Houston principal’s dress code for parents ignites culture war

Chicago Sun-Times | 5/1/2019 | Mary Mitchell
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Carlotta Outley Brown, the principal of James Madison High School in Houston, has started a culture war.

Appalled by the attire being worn by parents coming to the school, Brown enacted a dress code that bans do-rags and pajama bottoms, as well as sagging pants and ripped up jeans that show more skin than they cover.

Brown - Educator - Parents - Houston - Federation

Brown, an acclaimed educator, is defending herself against outraged parents as well as the Houston Federation of Teachers.

Zeph Capo, the president of the Houston Federation of Teacher, called the ban as it relates to headscarves “classist” and “belittling.”

Kinds - Head - Wraps

Yes, but there’s all kinds of head wraps.

There’s the satin cap that you sleep in. There’s the head-rag that your mother used to wear when she was cleaning the house. And there’s the carefully gathered and knotted head garb that singer Alicia Keys made fashionable some years ago.

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Brown - Variety

Brown’s talking about the wear-around-the-house variety.

She told a TV interviewer that one incident that triggered the new dress code was a parent coming up to school in a see through blouse that revealed her breasts and nipples.

Swim - Suit - School - Beach - Principal

“We have to show them what is right and what is correct…You don’t wear a swim suit to school you wear it to the beach,” the principal said.

Bravo for her.

Lot - Guts - Subject - Women - Kind

It takes a lot of guts to even bring this subject up. And young black women are going to push back hard on any kind of bonnet ban.

But this isn’t really about black girls and their hair.

Mothers - House - Bed - Standards

Our mothers would have had a fit if we stepped outside of the house looking like we just rolled out of bed, and many of us upheld those same standards.

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