With the reemergence of this popular trend, there has been much praise and disapproval from many different parties. Some applaud the look while others seem turn the other the cheek in disbelief.
Just yesterday, in a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 12-year-old African American student by the name of Vanessa VanDyke was given a week to straighten out her natural puff in order to remain in attendance at Faith Christian Academy, a private school in Orlando, FL. Her hair was deemed a "distraction" to administrators and the school as a whole after her mom reported that she was being bullied for it. The whole story can be found here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/report-african-american-girl-faces-expulsion-over-/nb5M7/ as well as in the video below:
Clearly this is just another case of ignorance, which is very understandable because black hair is a very tough subject to learn. BUT if you don't completely study it and learn to understand, just let it be. I'm sorry our hair is the jack of all trades, comes in all shapes, sizes, lengths, textures. Not all black hair is the same. Of course our hair doesn't define who we are but it is definitely a staple in our cultural identity. It makes us proud to be who we are and to knock a girl down for it is uncalled for. By the grace of God, you can tell she was raised in a home where acceptance, creativity, and self-expression is key because that kind of news would certainly take an identity-crisis-toll on someone who wasn't. Kudos to her parents!
I showed the video and read the story to my 7 and 2-year old nieces. I had to explain it into terms that they would understand and am proud to say that they comprehended. Whether their hair is straightened, in a puff ball, or in braids and beads, it is important to let them know that I love their hair for however it is and they happily agreed. The last thing I want is for them to deal with an occurrence such as this one but if they ever do, they'll be ready.
"Get the ScOop.!"