The article below is an example of a Microinsult. It illustrates how Students of Color experience racial microaggressions on a daily basis.
Rebecca.Klein@huffingtonpost.com (Rebecca Klein) - Sep 10, 2013 9:22:39 PM
TULSA, Okla. -- An Oklahoma charter school has changed its dress code after inciting criticism for telling a 7-year-old girl that her dreadlocks violated the school's policy.
The new policy says only that students and parents are responsible for personal hygiene and that administrators have the right to contact parents or guardians regarding such issues. There are no specifications on hair styles.
School board president Kenneth James said in a statement that it was not the school administration's intent to harm Tiana or her family and he apologized if any harm did occur.
James said the ban on dreadlocks, afros and other hairstyles was due to health and safety concerns.
A spokeswoman for the Parker family said family members were not available for an interview Tuesday. In a statement, Tiana's parents, Terrance and Miranda Parker, said no board decision could "change the fact that our 7-year-old daughter Tiana was made to feel that there was something wrong with her appearance, in turn coming home in tears."
They said they've been contacted by community leaders, civil rights advocates, women empowerment groups and attorneys, and are "exploring all of their options."
The Parkers did not attend Monday night's school board vote.
The school says nearly 100 percent of its students are African-American.