Recently an Ohio school released a letter to parents, detailing the types of hair styles, clothing styles and other forms of self-expression that would no longer be acceptable at school. On that list were popular Black hair style like, “Afro puffs, braided and small twisted braids, with or without rubber bands.” After getting some public shine on the popular blog, Black Girl Long Hair and receiving backlash, the school issued an apology.
“It had nothing to do with young ladies, young African-American ladies. It was really more so addressing young African-American men here at this school. We want to maintain a certain type of college prep culture here, and we just want the young men to be well-groomed.” -James Knight, an advisory board member, told The Huffington Post in an exclusive interview.
Well-groomed?! So, when a little Black girl wants to wear her hair the way it naturally grows from her scalp, it’s seen as not groomed? This of course isn’t the first time we’ve heard this ridiculous claim, but for it to come at a school level is extremely ridiculous. These are the years that little girls need to value who they are for what they have. And if schools are keeping them from being authentically themselves, how will they mature and feel confident in who they are?
This lame apology has gotten my wheels turning. Public apologies seem to be an on-going trend. From cheaters like Tiger Woods to racists like Paula Deen or Mel Gibson–the words “I’m sorry” have never seemed so disingenuous. “I is what I is;” come on Paula Deen, really!? Check out five of the worst celebrity apologies:
I’ve lost count of the amount of apologies Mel Gibson has had to issue. First, he said “I’m sorry” for is anti-Semitic comments, then he had to apologize to his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child for an assault that damaged her teeth and blackened her eyes. There are not enough apologies in the world for this man.