Memo to School Administrators: Afros and Dreads Aren't "Faddish" Hairstyles
Afros may have represented revolutions in America's past, being proudly worn in the '60s and '70s by such cultural icons as The Black Panthers and the ultra-fierce Angela Davis during the explosion of the Civil Rights movement, a famously tense and fraught time in our country's history. But what the Afro also stood for, along with revolution, was the rejection of assimilation, the rejection of the need to look like everyone else (i.e. white people), the rejection of the idea that Blacks had to set aside parts of their Blackness in order to fit into the White culture of America. Asking that little girl not to have dreads was asking her to deny something that is at her very core: hair follicles and history. And she needs to build her life owning both.