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Writers Against Racism: I Love My Hair?

I love receiving e-mails from readers I don’t know because I then go on a hunt to get to know them. Such was the case with Navjot Kaur who sent me a lovely e-mail today, which then led me to her blog SOCH (which means to think and reflect). I’ve been doing a lot of that lately.

Please read her post as it is most provocative, Don’t Believe Everything You Think: “A recent article in The Telegraph from the UK associates a school’s haircut policy with indirect racial discrimination.  An African-Caribbean teenager’s cornrows were apparently seen as an indication of gang culture and  so he was refused entry into his north London school gates back in September 2009.  He was 11 then.

What am I missing here?

Like life, the topic of hair has its own set of tangles and has truly tied me into a knot this week because on Friday I will be cutting mine off.  Pardon the puns but my goal is to get in front of one of the side effects of chemotherapy – hair loss – which starts on July 6 (chemotherapy that is).  Then I think of the many young people who live their lives with no hair, due to an illness of some sort. They cannot relate to that adorable Sesame Street video either.

WE have to do better. I was inspired by…

Today’s Facebook update from my buddy and awesome artist, Jerry Craft.

Kids with special needs aren’t weird or odd. They only want what everyone wants…to be accepted.


  1. B Herrera says:

    Dress codes, hair restrictions, politically correct behavior rules all have good reasons for existing, but also seem to punish the innocent most. Maybe that is because the ‘guilty’ tend to ignore rules and aren’t hurt by the punishment, yet the ‘innocent’ feel persecuted for something they are not doing (i.e. belonging to a gang, or harassing others). It’s difficult for me to be all or nothing on this issue. My son hated the dress code (uniforms) in high school, yet he followed it because he said it was not a battle worth fighting. He concentrated on those battles he considered really important to him and was very selective in chosing battles. I hate fighting with students on the dress code, yet remember how some students came to school before uniforms were instituted. In order to avoid problems with some students, the district decided to set stricter guidelines for all students. Who suffers most? Those who tend to follow rules.
    On another note, Amy, don’t fret about losing your hair. Embrace it. As my son said, not a battle worth fighting. One of my fellow teachers got hair scarfs to match all her outfits, then began wearing them as she lost her hair. When someone would start to sympathize, she would inform them that she was setting the new style. Indead, she found rather creative ways to tie her scarfs, depending on her outfit. Others began wearing scarfs to match their own outfits. She often said how losing her hair was nothing if it meant keeping her life. She referred to it as a “really short cut.”

    • You’re thoughts are so profound, B, and appreciated. In a few days, I will be able to respond with more depth. Chemo was today and I am little tired but I did want to say HI. :) xo