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Kinky hair less worthy, Mr Walker?

Published:Friday | March 4, 2016 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I wish to comment on a statement mentioned in an article published titled 'Hair-raiser - Scores of KC students sent home for mohawks and fades' (Gleaner, March 1, 2016): "Responding to accusations that the school is lenient with students of Indian and Chinese [descent], Walker said, "Students expect them to bald their head like mine, but it can't be that the same rule applies, for obvious reasons. We have to use our discretion."

What are the obvious reasons? Is it that natural African hair at a particular height is unprofessional or uncomely? If that is the case, we need a drastic change in our society as to where African males and females are not frowned upon by embracing their natural hair. We ought not to unconsciously embrace this European colonial thinking of kinky hair being unprofessional or uncomely, forcing our females to relax their hair and males to cut theirs to an almost bald height, while students of other descents or mixed descent are not subjected to the same rule.

My response was not made as an attack on Kingston College or its dean of discipline, Ainsworth Walker. In fact, I have no problem with the school rule of the hair being on one level, or the enforcement of other rules. However, if there is an issue of the height of the hair at that or any other institution, and Chinese and Indians, etc, are allowed to have their hair at a higher height than those of primarily African descent, we ought to check our ideals as a society and see what message we are sending.

KARIM CAMPBELL

University Student

campbellkarim@

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