Banning ethnic hairstyles ‘upholds this notion of white supremacy.’ States pass laws to stop natural hair discrimination

USA Today explores the issue 6-year-old Clinton Stanley Jr.  being banned from entering the classroom by administrators on his first day of school. The administrator cited a school policy banning dreadlocks.

Such guidance also can inflict psychological harm, says Gillian Scott-Ward, a psychologist in New York who directed the hair and racial identity documentary "Back to Natural." She says people of color often feel rejected by society when they can't wear ethnic hairstyles and many black girls are taught at a young age they must straighten their naturally kinky hair to be beautiful. 

“Black people have had to hide what our real natural hair looks like … for so long," Scott-Ward says. “We are introducing who we really are to the world and I think that’s a shift.”

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