Friday, September 13, 2013
Last week, Danielle Holley-Walker's post alerted us to some public schools' racially disparate hairstyle codes and the raging facebook discussion over them. The story of Tiana Parker in Tulsa, Oklahoma--a student subject to such a policy--made it onto Michelle Martin's Tell Me More on NPR today. Martin interviewed the father of Tiana, who had been told her dreadlocks were a violation of school policy. When asked whether the hair policy was racist, the girl's father said no. His critique was simply that the policy was stupid. He suggested the school should focus on education instead of things that have no affect on education. Regardless, after the story caught attention, this particular school district reversed its position and actually apologized to the family. The full transcript and audio of the interview is here.