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?