was that she tried so hard to assimilate into the dominant culture and actually thought she wasn’t considered black anymore.) Although I did get some positive comments from other blacks, the interesting part was I got the most compliments from non-blacks on the job. One said, I looked like a princess. Anyway, I find the whole positive/negative reaction to black hair both interesting and disturbing. What others choose do with their hair is their business as far as I am concerne (barring the need for it to be clean and neatly groomed – whatever the style).

      • blvdjewel know that NOn Blacks do that

        They come together and take other side
        Pretend to compliment and like you

        Aren”t yo u workn for em
        collectin they money
        buy they house
        they clothes food defense most everything from em

        they all killing us off with help from the ten percent elite of Black folks

        please support sista middleton and nuba in SE WAshington DC we organizing a nation in Afrika our South or Central Amerikkka There is apartment in the Nation’s Capital with roaches in holes in the walls and another that has smell problems we need to work as Black nation on fixing these problems

        support our 2nd hand clothes collection
        202 425 7832

    • DD you are so right! I went natural 4 years ago and I too flat iron my hair. I wear more weaves and wigs than ever. Nothing has changed. It’s just now easier for me to go Beyonce blond without losing my hair.

  50. To angry to respond to this nonsense. This is bull!

  51. “Oh, ya’ll didn’t know that today’s acceptable action is “sexual freedom” remember? Black expression is over ya’ll had your time in the 70′s to wear the puffs and those sqiggley styles of the 90′s now it’s time for our kids to feel supported with their sexual expressions, whatever it may be. We can only deal with 1 new expression at a time and your time is not now. I thought ya’ll knew?!”

    From the Oh Hi O State Skule Bored.

  52. Seaman Mark Lynch

    If I were one of the Parent of a Student bringing home such a note, GOD knows all Hell would immediately break loose in that fu?king School starting with the obviously racist ass so-call Principal.

  53. I’m glad it was taken care of because that seemed totally ridiculous!…I did wonder about something, would the hair still “puff” out like that if it was in one ponytail as opposed to two “puffs”? They are still adorable by the way, so wear it how you will I say!!!

  54. Europeans still have such a long way to get there.Everything they do reminds me of the devils work.

    • You are more right than you know Haile! I actually created a mock IQ test but called it a Racial IQ test or an RIQ test. Because white people see themselves as the moral neutral/and the normative in our society, they keep failing the RIQ test. They have the racial intellect of a 3 rd grader perhaps. The more they think they have nothing to do with racism, the lower score they get. So as we grow in our society, it is being revealed that they have some real blind spots that need a lot of work but there is no real demand for them to work on it so do not look for much change in the future.

  55. stankbutt lady to scam out those crazy checks

    We all know how insensitive and a waste that topic is? We always know how to throw the first punch. Just do not have the kind of protection and bond like these idiot boxed families . As we as you are still spending our hard earn money to raise children like the Kardashians and them, we forget that there are neighbors that really could not care less but it’s just nice to see you again and then there are those SNAKES who are placed to change your mind involve your children and turn the whole family out and end the end your child will be formed into some thin gay mint or a black market spread for Do’s and Don’ts. Life is just to be read through.

  56. Boycott the School

  57. This is just ridiculous. I could see maybe if it were something ‘bizarre’ like neon dyed Mohawks.. but ponytails and braids?.. I hope they get Sued.. and as a parent, I would be ticked. I wold contact the Dept of Education and the States Attny’s office, for sure.
    But sadly, I would also be looking for a better school system as well. aaand if it makes any difference.. white mom here. LOL

    • this is what our family is talking bout
      you white people want to ban a mohawk
      a black hairstyle copiedby red people

      Back need to stop injesting the hate whites and other non Blacks have for them

      and leave these people alone
      teach ourselves feed ourselves defend ourselves

      tha Black woman is most victimized
      A Sista Mrs. Middleton out of Southeast Washington DC is working a non profit organization

      you whites are all one unit you divide and conquer
      divide yourselves up as missionaries mercenaries employee employer etc
      and conquer
      as do the yellow red and brown people
      The Earth was Made By and For Black people
      Steop offff

  58. Can these parents start a petition on change.org? This needs to be addressed by the parents/students involved NOW! I’ll be the first to sign it.

    • There is an update on the blackgirl website in which the school issued an apology letter, stating they did not “realize” the ban would be offensive. Thankfully the fast moving power of the Internet has corrected this RIDICULOUS so-called dress code infraction!

      • I’m so glad to know that this was taken care of. How dare they tell us how to wear our hair. What will it be next ?

        • Next they will tell us we have to bleach our skin to look as White as possible.

          The little girl in the photo is sooooo cute!

  59. Wow. The level of stupidity seems to be growing among these types of ignorant individuals. But for an entire school, priding itself on educating the masses, this is just down right SCARY as hell. Again, wow.

  60. Everyone should get an attorney on retainer and send all of their daughters to school with afro-puffs and braids. You should also call your local T.V. station to film it and and ask for answers(on camera). They want you to asimilate and disown who you are. Don’t allow them to do it.

  61. How does one even begin to respond to this level of ridiculousness? Speechless…

  62. Appalling to think that bcz you wear these styles, you wont be successful? ????? What do the teachers think? African American that is.

  63. Parents Unite! If your daughter attends this school, you must ban together. Retain a good lawyer. Hell get two! When the new school year begins, make sure to style your daughters and/or sons hair in one of the banned styles. All ethnicities can and should participate. If and when the children are disciplined, file a class-action law suit against everyone involved. It’s the American way.

  64. i am really glad to hear my sisters back this young lady up, i am of course a blk male with 8 year into my dreads i’ve been denied and fired because i refused to cut my hair so i can understand wat thy are going thru so young lady b strong.

  65. AS MY MOTHER USE TO SAY, “THE IDLE MIND IS THE DEVILS WORKSHOP.” ENOUGHT SAID. DON’T LET THE DEVIL STEAL YOUR JOY. AS LONG AS YOU’RE NOT VIOLATING THE LAW (THE SCHOOL SYSTEM NEED TO GET A GRIP ON THEMSELVES). YOU SHOULD SEE HOW THE LITTE BOYS (NON-AFRO AMERICAN)ARE WEARING THEIR HAIR AND PEOPLE THINK THEY LOOK CUTE!!!(DUH!).

  66. ALL of the commercials you see on tell-a-LIE-vision have mulatto females with frizzy, and afro-type styles!!!

    Now, when a REAL DARK SKIN sister wears their hair in its NATURAL STATE these racist schools want to ban it!!!

    THIS IS THE MOST RACIST HYPOCRITICAL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

    IF THOSE BLACKS BAN TOGETHER, AND MAKE THEIR DAUGHTERS WEAR THEIR HAIR IN ITS NATURAL STATE; THEY WOULD WIN A COURT CASE!!!

    PERHAPS, IF YOU NEGROIDS WOULD GET RID OF THAT JEALOUSY, ENVY, AND HATE YOU HAVE TOWARD ONE ANOTHER, WE WOULDN’T BE HAVING THESE PROBLEMS!!!

    YOU MUST UNITE AND ORGANIZE!

    THERE IS STRENGTH IN UNITY!!!

    A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT WOULD PUT AN END TO THIS BULLSHYT!!!

    • Derrick first we must learn who we are. “Black”, “African American” , “Minority” is all “Brands” and “Tags” handed down by these Devils in power. To unearth their power one must learn the language of their Uniform Commercial Codes and United States Codes and the United States Constitution of America of the Republic and Bill of Rights and use this information against them to choke the life out of them.

      We must stop answering to the Straw Man and take Power of Attorney over that. We must stop getting marriage certificates and if we have them, adjust the contract so we can stop being Orphans because that is where all marriage certificates go to the DEPARTMENT OF ORPHANS…

      We must become a Nation so we can pick up where Malcom left off

      We must learn legal lessee. Cop a Blacks Law Dictionary 2nd, 3rd, 4th editions.

      Then we can begin to stand on our square.

      • In Addition Warrior, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is not a Country.

        Title 28 USC 3002 section 15A states, The UNITED STATES is a Federal CORPORATION and not a Government…..

        Noble Drew Ali told us to study, study, study and when we are through studying then study ourselves…. peace God!!!!!

      • RISE UP: “We must stop getting marriage certificates and if we have them, adjust the contract so we can stop being Orphans because that is where all marriage certificates go to the DEPARTMENT OF ORPHANS.”
        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

        The 13TH Amendment reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except, as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

        Most Black people do not realize this amendment was to keep Blacks in an ADOPTIVE/ORPHAN type state, which is another form of slavery!

        You are absolutely right about getting a marriage license. It’s the same as getting a dog license; it’s about OWNERSHIP! What happens when a marriage couple gets divorced? They MUST go to court to gain their ‘freedom’!!!

        Then, the Black man is normally the person, who has to PAY for the children (if any), that he produced, until they have reached the age of 18. Didn’t we have to PAY for our so-called ‘freedom.’?

        The reason why the number 18 was made for us to become adults is because these pale thangs would rape our children from the age of 8 through 18!!! It was legal for them to rape little children, and they were/are the ORIGINAL pedophiles.

        We are still ENSLAVED, but don’t know it. Also, the penal/penis (jail/prison) system are still forms of slavery, which is stated in the 13th Amendent…”except as a punishment for CRIME, whereof the party shall have been duly CONVICTED, shall exist within the United States.” WHAT DO THESE PIGS DO WHEN A BLACK MAN COMMITS A CRIME?

        He is CON-VICTED and PUNISHED by these racist serpents in these uNUTed snakes of azzholes (usa). The word CON is used because Black men are always CONned to commit to crimes they did not commit!!! That’s why they are labeled CONVICTS, when they are set ‘free’!!!

        WE ARE NOT FREE, AND WILL NEVER BE FREE UNTIL WE “FREE OUR MINDS”

        WE MUST “RISE UP” NOW!!!

        Much Love & Respect!

        • correction: the penal/pen.is sysytem^

        • You speak truth to power GOD!!!!! You are one of the last of the true Alpha Males in our community…

          Peace

          • @RISE UP:

            You would be surprised, how much hate, and animosity these unCONscious thinking negroids have toward the Truth I try to bring to the table.

            Even on talk radio shows, these negroids LIE, BLASPHEME, and DEGRADE my name, and comments, and I DON’T EVEN KNOW THESE slaves!!!

            They love caucaoids, and a radio host told me not to talk about caucasoids any longer!!! By the way…she’s a xtian screacha. This is how messed up this religious thang has negroids, especially the Black woman. Can you beLIEve, she being a screacha, thinks that ho.omose.xuality is not wrong? She also thinks that Kerry Washington’s role in Scandal is also, a good role?

            These screachas are really ‘trained’ at their caucasoid seminary schools to keep negroids brainwashed, submissive, weak, and ignorant toward our destruction and annihilation of the Black culture, especially the Black man.

            If you notice the MAJORITY of our ‘followers’ are screachas or so-called xtians, i.e., Messy Jessy, Sharptongue Sharpton, Ben Jealous, and the other negroid screachas, who teach this: LET’S ALL GET ALONG BULLSHYT with our enemies!

            IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THANG TO SEE A CONSCIOUS SISTER OUT HERE ON THE BATTLEFIELD!

            Stay Up Black Goddess!!!

  67. Why do Nubian get upset with theses “Devils”, and their rules, take Ur kids out of their school’s and put Ur kids in home school or teach them Ur-self’s,and if most of U Nubians stop trying 2 keep Ur kids away 4rom their on people ,there wouldn’t be need 2 have this kind of conversation, but a lot of Nubians try hard 2 keep their kids around these “Devils” and act like those devil, U get upset win they start 2 dictate as 2 how ,win ,where and ,what Ur kids can and cant do; don’t blame them,U only have Ur self 2 blame!…and known I’m talking about the black devil!

    • You sound like a complete idiot…….Obviously you don’t have common sense……what does being around whites have to do with this topic…..you fool…..you just needed to say something negative hiding behind your computer…….STFU

  68. So wat? What black parents of this school gon’ do? STILL SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL THERE. Get your own s**t maybe then “officials” can’t tell grown parents to put their black (and black ways) away.

  69. Why are you even questioning your civil liberties? Parents, Children. Wear your natural locs as you will.Let the school board challenge the courts, they will not win. They are using discrinmatory practices in this UNITED STATES and if you do not stand up to them. You deserve what you get. “STOP LETTING THEM WIN. Dammit!!! Get busy taking names on petitions NOW. Do not wait for someone else to do it…FORM A COALITION…smh.

  70. OMG!! Is there any way we can get in touch with this school. This is horrible. How dare they try and stop our heritage. They should focus on curriculum and not the hair styles. Them little white girls were infatuated by those beautiful little angels and their parents got mad because they can’t do their hair like this. SMH…so sad!

  71. The ELIMINATION of Black pride is going down the drain!

    These racist schools don’t teach OURstory, and they are doing all they can to ‘euroPEEanize’ our children!

    They are effeminizing our young Black men, and boys, and ‘euroPEEanizing’ our young Black women, and girls. They are ‘pee-ing’ on y’all, and y’all think it’s water!!!

    THIS THANG IS A PLAN, AND IF YOU NEGROIDS DON’T WAKE UP, AND SEE THIS; YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MINDS!!!

    GET BACK TO BLACK…ASAP!!!

    • I agree with you. However, I must say that there was a time when we didn’t rely on others to teach our children our history. There came a time when many of us were more concerned with assimilating with society at large that they chose to keep the realities of the past from the next generation. Also, to be clear ALL of the history is not bad. Some benefitted greatly being here. Now it is time for history lessons to begin again at home. Time out for seeing who’s child can be the best MJ on Wii. And, for the record, other cultures aren’t being taught and celebrated in the school system at large either (it should also be noted that there are some of us who try to include info whenever possible) … it’s learned at home through the continuance of ancestral traditions, meals and conversation!! Just one woman’s opinion.

      • I agree, Ms.Jackson. My daughter is natural ( since 4th grade) and she loves her look. One of her issues is dealing with her own race at school when it comes to her hair. Realizing I need to teach her more of our history as Africans and African Americans, I started at home. She is so amazed by so many things. One day she came home and explained to me how so many of her friends and other girls she know hair is so thin,stringy,and unhealthy ( while going to a beautician).Some have begun to wearing weave. These are 6th graders. It all starts at home. And that is in Academics as well.

    • Keep putting your words out Derrick,because some of our people are in such disillusion that they need a wake up call.

      • @Truth-B-Told: “…some of our people are in such disillusion that they need a wake up call.”
        ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

        I think it’s too late because they have been so
        CON-DITIONED to please their overseers, they don’t want to hear the Truth! They have been CONned, and will remain mentally enslaved for life!

        IN PRISON; THEY ARE CALLED ‘LIFERS’!!!

        In two weeks I’m outta here because these sympathetic negroids are SICK!

        This xtianity drug has them hooked like crack!

        Much Respect!

  72. White girls mad they can rock it, so they ban it. If they can’t show a valid reason not to wear them then I would continue to wear them. BABIES ROCK YOUR BRAIDS AND AFROS

    • Yes! I agree I really hate to put race in everything but as far as this goes nothing about this rule is pertaining to students as a whole,to further education it singles out black girls and that doesn’t sit right with me

  73. I think this school system in question is racist if you are going to have a rule enforce the rule on everyone not just on one group of people. Then on top of all of this non since they can’t explain why and how this effects the learning or the environment. Workings of a devil please don’t let this happen. Home schooling is the best answer for black people.

    • Absolutely! Get those babies out of that school and away from the administration ASAP!

      • I hope they sue! This beautiful baby should not be told because of her hair there is a problem…..I hope I live long enough to see our own thriving communities that are safe,healthy, and prosperous. Our own schools with all of our intelligent,well educated Afrcian-American teachers,and administrations. We could start suing everybody that continue with these racist acts. Let us stop being angry and get smart on these tactics against our children.

  74. amanda paolello

    so how can we hold them accountable to this insanity ?
    who are they ?

    • ITS CALLED DRESS CODE DISCRIMINATION. LOOK UNDER
      DRESS CODE DISCRIMINATION AND SUPREME COURT RULEINGS.

  75. This is just down right wrong how come they band how black wear they hair racism still exist and theses white ppl making it very clear that they control everything and if they want something there way all they gotta do is say it and no matter how wrong it is its still going to happen if the white man say so ..

  76. IF WE AS A PEOPLE START DOING WHAT THEY SAY WE ARE SUBMITTNG OURSELVES BACK TO SLAVERY NOW THEY ARE TELLING US HOW TO WEAR OUR HAIR THATS BS WE MUST TAKE A STAND ON THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR