Are Black Girls Unfairly Targeted for Dress-Code Violations at School? You Bet They Are.
Spring may finally be here! Time for schools to start freaking out over bare shoulders and shorts in classrooms.
We’ve already kicked off the dress code outrage season this month with the girl in Florida who went braless under a loose, gray long-sleeve shirt one day because the straps hurt her sunburn. School officials — get ready for this — made her tape over her nipples with adhesive bandages.
Girls responded with a silent bra-cott.
There’s so much wrong here. We already know that girls get banned from graduation, yearbook photos, sent home and suspended because some adults can’t deal with the glimpses of parts of their bodies.
But it gets even worse when you talk to kids, who say dress code enforcement is all over the place.
Some girls show up in short-shorts, and no biggie. Others get sent home for showing just as much leg. Turns out it’s not random.
“It’s my black friends who get dress-coded way more than my white friends,” said Fatimah Fair, a senior at School Without Walls in Washington. “I see some of my white friends wear stuff that even I think is inappropriate, and they get away with it.”
We know from a report last year by the National Women’s Law Center that black girls are five times as likely as white girls to get suspended in schools across the country.
And a good portion of that may have to do with dress code violations.
The law center tackled that part in a new report they released this week, which looks at D.C. public schools to find out who gets dress-coded.