Students in California held a walkout to protest against their high school’s dress code.
(Emily Cattouse for PASADENA NOW)
Students at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif., the organizer of a walkout Wednesday morning to protest against the school district, such as the ban on do-rags, with as argument the dress code criminalizes young black men.
More than 100 students reportedly participated in the walkout, which took place on Wednesday, 9:27 pm, to protest against the ban.
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“The main reason we are protesting today is because we are trying to stop the criminalization of the black men on campus,” senior Reggie Myles of the Black Student Union, told the Pasadena Star-News.
The students who are involved in the walkout have claimed that the do-rag ban is “trying to clean our ethnic beauty”, while also the perpetuation of a stereotype that the head is the gang-related clothing, Pasadena Star News reported.
Students who participate in the walkout sung “I’m not dangerous” during the peaceful protest, Yahoo Lifestyle reported.
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According to the Pasadena Unified School District dress code, do-rags are not specifically mentioned, but all the “hats, caps and other head coverings” are prohibited from being worn inside — including do-rags, or wave caps.
Principal Lawton Gray defended the dress code, but denied that the ban had something to do with the headscarf is seen as a gang-related clothing.
“It has to do with the values that we have for the way we present ourselves at school,” he said to the Pasadena Star-News.
“The time to wear do-rags to protect waves when you sleep,” he added.
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Although the ban is currently in effect, Gray said he has met with, and will continue to comply with, the Black Student Union to discuss the dress code.
“We are providing the class and the campus of the dialogue and provides a safe forum where all opinions are respected in both words and deeds,” he said in the Pasadena Star-News.
The students allegedly not subject to disciplinary action for participating in the walkout.