Saw the original story in the comments section, and decided to post what the parent had written.

My Daughter, Her Hair, and the Seattle School District
A Few Thoughts About My Daughter Getting Ejected from Her Class at Thurgood Marshall Elementary Last Week
by Charles Mudede

Some people were all on my case about something I wrote for Slog, The Stranger’s blog, concerning a Chinese girl found wandering the streets of Vancouver, BC, two weeks ago with a blond doll. I was thought cold for taking too much notice of the racial difference between the girl and her doll. But in my world, race is still a real and hard fact. It is not something that I have a theoretical or intellectual distance from. It is immediate. It is there all of the time.

For example, just last week, my daughter—who is 8 and happens to be the only brown person in her Accelerated Progress Program class at Thurgood Marshall Elementary—was ordered out of the classroom because her teacher did not like the smell of her hair. The teacher complained that my racially different daughter’s hair (or something—a product—in the hair) was making her sick, and then the teacher made her leave the classroom. My daughter was aware of the racial nature of this expulsion not only because she was made to sit in a classroom that had more black students in it (the implication being that this is where she really belongs, in the lower class with the other black students), but because her teacher, she informed me, owns a dog. Meaning, a dog’s hair gives the teacher less problems than my daughter’s human but curly hair. Most white people do not have to deal with shit like this. Shit that if not checked and confronted will have permanent consequences for the child.

Over the weekend, KIRO-TV ran a story on its evening newscast about the situation. The news segment showed the hair product that my daughter used, Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion, and brief interviews with her mother and lawyer. The lawyer smelled the hair product and claimed it was harmless; her mother expressed distress about the whole situation. The story wrapped up with a reporter standing outside of my daughter’s school in the Central District, explaining that he could not get a response from the teacher or the school’s principal because the school was closed for the long weekend. That was all you learned from the KIRO story.

Rest of article at link above.

I’ve had natural hair going on five years. While I am happy about my decision, part of me is disappointed in myself that it took that long for me to come to that decision.

When I think of this young girl, being nurtured by her parents to accept who she is; to love herself – as she is, from head to toe. That they’ve done such a good job that this child was in the advanced class….

and then to think of this supposed EDUCATOR.


They need to sue. Sue hard.

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