Locs are a big part of black culture in Florida.
That’s why it’s so controversial that so many schools in the Florida area enforce policies that directly impact African Americans more then any other demographic.
Instances like the Clinton Stanley Jr. situation where he was not allowed to start his first day of school because he had locs has brought a lot of media attention to this issue.
Are these policies in place to create better learning environments for students? Or is there is an undertone of discrimination aimed at African American children?
The NAACP LDF has taken an offensive position in this issue.
Angel S. Harris, Assistant Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, tells Florida’s Commissioner of Education to change discriminatory dress codes and hair policies in a formal letter:
It has come to the attention of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc. (“LDF”) that at least 24 private schools receiving funds from the Florida Department of Education’s Hope Scholarship Program possess dress code provisions (“Hair Policies” or, in the singular, “Hair Policy”) that are discriminatory on their face or may lead to discriminatory application against African-American students.
She goes on to point out how what we may identify as “traditional” racism has evolved in to an institutional form that is more discreet but equally effective.
The forms of racial discrimination most commonly seen in education have evolved. It is now rare to find a policy that explicitly excludes potential students based on skin color. However, subtle rules and restrictions based on racial stereotypes and proxies have the same force and effect.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940.
LDF is the nation’s oldest civil rights law organization dedicated to ensuring racial justice and equality.
Click Here to see full letter written to Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart.