Welcome to this year’s 30th installment of “Hey black girl. Your hair makes me uncomfortable, so it’s wrong. Please do something else with it.”
Vanessa VanDyke, a 12-year-old student at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla. was told by school officials that she had one week to choose between her glorious hair or expulsion.
“It says that I’m unique,” VanDyke told Local10.com her mane. “First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in.”
The issue? According to officials, her hair doesn’t meet the guidelines laid out in the student handbook: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction.”
Yes, the hair growing quite naturally out of Van Dyke’s scalp is a distraction for some, and of course, that’s Van Dyke’s problem.
The controversy sparked a discussion about all of the uncomfortable scenarios and unfair decisions black women have to make about their hair.