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Discrimination against dreadlocks in school hair wars on individuality

Mia Elizabeth
@mia-elizabeth
6 years ago
45 posts

Read this article about dreads being banned in public schools. http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/29153/hair-wars-public-schools-take-aim-at-dreadlocks-long-hair-individuality/
the public schools are where our children learn to be who they are, the schools have no right to enforce the narrow views of the administration on the children. only the parents have a right to influence the personal development of the childs personalities.
the no dreadlocks in school rules are a direct civil rights violation, that are specifically targeting those who believe certain religious beliefs, hold certain cultural beliefs as well as disrespecting certain racial influences.

i propose an open letter to the school boards in question that can also be adapted to anyone in any school facing dreadlocks discrimination.

------begin editable letter to school administrations----
dear administrators and interested parties,
I am writing you today because i recently became aware of discriminatory practices by your school administrations that are both illegal and a violation of civil rights. I am talking about the ban on dreadlocks or any policies or rules concerning dreadlocks, theyre care, presentability, or any requirements to keep them neat and tidy. Dreadlocks are a cultural expression, not only of jamaican culture, but every culture on earth amazonian to welsh and every single one between. dreadlocks show a pride in heritage, and as such have very deep personal meanning far greatter then any other hairstyle, and for that reason, many who wear dreadlocks would never cut when requested to. to do so (reguest to cut) is a direct violation of the rights of the child.

furthermore dreads are a religious and spiritual expression as well, not only for rastafariands but almost every religion, the christians and jews have the nazarite vow, while muslims hindus buddhists all have theyre own dreadlocks beliefs, those who wear the locks are considered the holiest of men. to deny the wearing of dreadlocks is a religious discrimination. would you dare ban circumcision?

furthermore dreads are lifechanging, they give you confidence they alow you to grow strong in the face of criticism.
dreadlocks teach you that your personal happiness is more importajnt then bowing to the expectations of others.

furthermore dreadlocks are clean and healthy, both physicaly and mentaly. anorexia is caused by always feeling they have to be perfect to satisfy everyone and because they feel they have no control of theyre life . dreadlocks help you accept imperfections and not having to please everyone they are healthy in other ways as well, self confidence, self image, and above all the respect of self rise with dreading.

and finaly, dreadlocks fill a need in todays society to feel more natural, our food is full of chemicals, the water we drink, even the light we see by are artificial dreadlocks alow the wearrer to feel like a natural human the way humans are meant to be.
for this reason alowing the natural dread=ing process with the messy early stages is the healthiest most resperctful thing that you can do.

a student who feels accepted and respected will succeedd, if you make them dfeel an outcast or a freak you will doom them to underacheivment.
respect your students. they are not your kids to command
you are only teachers you have no rights to control how they dress wear theyre hair only how they learn and behave towards their peers.

i know you will reconsider and do the right thing
respect
me

---end editable letter---

fix the typos anyone or rewrite?


updated by @mia-elizabeth: 02/14/15 03:18:54AM
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
6 years ago
27,402 posts
ok lets do this, everyone write to the schoolboard why you think ythis is not only unfair but illegal i';ll put together a sample letter to edit and personaloze and ill edit this 1st post and title to get more attention u=in fact ill adthe sample letter to 1st post


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@soaring-eagle
6 years ago
27,402 posts
ok rewrote it


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Creator and head dreadhead at:
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Glider pilot student at:
Freedoms wings international
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
6 years ago
27,402 posts
i think mr obomma has enough problems cleanning up bushes mess and dealing with dumbass republicans who want to be sure he gets nothing done even if the country gets so screwed we never can recover just so thety can say see the democrats count make things better...but yea this really shows just how bad things have gotten we are losing all our rightshell theres a psycho preist in florida who wants to run for pres as a repub and outlaw jeans make it a death penalty to take antihistemenes wants to take kids away from gay parents and put the parents in mental wards and any crime at all would mean life behind bars no stepping outside no windows bread wayer diets no windows no rights at all and he wants a national dress code women must wear floor length dresses and if you masterbate your thrown in jailthings are bad..but they could get worseif some people get theyre way we wont have any rights at all..


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Creator and head dreadhead at:
Dreadlocks Site
Glider pilot student at:
Freedoms wings international
craig huckins
@craig-huckins
6 years ago
2 posts
You may also want to mention that a member of the New Zealand parliament wears dreads... I hate the mindset that dreads are only for dope crazed crysty hippies! I love the confusion on peoples faces when I'm going to work in my pinstripe suit, shirt and tie with dreads. They just cant figure it out... Poor minibrains.
Island Mamma
@island-mamma
6 years ago
530 posts
Public school was invented to make good soldiers and factory workers.
GratefulNick
@gratefulnick
6 years ago
156 posts
I agree with Island momma, it's true.kind of writing this from both sides.But I think the school kind of has arguement tho, if you kid has dreadlocks and goes to school the number one thing they are going to say is that they have lice, or that the child plays with them during class and doesn't get there school work done, or that the childs dreadlocks takes away other childrens attention spans during class.With the army or religous schools, they are given a uniform and a short hair cut, and because everybody looks the same there probrobaly is less descrimination against one another, its like the pot calling the kettle black they all look the same. As there alot of hippies here that think that we should all be able to live and grow up as one big happy family, thats the way it should be.
Island Mamma
@island-mamma
6 years ago
530 posts
There was a native boy who had his hair chopped off by a teacher here in Canada because it was long and a distraction! UM girls have long hair allll the time I don't see no one lopping of their hair!Its so crazy how people get so up in arms about some one elses hair!
MiDread
@midread
6 years ago
187 posts
Uuuhmmmm.... Dumb-Ass Conservative Republican opinion here people (guess I am the ONLY conservative republican with dreads here.. and by the way - I HATE Obama and all of his Socialist-elite lackies, so can we keep the insulting political slurs out of it????) Anyway - All of the public schools in my school district have instituted a uniform policy, which I believe is their right to do. Both of my sons attend a public charter school, which has a uniform, hair, tattoo and piercing policy. My boys cannot have their hair below the collar on their shirt.While we do get frustrated with the school at times because of some of the uber anal policies, we realize that it is not done to be mean or discriminatory. I have seen some of the kids on non-uniform days, the girls look like a bunch of tramps and the majority of the boys just look like idiots. I can't believe that parents would let their kids out of the house looking like some of the kids I have seen. Believe me, my son's rights are not being trampled on. He has plenty of time after he graduates to grow his hair however he wants, cover himself in tattoos and pierce his body from one end to the other if that is what he wants to do.If either of my boys ever decide they just HAVE to grow their hair or have dreads or get tired of uniforms, then I will find another school that will accept whatever they want to do (or home school). But, it better be something worth really fighting for at their age. Right now, it's not killing them. I nuture each of my child's opinions and expressions of personality and believe me, they are individuals in every way despite their school requirements. They are not learning to conform, or be little "soldiers". They are learning that they can't always have everything their way and that there are certain standards society requires - sad and frustrating as it may be. When they are out of high school and on their way to college or whatever, they can decide for themselves if they want to conform or not.I am, however, surprised that dreadlocks would be banned. They must not be aware of the religious implications of dreadlocks. As anal as government is (hence, the public school system) about tolerating any religious expression (except apparently, Christianity), I would think that they would be falling all over themselves to accomodate any kind of outward expression of a particular faith, whether it be Islamic, Rastafarian or friggin' devil worship. Maybe this forum should just enlighten them to the fact there are religious issues with dreads and see how fast they back-track.
dreadymomma
@dreadymomma
6 years ago
4 posts
wow i had heard something about this and thought surely it wasnt true.. my son is growing his hair out for dreads he made the decision himself and i support him..my mother made a comment about how they wouldnt allow it and i thought she was just bieng herself which i dont have to explain for you to understand im sure i am throughly dissapointed in the school systems in this state as a whole anyway even though i love louisiana and i am appalled allthough not suprised at this kind of behavior it will take everyone to stand up for thier rights as individuals to bring this repression to a halt i am def behind you on stopping this revolting opposition
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