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Re: School Tells 16-Year-Old to Change Her Natural-Style Hair
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2019, 03:41:35 am »
Friday, 27th September 2019
Boys Pin Down Black Classmate, Cut Her Dreadlocks at Virginia School
by NBC Washington Staff






Three sixth-grade boys at a Christian school in Northern Virginia pinned down a black classmate and cut off some of her dreadlocks while telling her her hair was "nappy" and "ugly," she told News4.

Twelve-year-old Amari Allen said the three boys, who she said are white, cut off her hair on Monday.

She's a student at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, where Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen Pence, teaches part-time.

"They said my hair was nappy and I was ugly," she said.
 
Amari's grandfather Dewaune Allen said the ambush hurt him.

"My heart just broke," he said.

"I was just paralyzed. I couldn't get myself together."

Though Karen Pence works at the school, the Allens said they did not see any connection between her and the attack.

Head of School Stephen Danish said administrators were "deeply disturbed by the allegations."

"We take seriously the emotional and physical well-being of all our students, and have a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying or abuse," he said in a statement.

Danish said they asked police to conduct a thorough investigation.

Amari — a straight-A student and violin player — said the boys started bullying her at the beginning of the school year.

On Monday, she was at recess and about to go down a slide when one of the boys grabbed her and put a hand over her mouth.

Another boy grabbed her arms. A third boy cut off some of her hair.

The bell rang and the boys ran off laughing.

Scared, Amari told no one. On Wednesday, her grandmother was doing her hair when she noticed long portions of it missing.

The girl started crying and told the whole story.

The family called Fairfax County police, who took a report of the incident.

Immanuel Christian School is an evangelical private school that that explicitly bars its employees from engaging in or condoning "homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" and "transgender identity," as NBC News reported earlier this year.

In January, Karen Pence started teaching art there two days a week after previously working at the school for 12 years.

The office of the second lady did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the incident this week.


















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Re: School Tells 16-Year-Old to Change Her Natural-Style Hair
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2019, 10:24:15 am »
Sunday, 22nd December 2019
'Crown Act' Now Law in NJ
by David Gialanella




Days after it passed through the Legislature with heavy support, a bill to prohibit discrimination based on hairstyles historically associated with race was signed into law.

Governor Phil Murphy signed the measure, S-3945/A-5564, late Thursday, he announced,

“in order to help ensure that all New Jersey residents can go to work, school, or participate in athletic events with dignity.”

“No one should be made to feel uncomfortable or be discriminated against because of their natural hair,” Murphy said in a statement.

The “Create a Respectful and Open Workspace for Natural Hair Act” or CROWN Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of a hairstyle, type or texture that is attributed with race and amends the Law Against Discrimination accordingly.

Hairstyles named specifically in the legislation are braids, locks and twists.

The effect of the legislation, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights director Rachel Wainer Apter said in a statement, is:


“Employers, housing providers, and places open to the public, including schools, cannot police natural black hairstyles.”

A primary sponsor of the measure, Senator Sandra Cunningham, D-Hudson, said in a statement that she is

“proud to see New Jersey become just the third state in the nation to put an end to this discriminatory practice.”

New York and California also have passed such a law.

“This law will ensure people of color are free to wear their hair however they feel best represents them, whether that be locks, braids, twists or curls.

No one should ever be told it is ‘unprofessional’ to embrace their culture,” Cunningham added.


The legislation was prompted by the case of Buena Regional High School junior Andrew Johnson, who a year ago was told by a referee that he must shave off his dreadlocks in order to participate in a wrestling meet, or else forfeit.


Video of the incident became a national story.

In addition to the legislation, the incident led to suspension of the meet’s referee and the issuance three months ago of the state’s

“Guidance on Race Discrimination Based on Hairstyle."














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Re: School Tells 16-Year-Old to Change Her Natural-Style Hair
« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 05:06:32 pm »
Thursday, 16th January
Representative Ayanna Pressley Discusses Alopecia for the First Time
by Jessica Moulite & Anne Branigin





Ayanna Pressley loves playing with her hair.

Before she became a Massachusetts Congresswoman Pressley would experiment with different hairstyles and textures, getting a weave and even cutting her own hair.

Lately, she’s been experimenting with lace-front wigs.

“One I call ‘FLOTUS’ because it feels very Michelle Obama to me, [and another] I call ‘Tracee,’ because it feels very Tracee Ellis Ross to me,” Pressley told me in an exclusive interview with The Root earlier this week.

But the wigs are a noticeable departure from her signature Senegalese and bomb twists, which have become synonymous with her political brand and made her the hero of little black girls across the country.

Now, the congresswoman has decided to go public as to her reason why:

She has alopecia.

“I think it’s important that I’m transparent about this new normal,” Pressley said.
 
The American Academy of Dermatology refers to alopecia as the official medical term for baldness.

And according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata makes the body attack its own healthy hair follicles,

“causing them to become much smaller and drastically slow down production to the point that hair growth may stop.”

Three of the most common ways alopecia areata presents itself are in the form of patches of baldness (alopecia areata), no hair on the head (alopecia totalis), and complete hair loss on a person’s entire body (alopecia universalis).

These types of alopecia differ from traction alopecia, which happens when hair is stressed at the roots.

And despite limited scientific research about racial disparities in experiencing alopecia, a July 2019 study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that African Americans experience alopecia areata at a higher rate than other racial groups.

There was even a survey conducted at Boston University of over 5,500 black women that revealed that nearly 48 percent of them dealt with hair loss.

And despite limited scientific research about racial disparities in experiencing alopecia, a July 2019 study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that African Americans experience alopecia areata at a higher rate than other racial groups.

There was even a survey conducted at Boston University of over 5,500 black women that revealed that nearly 48 percent of them dealt with hair loss.

Representative Ayanna Pressley first became aware of her hair loss last fall while getting her hair retwisted.

Very soon afterward, she was waking up every morning to total hair loss across the scalp.

The hair loss created additional challenges in an already-demanding Capitol Hill schedule, requiring Pressley to creatively conceal her growing baldness in the middle of getting votes, attending committee meetings, and giving press conferences.

The night Pressley lost her final piece of her hair was pivotal, she says.

Not only was it the night before drumphf’s impeachment vote in the House of Representatives, it was the anniversary of her mother’s death.

The sense of loss was manifold.

“I was missing her. I was mourning my hair. I was mourning the state of our democracy. I was mourning my mentor, Chairman Elijah Cummings,” she said.

Pressley had already been accused of being “militant” when she wore her hair in twists, so she knew her bald head, stripped of context, would undoubtedly be viewed as a political message.

So, she immediately sought out options.

She called her friend Angela Rye, who connected her to “hair caregiver” Jamal Edmonds.

Edmonds quickly created a custom wig for the Congresswoman, hours ahead of the time she was scheduled to deliver her vote to impeach the President of the United States.

“When I saw myself in the mirror, he had done a beautiful job, but I did not recognize myself,” she said.

“I was wearing this wig, fully clothed. But in that moment, I couldn’t recall the last time I’d ever felt more naked.”

After voting on the House floor, Pressley left and hid in a bathroom stall, feeling exposed, vulnerable, and embarrassed.

It was at that point that she remembered those same little girls looking up to her—and decided that when she was ready, she’d go public with her condition.

“I want to be freed from the secret and the shame that that secret carries with it,” Pressley said.

Though she’s still in the process of making peace with having alopecia, Pressley added that she’s making progress every day.

“It’s about self-agency. It’s about power. It’s about acceptance.”

And now that she’s public, she wants to experiment with different styles even more and find joy in those options.

For the first time ever, Pressley reveals her fully bald head and shares her very personal black hair journey in the video above.

Take a look.














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