Meet Mya and Deanna Cook:
They were banned from their prom and their track meets because of their hair extensions. Their school has a policy against “unnatural” hair styles such as extensions and hair dye. They even have a policy against afros as well.
The ACLU filed a complaint and the school has suspended the policy for the rest of the school year. However, the Cook girls’ parents say that this isn’t enough.
Their father, Aaron Cook, said:
“I truly believe that they don’t have an understanding of how it’s targeting, how it’s discriminatory, how it’s racially biased. The five members of the board. Four are white males and I believe that there’s one Asian woman. So there’s no person of color on the board. There’s no full-time staff teacher who is a black teacher at the school. They’re all white males, females and a couple of Asian folks. So I really think that the school just doesn’t get it. And unfortunately, I think it’s going to take our continued efforts kind of trying to work through the school with the school to get them to change the makeup of the board, the makeup of the administration and to change their hire-in policies around diversity.”
The NAACP, the ACLU, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice have all taken up this family’s fight to have the policy stricken completely from the school’s handbook. It unfairly targets students of color, and students need to stop being punished unfairly.
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