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  •  parents who agree with you (2+ / 0-)
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    Pi Li, VClib

    should choose not to send their child to that school

    •  So they should avoid an otherwise (3+ / 0-)
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      good school because of a single racist policy?

      Or they could make a point of challenging the policy. Which it seems they're doing.

      •  A school is a package deal. (2+ / 0-)
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        So, yes, if they consider this policy racist they should not voluntarily send their children there. They have every right -- as you do -- to vehemently disagree with the policy.  But it's not their place to make the policy.  That's up to the school.  Parents can look at the policy and if they can't live with the policy, they should not send their children there.  If they decide to send their children there anyway even if they disagree with this one policy, that's their decision.  But they can't expect the charter school not to enforce the policy.  T

        Parents who do not consider a ban on a variety of hair styles including mohawks, afros, and dreadlocks to be racist (and apparently the African-American board who is behind the policy does not share your view that it is racist) can choose to have their children go there. But a parent who KNOWS the policy and who then chooses to send children then cannot expect the school not to enforce the policy.  

        As I said elsewhere, this is like choosing a Catholic school for your child and then being shocked - shocked -- when they teach your child that abortion is murder.

        If this were a traditional public school, I would feel completely differently.  

        •  So never try to change anything (3+ / 0-)
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          that's private, even if it's funded by the government.

          Even though the girl in question went through the previous year with the same hair style.

          And yes, a black board can implement racist policies. Internalized oppression is a powerful thing.

          •  The whole point of charter schools (2+ / 0-)
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            is to allow parents choices.  Apparently there are enough parents who disagree with you and want their children to attend this school knowing those stated policies to keep that school open.  Perhaps these kinds of policies are the REASON they are sending their children there.  You or I don't get to dictate to them. You or I don't get to say, yeah, I know you choose this school because it makes its kids have this certain look and prohibits kids from having certain looks (I imagine there are uniforms and ways of dressing to go with hair styles), but I disagree with that policy, so you don't get to make that choice for your kids.

            Suppose the policy of the school is that girls must wear a uniform dress, and boys can wear pants if they choose.  Lots of parents may choose that school because they WANT their child in that atmosphere.  I may think it's sexist that the girls don't get to wear pants (warmer and more comfortable in the winter). I should not send my kids there.  If I choose to anyway, I cannot expect the school not to enforce its policies.    

            That's the whole point of charter schools - the school responds to the demands of parents.  So, if you want to change things, the place to do that is with the parents making the choices.

          •  AoT - if the parents at the school don't like (0+ / 0-)

            the policy they should certainly try and change it. The one thing about charter schools I like is that parents have much more influence on policy than in the traditional public schools.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:03:21 AM PDT

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        •  The issue of black people's hair (3+ / 0-)

          is complicated because it's both racist and sexist.

          That is, while black boys and men could want to grow dreads or an Afro, they're not under any sort of social pressure to maintain any hair at all. Girls and women, on the other hand, are expected to have some hair. So when there's a policy that basically states "it's not OK for black people to wear their hair the way it comes out of their head", it's overwhelmingly girls and women who are affected. It's girls and women who have to spend a bunch of money on itchy wigs or painful braids or dangerous chemicals.

          The policy is still racist, but it's a form of racism that's easy for black men to propagate because they're not directly affected by it.

          "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

          by kyril on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 08:03:37 PM PDT

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        •  the problem is afros are not a fashion choice (0+ / 0-)

          If they were using chemicals to paint their faces like some tramps or their hair was twisted in unnatural fashions, then you have a point. A charter school can enforce discipline.

          To compare afros to mohawks is ridiculous unless white people grow mohawks naturally.

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