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Loki
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 09:30 AM
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/education/s/151/151512_school_bans_wrong_race_hairstyle. html

School bans 'wrong race' hairstyle

Deborah Haile
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/ContentResources/262.$plit/C_17_Articles_151512_BodyWeb_Detail_0_Im age.jpg EXCLUDED: Olivia Acton



A TEENAGER was sent home from school after the headteacher ruled she was the wrong race to have a braided hairstyle.

Olivia Acton, 13, was told she could not join her classmates at Middleton Technology College because her tightly plaited hair was too "extreme" for the strict uniform policy.

However, two other pupils at the school who have an Afro-Caribbean background are allowed to attend the school with similar hairstyles because it reflects their cultural heritage.

The teenager usually has her hair brushed straight but had it braided during a family holiday.

She was stunned to be turned away when she returned to school. She was told she can only go back to the classroom if she unpicks the plaits.

Olivia's father, Michael, says the school's rule is discriminatory and should be changed. But the school insists the uniform policy is an important way of maintaining standards and ensuring all youngsters are a part of the school community.

Mr Acton said: "The headteacher is saying it's extreme for my girl to have braids. I'm disgusted by the decision."

Middleton Technology College headteacher Allison Crompton confirmed that braided hairstyles were generally banned in the school but she would make exceptions for hairstyles which are a reflection of cultural heritage rather than a fashion statement.

Strict

Ms Crompton said: "We don't allow any extreme hairstyles of any description at the school. We are a high-achieving school with high standards and we don't allow any street culture into school.

"We are very strict on appearance. Wearing a school uniform signals that children are ready and willing to be a part of the school community. We have smart children who work in a purposeful way because that's the ethos of the school.

"If we didn't allow some leeway for their cultural and ethnic background I think it would probably be discriminatory."

The row began when Olivia, from Alcrington, was excluded in February for a day for her failure to comply with the school's rule.

She told the school the braids could not be removed for two weeks, and was told that during that time she could return to school but would be taught in the learning support unit. Olivia chose to study at home and has not returned to school since while both parties refuse to give way over the hairstyle.

Rochdale MP Jim Dobbin is now trying to negotiate a compromise, but he admits he doesn't believe the school has reasonable grounds to keep Olivia away.

He said: "The family visited my surgery recently and I have asked the LEA to mediate with the school. I personally do not consider the hairstyle in any way outrageous and I hope Olivia can return to full time education immediately. I do not consider this to be a reasonable exclusion."

Coun Colin Lambert, Rochdale Council's spokesman for education, said: "The school should concentrate on what goes into the students' heads and not what is on their heads."

What do you think of the school's policy? Have your say.



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The Horned God
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 11:39 AM
I've posted a comment but it hasn't appeared.

Erlingr Hárbarđarson
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 12:47 PM
I absolutely support the decision and policy of the academic institution. All White children should not only wear their hair in either ancestral design or just hanging down -the way it is suppose to be- but all White children should additionally wear full uniform in all european institutions during lecture attendance hours. Youth to-day have no honour and they should be ashamed to call them selves White. I hope on the girl who love negroe hairs to wake up a soon-to-come morning and have all the hairs removed. This is her fate for if she want to be negroe then so shal Óđinn treat to her. Her father seem to be a kommunistic pig, and one day I hope our folk make him squeal in fear for his betrayl to the seed.

Son of a gun
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 12:50 PM
I absolutely support the decision and policy of the academic institution. All White children should not only wear their hair in either ancestral design or just hanging down -the way it is suppose to be- but all White children should additionally wear full uniform in all european institutions during lecture attendance hours. Youth to-day have no honour and they should be ashamed to call them selves White. I hope on the girl who love negroe hairs to wake up a soon-to-come morning and have all the hairs removed. This is her fate for if she want to be negroe then so shal Óđinn treat to her. Her father seem to be a kommunistic pig, and one day I hope our folk make him squeal in fear for his betrayl to the seed.
i have to agree with Eeetu

Erlingr Hárbarđarson
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 12:54 PM
I've posted a comment but it hasn't appeared.

I looked into the moderation queue for postings, and I did not see any thing from you, brother. I am not certain what happened. Was of what you made a posting very offencive? Perhaps a moderator took it away. Furthermore, the board went down for some members -depending at your connecting settings, location and services- just a few hours ago for a shorter while and perhaps your posting was made at this time and was lost under the down-period? I apologise for the ill convenience on you.

Triglav
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 02:26 PM
A comment on this by a Black American woman:


An African-American female from the southern United States' opinion: I would have to agree with the schoolteacher. What most Whites do not understand is that "cornrows" or any other natural African hairstyle is NOT JUST A HAIRSTYLE. African- style hair differs from anyone elses' on earth and IT IS a cultural statement. Whites see a Black wearing locs or an afro and think "what a cool hairstyle!" Then they imitate the hairstyle. Locs, afros, and braids are sacred to Black people because (i am quoting Western world views) our natural hair allows us to break the chains of following European culture for so long that we cannot be accepted into society for who we are. We allow terrible chemicals that damage our hair so that we can fit in and get jobs and go to great schools. No, I do not like the "street" comment of the teacher, or the fact that "cornrows" have been banned entirely, but I do agree that this student should have been sent home and her hair taken down. She is just a child and will not see the importance of this. Even Blacks (especially in the United States) take down their braids and earrings (another custom) in order to get a job interview. Individuality can wait. A uniform policy is a uniform policy. By the way, Blacks (most) are not trying to be White by straighening our hair, usually it is done so we can do other things with our hair, to make it more managable so we can look "professional" in a White world. In fact, Whites have taken part of MANY CULTURES and downplaying meanings...is Yoga JUST AN EXERCISE? Is henna JUST A BODY ART? Is American Indian face paint JUST MAKE-UP? And if that doesn't phase you, I believe that the child SHOULD NOT wear this hairstyle for a more practical reason. It is VERY DAMAGING to European hair. European hair is 2 fine to wear any African style repeatedly. If she wants to keep the hair on her head, she should take the braids down. Cornrows are not meant to be kept in so long anyways. Only 2-4 weeks max. w/ very kinky (African) hair.
Sharonda, Mobile, Alabama, United States
26/03/2005 at 03:21

Glory
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 03:05 PM
I agree Erlingr. Many girls at my school have this kind of hairstyle which is the most ugliest, and stupidest thing you could do to your hair. And even worst her dad accepts it and supports. That's bad parenting.

János Hunyadi
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 04:38 PM
I agree Erlingr. Many girls at my school have this kind of hairstyle which is the most ugliest, and stupidest thing you could do to your hair. And even worst her dad accepts it and supports. That's bad parenting.

I'm guessing that you either live in Montgomery or PG County?

Loki
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 05:17 PM
A comment on this by a Black American woman:



It is VERY DAMAGING to European hair. European hair is 2 fine to wear any African style repeatedly.
Uhmm... I thought the "scientists" were teaching us that race does not exist. Thus, there is no "African hair" or "European hair". All human hair is the same. We are one race under God. :icon1:

Triglav
Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 09:45 PM
Uhmm... I thought the "scientists" were teaching us that race does not exist. Thus, there is no "African hair" or "European hair". All human hair is the same. We are one race under God. :icon1:
Yes, I'm shocked. :-o

Glory
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 03:18 AM
I'm guessing that you either live in Montgomery or PG County?
I grew up in Bowie which is in PG county. A once nice place is now a ghetto.

Draugr
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 06:08 AM
Crap if she went to the girl's part of my academy, she would have been expelled for the rest of the year. School is supposed to inculturate, nowadays it seems only to indoctrinate.

beowulf wodenson
Sunday, March 27th, 2005, 08:34 PM
I have regretfully witnessed similar instances in local girls. :speechles Disgusting that white children should want to imitate the nasty hair of negroes. The worst cases I've seen are 'white' boys at my former university that wore their hair in long filthy crap-locks as I call them. Revolting.

János Hunyadi
Monday, March 28th, 2005, 05:04 AM
I grew up in Bowie which is in PG county. A once nice place is now a ghetto.

Yuck, my sympathies.

SouthernBoy
Monday, March 28th, 2005, 03:34 PM
To quote an article found on a link given to me by a friend (I use prepositional phrases excessively when I am happy) the entirety of "Racial Denial" "is so stupid only an intelligent person could comprehend it." The truth, as it seems to me, is that race is a permanent part of our society, and has been justified by science. I support anything that perpetuates segregation, discrimination, and interracial strife.

Shaun
Monday, March 28th, 2005, 04:31 PM
I do not know if it has been posted here, but scientists have actually discovered genetic patterns in different ethnic groups.

Science acknowledges race as being a reality. It is just some that claim, in the name of science, that it does not exist.

ErikBloodaxe
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005, 06:32 PM
race is your identity, however what will segregation do but enrage blacks even more? That once practiced policy is illogical and ignorant. It is injustice to the US Constitution.

Erlingr Hárbarđarson
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005, 08:30 PM
race is your identity, however what will segregation do but enrage blacks even more? That once practiced policy is illogical and ignorant. It is injustice to the US Constitution.

Perhaps I ill interpret your tone here, but are you saying that segregation is illogical and ignorant? And that it stands against the founding principles of your country?

ErikBloodaxe
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005, 10:46 PM
yes. the Constitution was established to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Therefore, there is no reason I see why segregation should legaly exist in the US.

Erlingr Hárbarđarson
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005, 11:10 PM
yes. the Constitution was established to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Therefore, there is no reason I see why segregation should legaly exist in the US.

With out regard to jewish notions at modern legality, how do you personally feel on segregation of seeds, e.g. ethically?

ErikBloodaxe
Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, 12:07 AM
"With out regard to jewish notions at modern legality"
-well, the laws within the US Constitution were Judeo-Christian, but none of the signers were Jewish. Nowadays, Jews are becoming more and more afraid of their destruction, therefore they are trying to pass more and more liberal laws that parallel communism.
And if that wasn't bad enough, GW Bush, a so-called compassionate conservative, is giving Israel more and more money to feed their cause. I digress, though.

"how do you personally feel on segregation of seeds, e.g. ethically?"
-I personally do not agree with a germanic-bred person to breed with another race.
Neither does the US majority.

János Hunyadi
Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, 12:44 AM
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/education/s/151/151512_school_bans_wrong_race_hairstyle. html

Her picture expresses the soulless, directionless and baseless nature of many English children in Rn'B Britain. They have been totally stripped of their heritage for so long, that they cling to the fashion of a people whose record of sustaining any form of advanced civilisation is abysmal to say the least.

Draugr
Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, 05:01 AM
With out regard to jewish notions at modern legality, how do you personally feel on segregation of seeds, e.g. ethically?

I tell you what happend when they stopped segragation: my mother grew up in the government projects after WWII, when she was young the projects were segragated, white blocks were clean, orderly, and safe. The black projects were filthy, loud, and un-safe (un-safe in that things were not maintained and presented a structural harzard, even in those conditions the negros would never dream of go over to the next block and touching a white woman because in the evening they would be visited by a dozen drunk and pissed Irishmen). After integration, well the whole projects sank down in filth and crime, hell the blacks have ruined being poor.

ErikBloodaxe
Thursday, March 31st, 2005, 01:23 AM
Nowadays in america, people notice people of other races but don't like to differentiate unless it deals with relationships and marriage. being of the racial majority within the us, any talk of your race in particular for any reason is "racist." On the other hand if you are a minority, racial preservation is openly embraced and accepted. Black culture is enveloped within all other people. This is why you see people of all races doing things black people do with other blacks. MTV and the media is the #1 reason for this. It's accepted and cool to flash a Westside and talk "negrish" (self-coined). Obviously, it's also "cool" to have cornrows.
In New England, where I've lived for years, there is an overwhelming majority of whites. In my high school there were all the usual groups, but there was always the wigger group. It seemed that they were simply like that to replace the missing "diversity." So even in a 98% white school, it happens. I guess America isn't the only country like this. Personally concerning segregation, I don't care because they hang with their own kind anyway. As long as they don't call me racial names I don't call them racial names. Perhaps I am indifferent concerning this because I am an american, and my country throughout my lifetime has been diverse by nature. It is obviously a lot different in Scandinavia. It has forever puzzled me why the governments, Sweden in particular, are so openly liberal. A takeover? I thought the King's duty was to protect his land?