Quick Question: Did Your School Impose Hairstyle Restrictions?

And were those restrictions, like, totally racist?
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And were those restrictions, like, totally racist?

The XO email inboxes were all atwitter with reactions to the news that an Ohio school had banned--y'all ready for this?--"afro-puffs and small twisted braids."

This is from a letter sent to parents about the next school year's dress-code changes. I've circled the line in question, for your outrage convenience.

This is from a letter sent to parents about the next school year's dress-code changes. I've circled the line in question, for your outrage convenience.

Clearly, these rules were written by someone who has no clue about natural hair.

As the Black Girl with Long Hair blog explains: "It’s unclear what the administration means by small twisted braids, but if they are referring to box braids they are banning a protective style that black girls have worn for generations. Afro-puffs are essentially the black version of the ponytail (when pulled back our hair puffs out instead of laying down), and yet the rules do not have a ban on ponytails for students of other ethnicities."

While it's true that there are hair rules that apply to all students, like no Mo-hawks [sic] or hair dye, this is the only one that clearly applies to a specific race. And that's kinda effed up.

I have to admit, it also kind of bothers me that that there's a gender-specific hair-length rule. Or any hair rules, for that matter. Maybe I've been spoiled by schools that had more liberal dress-code policies, but I just don't think a boy with bleached, shoulder-length "small twisted braids" would serve as a humongous educational distraction.

Today's Quick Question: Did your school impose hairstyle restrictions? Also: Do you think it was right for the school to lift the "afro-puff and small twisted braids" ban (which they did after a parental and internet angerfest), or is it totally their right to make a rule like that?