What is the best school dress code that eliminates the perception of racism?

The perception of racism associated with school dress codes continues plague and polarize public schools across the nation. School administrators are responsible to ensure that nothing in their control detracts any student from the opportunity to learn. School dress codes play a pinnacle role in ensuring that educational distractions are minimized. Schools must refrain from a power over decision making process that leads to the perception of racism associated with the school dress code.

A Massachusetts public school appears to have embraced a school dress code deemed as racist. The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School has disciplined several Black and biracial female students for violating the school dress code policy. The policy prohibits extensions, listing them as one example of a hairstyle that could be distracting to other students. The ACLU has responded to the parents concerns by filing a complaint with the state education department.

How could hair extensions provide a need for a school dress code policy?

A hair extension is a method for lengthening one’s hair by incorporating human or synthetic hair. Women and young girls choose to wear hair extensions to:

  • Extend the length
  • Add color
  • Add volume
  • Add style
  • Accessorize
  • Easy Usage

Hair extensions are designed to help beautify the person. Schools have a different perspective which could be deemed a racist school dress code policy. The reason that the school dress code policy could be deemed as racist is because White female students have an opportunity to wear their hair at any length and various colors. The styles and lengths for hair are numerous. This has resulted in disproportionate discipline for Black female students.

According to Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies,  males are suspended in greater numbers than females overall, race and ethnicity turn out to be substantial risk factors for Black girls when they are compared to their White counterparts. Data released by the Department of Education for the 2011–2012 school year reveal that while Black males were suspended more than three times as often as their White counterparts, Black girls were suspended six times as often as their White counterparts. Only 2 percent of White females were subjected to exclusionary suspensions in comparison to 12 percent of Black girls.

According to Vernellia R. Randall, professor Emeriti of Law for the University of Dayton , schools dress codes that prohibit afros, afro puffs, dreadlocks, small twisted braids, and other culturally Black styles implies that the Black body is unacceptable, unruly, and unprofessional. These type of school dress code policies are damaging to the psyche of Black children and imply that the traits of Blacks are bad the traits of Whites are good.

The response from Randall is historical. The army set the stage for labeling Blacks as inferior by using the Alpha and Beta test that contained a number of visual information processing tasks that Blacks are not proficient at. American societal beliefs that posit Blacks as inferior to European Americans results in Blacks developing psycho-behavioral modalities such as self-hatred, over-identification with those in power, anxiety, hostility, aggression, and a general inadequate development of the motivational, cognitive, and intellectual skills necessary to survive American society.

This has caused Black parents to prepare and protect their children. Black parents prepare their children to live in a dual cultural world that involves helping them to develop skills for adult roles such as wage earners and parenthood in addition to negotiating a dominant society that has different cultural values and judges people by their skin color or ethnic background. Blacks who live in an urban society and a society that dislikes them for the color of their skin ensure they do not become victims by approaching people with caution, wariness, and a sense of distrust.

Schools can eliminate this perception that utilizes a team building process by including parental input. The will not only eliminate the perception of racism but it will also eliminate the power over nature that normally leads to unintended racist policies associated with school dress codes.

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All the best,

Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology

The Raccelerate Phenomenon

Treasures of Hidden Racism in Education



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About Classroom Racism Exterminator

Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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