We live in a predominantly black nation, The Bahamas.
Yet, the principal of CR Walker High School has a major problem with teenage girls wearing their natural hair, calling it “untidy, un-groomed, un-kept and looks like it hasn’t been combed in days”.
See below video of news story.
In the clip above the Mrs Mackay laments the fact that it’s becoming more difficult for the principal and administrators to enforce the rules & regulations. She sees this as a discipline issue over what she calls, an inappropriate hairstyle.
While I can sympathize with the challenges of dealing with teenagers in today’s society, She completely misses the fact that she is essentially telling her students that their natural African hair is somehow unnatural. Which is a form of self hate.
The problem here isn’t discipline, but the Principal’s outdated and prejudiced concepts that deem African as inferior or ugly compared to European.
Social Media Backlash
The comments by the principal and the alleged threat to suspend the teen and other students if they don’t perm their hair by Monday, has spurred a huge social media backlash against the Principal.
Here’s a look at the hairstyle that launched this controversy