Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank. But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.
Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.
“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”
VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.
“There have been bullies in the school,” said Kent. “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”
“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.
So instead of Faith Christian Academy doing something about the bullies, they’re going to reprimand a 12-year-old because of her hair?
“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
it’s hard enough for black girls to feel beautiful without those in authority sending the message that their hair is unacceptable. this story is disgusting and unfortunately not the first or last case. it’s a damn shame that every part of a black girl’s body is politicized, at all ages
this is so stupid …
I’m so proud of her mother.
I signed the petition. I called the school and left a message. I am not playing. And yall shouldn’t either. Sign it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/faith-christian-academy-confront-guilty-students-for-bullying-not-fault-victims-for-wearing-their-hair-in-its-natural-state?share_id=IYDUMdeZVj&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
Reposting again for the cheap seats in the back. Let’s do something!
It would be great for everything to be “even” wouldn’t it? But how is that possible when this society was built by torturing of blacks and Natives. Whites have never actually “apologized” for slavery. They simply just say they “feel bad” and then try to erase the evil things they did. Blacks were forced to work for 200+ years without education, salary, land of their own. While whites were given that, so when slavery ended it was like whites had been training all year for a race and were prepared while blacks were just getting back from a serious injury.
Also do you realize that black babies were used as gator bait to lure alligators. They would tie them to a tree, toss them in the water, or put them in cages. Do you know anything about the horrific acts that were committed against blacks?
They don’t even teach black history in schools. “apologize and honor black people” White people are honored 365 days a year. Why is it a problem that another race is being honored? Lets be real here America was built by the slaughtering Natives Americans and the forced free labor from blacks. Whites did the paper work. I’ll admit whites did build cool inventions but, we would have to research the truth behind it since there has been cases of whites taking black inventions…
Native Americans were given some compensation for what the whites did to them.
Japanese were given some compensation for the Internment camps
Were blacks given any kind of compensation? No. That 40 acres and Mule was a lie, most freed slaves were given nothing. They had no education, no money, the only thing they knew of America was that plantation.
To make things even that would mean things had to be fair right? How is that possible when everything was set out to limit and oppress blacks from the beginning.
After slavery came black codes which limited the blacks, later on came Jim Crow laws. Civil Rights movement came in the 1960s. Lets be realistic though, blacks weren’t able to get decent good paying jobs till the 70s so thats about what? 44 years go, and they are still suffering even now. Did you know that schools are more segregated now than they were in the 1950s?
How about the fact that whites are more likely to do illegal drugs but its black America thats facing the time?
Why are blacks deemed as trashy party goers, and hyper sexualized when its always been white teens?
Whites complain about affirmative actions but WHITE WOMAN are the biggest recipient.
I think America would be great if it was “even” but lets be real whites have the power, if they wanted it to be “even” they could be doing a lot more than the stuff they do now.
Its not just a black-white thing either. Other races have to deal with the unfairness of not being white. Native Americans are still struggling and are a minority in their OWN COUNTRY. Each race is struggling to get representation and have their own issues with this racist system. We live in a society where “White is right”.
With America’s history how you can think that it will ever be “even”? Whites have always been at the top, its not because blacks or other PoC wanted it that way its because they were forced into this system.
Bet you weren’t expecting all this. There more that could be said about all races dealing with whiteness.
But to answer your question it would take a LONGGGG time before things would be “even”. To make things “even” the WHOLE judicial, educational, and the structure of society would have to change.
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I love the behind the scenes videos from this shoot
John Arthur "Jack" Johnson
Arrived to us on March 31, 1878 and departed this life on June 10, 1946.
Six feet-two inches and two hundred pounds of self proclaimed Free Man!
A white man who pleaded guilty to six robberies in Ohio used a black mask so lifelike that police initially arrested a black man for one of the crimes.
Zdzierak stole about $15,000 in the robberies of four banks, a credit union and a pharmacy that occurred in March and April - crimes in which witnesses reported that the robber was black and surveillance video appeared to show a black man.
Zdzierak’s masked resemblance to the black man who was initially arrested was so similar that some witnesses even identified a photo of the black man as the one who robbed them, McDowell said.
Are u fucking serious.
There are many people who might think it a bad, or racist thing to promote relationships between all women and strictly black men. But this is just what they see on the surface. The attraction that all women are showing for black men goes much deeper than just skin color. It goes to the type of men they are. The attraction that a growing number of all women are showing for black men is a wonderful thing, and since it is the choice of women, it is also a natural thing that is moving mankind in the direction of one race, created by black men and women of all races. It is a beautiful thing that should be supported by all and it is ok to accept and encourage more women to be with black men, even for those men who aren’t black. As everyday more and more women create beautiful children with black men, it brings us all closer to racial unity.
The New World Order
Lupita Nyong’o at 45th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena
Anala Beevers from New Orleans learned the alphabet when she was four months old and by 18 months had mastered numbers in Spanish. Anala’s parents said that Anala is proficient in English and constantly corrects them on their grammar lol.
She Scored an astounding 145 on the IQ test. Which puts her at the top 1% of society. She has also been accepted into the “High IQ Mensa Society” the second youngest person ever to be accepted.
Anala’s Parents say that she keeps them on their toes never ceasing to amaze them.
I have mixed opinions about the “IQ test” with Black children however I think it’s a great accomplishment.
Go Anala!!Post Written by @solar_innerg#sancophaleague
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Do you know what woman has the most presidential campaigns to her name? Yes, it’s a Black woman! Her name is Isabell Masters:
Dr. Isabell Masters was born Isabell Arch in Oklahoma City in 1913. She received her bachelor’s in education from Langston University….