It just happened again.— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 21, 2018
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.
Let's be clear - this is Christianity as White Supremacy. pic.twitter.com/22IIKD9UCk
"Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta" star Tokyo Vanity said that her niece was suspended from a Christian school in Louisiana for wearing braided hair extensions.
“Hi guys this my niece ... she was humiliated at school today at Christ The King School in Gretna Louisiana. ... she was pulled out of class amongst several other black girls a (sic) suspended for hair extensions.”
The girl attended Christ the King Elementary School, whose website says “We, Christ the King Parish, are a Catholic community of diverse and multicultural experiences.”
As long as you aren’t wearing African hairstyles, apparently.
The school said that when the grade-schooler came to class last week with a different braided style, she was sent home. The girl’s mother agreed to have her daughter’s hair redone into box braids but was again told her hair was in violation upon returning to class Monday. The girl’s mother then decided to remove her daughter from the school, according to the Archdiocese Catholic Schools Superintendent RaeNell Billiot Houston.
Black children shouldn’t have to continue to live in a country or a world that tries to crush their spirits, simply because they’re Black. Heartbreaking for this baby. Inhumane and unacceptable actions from the school. https://t.co/WRMNGdrDdl— Be A King (@BerniceKing) August 21, 2018
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.— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 21, 2018
I kid you not.
They made a rule in the summer of 2018 to prohibit THIS hairstyle. https://t.co/tZv0Wsbkcu
Honey this has always been America. Social media is just exposing what is in plain sight and has been here since Europeons landed in this country.— Jacqueline Johnson (@hotchef9) August 21, 2018
The school really ought to be ashamed of this policy, which was just introduced over the summer in an attempt to stop black children from wearing African hairstyles. If the school truly wants to create a diverse and multicultural experience for its students, perhaps they should stop trying to promote white supremacy and allow the students to bring diverse cultures into the classroom.
Banner/Thumbnail Photo Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko