Friday, January 24, 2020
Today I am grateful for righteous anger. No, I’m not talking about politics, though there is plenty to be angry about. I’m talking about hair. HAIR!
It is incomprehensible to me that in the year 2020 there are still students who are being told cut your hair or you can’t attend graduation. Really? “It’s school policy,” some idiot from the Texas school said, “it’s about the length. It’s too long.” Yeah right. It’s about the length alright. Here’s a thought. . .your rules are archaic!!!! CHANGE YOUR POLICY! See how easy that was?
Back in my day of the Vietnam War and protestors and the Beatles (horrors) hair was a big issue. So called draft dodgers let their hair grow down to their asses and “grown-ups” went berserk. Why? It’s just hair. Symbolic maybe, but so what?
I am outraged whenever I hear that someone’s hair becomes an issue. Last night when we were watching the news, they played the clip of that poor wrestler getting his hair cut before he could finish his match. I cried. A lot. It’s HAIR! Let him alone!
It’s the one thing that every single person in the world should be able to wear the way they want to. If you want pink or purple or shaved or long or dreads or flat ironed it is simply no one else’s business but yours! No one’s! You don’t have to like it, just accept that it is none of your business. Or mine. Until now when I’m just plain angry!
To learn that the young men in question this time come from Trinidad, a culture where dreadlocks are very common, outrages me even more. When our school rules. . .any school. . .do not take into consideration the customs of other nationalities or cultures then we are failing our children. Failing! If the dreads were on a white person would they enforce the same rule? Are the girls allowed to have long hair? I’m curious.
I’m not a big fan of tattoo’s and I’d probably never get one in my life. Notice I said “probably” because I know better than to say “never”. I go to the dermatologist regularly and that’s enough “marking” for me. But I would never, ever, EVER judge someone for getting tattoo’s, because it’s their choice. And some of that artwork is amazing.
It’s the same with body piercings for me. Not gonna do it and confess to being a little distracted and sometimes skeeved out by some of them, but if it’s what you want, then go for it. It’s your body.
We do nothing about assault weapons and some think it might be a good idea to put guns in the hands of teachers. Really? Yet we are afraid of dreadlocks? It’s ludicrous! Oh, but what about the “rules” and “our policy”. Change the rules! Change the policy! It’s not hard. It’s 2020.
No one’s dreadlocks are going to hurt you. And I am righteously angry and outraged that our society is still setting rules for what individuals should do with their own hair! Get with the program!