The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has beatific a letter to the Florida Department of Apprenticeship this ages allurement that it ban schools from administration racist behavior that prohibit Black acceptance from cutting assertive hairstyles, such as dreadlocks, Afros and braids. The letter was beatific afterward a Huffington Post investigation into the issue.
The HuffPost analysis begin that at atomic 20 percent of clandestine schools accommodating in Florida’s Hope Scholarship Affairs accept austere beard behavior that borrow on the rights of Black acceptance to abrasion accustomed beard styles. For example, six schools ban or adapt dreadlocks, Afros and braids. The NAACP LDF cites this data, announcement the behavior for actuality either “discriminatory on their face” or advertence they “may advance to abominable appliance adjoin African-American students.”
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The Florida Hope Scholarship is a agenda affairs that gives about adjourned scholarships to kids who accept accomplished bullying. However, abounding of the schools that participate in this affairs either ban LGBTQ students or accept austere beard behavior that disproportionately affect African-American students, according to Huffington Post.
The analysis started afterwards video of a 6-year-old apprentice actuality angry abroad from aprivate academy in Florida went viral. The student, Clinton Stanley Jr., sported dreadlocks. The school, A Book’s Christian Academy, bans such hairstyles in its handbook.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund letter calls on assertive listed schools to actualize new beard behavior in appointment with association members, adage these schools should be across-the-board and accomplish to accouterment cultural adequacy training for adroitness and staff. The letter additionally asks the Department of Apprenticeship to analysis beard behavior at listed schools and appeal that any that are abominable are rescinded.
Florida academy agenda programs ban bigotry based on race. But, beard behavior aren’t covered beneath that ban and can aggregate a blazon of discrimination.