A young Black girl was expelled from her Louisiana middle school because her hair was “unnatural,” according to activist Shaun King.
King posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday of the young girl, who hasn’t been identified, crying after she was allegedly told to leave the school.
It just happened again. Christ The King Middle School in Gretna, Louisiana expelled this beautiful young Black girl saying that her hairstyle was “unnatural,” King wrote. “She was humiliated and removed from the school over it.”
It just happened again. Christ The King Middle School in Gretna, Louisiana expelled this beautiful young Black girl saying that her hair style was “unnatural.” She was humiliated and removed from the school over it. And they call themselves Christians – as a young girl cries because she’s being removed from her school. This is the new Jim Crow. Let’s be clear – this is Christianity as White Supremacy. We can tell that from the little white European statue of Virgin Mary in the background. That woman was a Palestinian refugee who hid in EGYPT. You hide in Egypt when you look like an Egyptian. That statue is of a woman who would hide in London. The school now admits that this hairstyle does not violate any rule in their handbook, but says that they made a new rule this summer to prohibit it. I kid you not. They claim they made a rule in the summer of 2018 to prohibit THIS hairstyle. Contact this school @ 504-367-3601 Web: ctkparishschool.org
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The shocking video mirrors a recent incident in Apopka, FL. where a young Black boy was not allowed to go to his private school because of his dreadlocks.
King says that the school implemented the new rule about hair this summer, despite it not being in its handbook.
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