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And our apology culture continues to flourish…

The Ohio charter school that gained national attention for a ban against afro puffs is asking for the public’s forgiveness. The apology comes in the wake of backlash from a letter, sent to parents at Horizon Science Academy before being obtained by Black Girl Long Hair, which stated that “afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with or without rubber bands are NOT permitted.”

It was immediately viewed as racist, and a fallout ensued. Following the backlash, the school’s administration sent out an apology letter on Sunday saying that the ban was misunderstood. “It had nothing to do with young ladies, young African-American ladies. It was really more so addressing young African-American men here at this school,” James Knight, an advisory board member, told The Huffington Post. “We want to maintain a certain type of college prep culture here, and we just want the young men to be well-groomed.” The dean of students, Jayson Bendik, told the Morning Journal it was an “oversight” and a “mistake” that was “fixed […] immediately.”

Like most public apologies these days, it rings hollow. Many are wondering if the ponytail band applies to non-black male students as well. And some are taking issue with Knight’s statement, which may suggest that textured or braided hair isn’t “well-groomed.”

What are your thoughts on the school’s apology, Clutchettes?

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  • This is what happens when there’s no diversity at a table making decisions.

  • Person

    I agree with the other comments talking about racism and etc. But this “ban” Also ruins child self respect because they think they have to change for another person…
    Children and adults should be able to express themselves and how they feel and by taking away something apart of their culture and something apart of there personality
    is wrong.. #Beyourself #DontChangeforanother

  • Delores

    Ok well this doesn’t make anyone feel better! I can’t believe CNN and other national news syndicates haven’t made some time to jump on this ridiculous story! So why can other males of other races wear pony tails? What does well groomed mean to them? Oh I suppose it means slick silky hair? Lol “Groomed hair” To me means:clean, conditioned combed or brushed in any direction and doesn’t smell. These peoole are just idiots and need to shut down because they are not really educating our children. Someone needs to tell them that education goes BEYOND reading, math,science and history!