Tiana Parker’s school has started to change some of its policies after the grade school student was forced out due to her natural hairstyle. How are you looking at the situation?
The Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus is getting involved, state senators are making public statements, petitions are circulating and have already been signed by over 20,000 people, but still no apology from the school administration that started the problem.
Let me rewind.
On Friday, August 30, Terrance Parker withdrew his daughter, 7-year-old Tiana Parker from her charter school, Deborah Brown Community School, in Tulsa, Oklahoma after her dreadlocks were deemed “inappropriate” by her school’s administration.
The policy Tiana was said to be in violation of states, “”Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
The story caught national and local news attention, along with the attention of thousands of people worldwide. From Twitter and Facebook to online magazines and independent blog sites, this incident caused much controversy and conversation in the online realm.
So, now you have three choices. You can look at the cup half full, half empty or just simply for what it is: a cup. You can believe that with the state involved and working to get all the correct people on board, this policy will be changed soon.
Or you can dwell on the terrible truths of this situation and the fact that although some steps have been made the administration still has yet to apologize.
O you can simply choose to understand that although this terrible situation happened to one little girl, because of her struggle she has helped prevent another from going through that same thing.
It’s all about perspective. What’s yours?