Santa Fe New Mexican

Ga. elementary school accused of racial bias over hairstyle display


From New Age box fades to braids, a display on the wall of a suburban Atlanta elementary school tried to illustrate a variety of “inappropri­ate” haircuts and hairstyles.

But there was one thing the children who were photograph­ed had in common: They were all black. The display by the Narvie J. Harris Theme School in Decatur, Ga., was taken down Thursday — the same day it had been put up — after being widely criticized as racially insensitiv­e. The episode happened at a time when cities and states across the United States have adopted legislatio­n making it illegal to discrimina­te on the basis of a person’s hairstyle.

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