Morehouse College’s new dress code is the subject of a debate about urban trends and professional dress.
Morehouse College, a historically black institution in Atlanta, is undergoing a bit of a fashion makeover.
The current president of the school, Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr., is knee-deep in his "Five Wells: well-read, well-spoken, well-traveled, well-dressed and well-balanced" plan for the young men of his school, which was responsible for educating notable African-Americans like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now, the well-dressed part is under scrutiny as Dr. Franklin has outlawed many popular items like do-rags and pajamas outside of dorms, sunglasses in the clasrooms, and jeans at official programs. He’s ruled that there will be no women’s clothes on men, dental grills or sagging pants at any time.
College alumni and current students alike have reacted to the new rules with mixed emotions.
"Morehouse is a private college. One that is responsible for educating the next generations of black businessmen, leaders, doctors," wrote an alum on the personal blog, The Bad Life. "I’m not saying a dress code that prevents people from dressing like goons or tagalogs from ‘RHOA [Real Housewives of Atlanta]‘ is going to change that. But it sends a pretty clear message to the people that want to go there: Get your fu#$ing sh&t together…There’s a standard here. Something that’s sorely lacking in most black communities."
A fellow alum and commenter on his blog disagreed, writing, "There is absolutely no way the administration at other top-tier schools we compete against for students would give one sh&t if you decided to wear ‘grillz’ to the homecoming football game."
He continued with, "I’d hope that if a kid shows up to his interview with a 1580 [SAT score], great leadership and a real interest in the college, that he wouldn’t be turned away because he likes to wear lipstick on Saturdays…I wish my school was more concerned about effectiveness than optics."
What do you think about the restrictions, are they necessary or overly extreme?