ABWW Hater of the Day: Thurgood Marshall Elemenary School – Seattle, WA
I use Organic Root Stimulator products every day. It is great for women who wear their hair naturally and the olive oil and shea butter products have a really nice scent. Apparently an elementary school teacher in Seattle, WA doesn’t feel the same way I do. An 8-year-old student was removed from her honors-level class after a teacher complained that the smell of the child’s hair was making her sick. The girl, who attends Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (isn’t that ironic), had allegedly been using Organic Root Stimulator Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion for a year before this incident. The child had to sit in the hall before she was ultimately moved to regular (read more black) class. Her father said the dismissal was particularly traumatizing because his girl is the only black student in the accelerated class.
The student’s parents weren’t told about the episode until after it happened. The school said that the teacher has allergies, but that she was much better once their child was gone. This is so much cow flatulence, because I have asthma, allergies so bad I cannot use most cleaning products. I have never heard of an olive oil allergy especially one that causes nausea and dizziness. The school has not responded to the parent’s inquiries and the Board of Education insists that the teacher was wrong but that the incident was not a racial issue.The parents have hired an attorney and haven’t returned their child to school “until the teacher had medical proof that our daughter’s hair or something in her hair was to blame for the [teacher’s] nausea. The last thing you want to happen to your daughter is for a teacher to faint or vomit at the mere sight of her.
For those of you who are old enough to remember when white folks went mad for Bo Derek in braids but fired black women when they came to work with the same hairstyle. This is the same type of hateration and ignorance. I applaud the child’s parents for taking steps to make sure their child’s self esteem remains intact.