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7 Year Old Girl Sent Home Because of Dreadlocks

Little girl sent home from school because of 'faddish' dreadlocks

A 7-year-old girl named Tiana Parker was recently sent home from Deborah Brown Community School, the charter school she attends in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for failing to comply with school policy. Her violation? Tiana, who is African American, has dreadlocks and school rules state that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”

Wait, wait, wait. Faddish? Seriously? Curious how two of the three hairstyles explicitly banned by the school happen to be two of the ways Black women can wear their hair without processing it. The term "faddish" also seems remarkably inappropriate considering how human beings have been 'froing and locking their hair for the entirety of our species' existence. That is one hell of a long running fad.

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