State Rep. Candidate Says School District’s ‘No Dreadlocks’ Dress Code Is ‘Racist’

Attica Scott via Kentucky Educational Television screengrab

A soon-to-be lawmaker in Kentucky says the dress code for her daughter’s school is racist because it prohibits hairstyles associated with black people. Attica Scott tweeted the rules from Jefferson County Public Schools on Wednesday.

“No dreadlocks, cornrolls [cornrows], twists…will be worn in hair,” the district said. Afros are to be two inches long at most. Students who break the rules won’t be allowed back in class until their attire is corrected.”

“I don’t understand why we’re going to focus on something like natural hair styles when we should be focused on education,” Scott, who is black, told The Courier-Journal. “They specifically outlined hairstyles that are worn most by black kids. To me, this stinks of institutional racism.”

She’s certainly gotten her share of support on Twitter.

“It’s a policy that’s been in place. It’s not a new policy, and we appreciate that the concern has been brought to our attention, because our board of education is adamant in its policies about being inclusive,” JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens told WDRB. She said the district is reviewing the policy.

Scott, who beat two opponents in the local Democratic primary, technically isn’t a lawmaker yet, but it’s kind of hard to lose since she’s running unopposed in the November 8 general election.

[Screengrab via Kentucky Educational Television]

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