Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

Latest Attack on Black Girls/Natural Hair – This Looks Like a Job for the Puffy Hair Project!

It’s outrageous!  A young girl in Florida was threatened with expulsion from school if she didn’t cut/straighten/change her hair.  “It’s puffy and I like it that way,” said Vanessa VanDyke.  The school has backed down, and taken expulsion off the table, but I’m still furious.  Earlier this year, we saw girls targeted by school officials for dreads and afropuffs.  These racist attacks on girls are unconscionable.

This week, I’ve been stressed trying to get my Puffy Hair Project together in time for the holidays.  I was feeling overwhelmed, like maybe I had taken on too much.  But if Vanessa VanDyke didn’t back down, I’m gonna make this book happen.  I usually post on Friday, but I’m posting today.

So if anything good can come out of this vicious attack on a young African heritage girl, let it be this:

1.  the #livingwhilenatural hashtag on twitter (thanks to @brokeymcpoverty)

2. we, as a community of black women are completely clear about the levpuffy cover Black Friday fnlel of racism & sexism leveled at us on the daily.

3. Vanessa VanDyke’s victory!

4.#HappyAfroDay on Ebony.com

5. my Puffy Hair Book is AVAILABLE NOW for pre-order in time for Black Friday, which I have decided to call #BlackHairFriday.

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7 comments on “Latest Attack on Black Girls/Natural Hair – This Looks Like a Job for the Puffy Hair Project!

  1. vieromero
    November 28, 2013

    Reblogged this on Unzip These Lips.

  2. Twisted Kitty
    November 28, 2013

    I am mixed.. and so is my daughter.. and I was targeted growing up to “Look normal” and my daughter has also gotten bullied over her looks.. It’s people being raised “WRONG” that is the issue.. no one is born into this life racist or haters.. it’s a learned behavior.
    So sad how these children have to suffer for the closed minded people of this world..
    Like I tell my daughter.. hold your head up, God made you Perfect in his eyes and no stress.. Karma is wonderful 😉

  3. Foghorn The IKonoclast
    November 28, 2013

    Her hair is beautiful. fact!

  4. rheabette
    November 28, 2013

    So glad you found a positive, action taking way to respond to this. I felt so frustrated that I didn’t know what to do. Now I feel inspired!

  5. SUZKIMA THOMAS
    January 7, 2014

    Reblogged this on suzkima and commented:
    black girls rock

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