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The inappropriate styles all seem to be worn by African-American students and that’s who constitute most of the kids at Narvie Harris Elementary in Decatur, Georgia. It must be racism, of course and so we don’t want to hear any sarcasm or ironic comments about what could still be considered inappropriate in today’s America.
The banned hair does indeed look cartoonish and freak-show worthy to many, but again; this is America. This is 2019 when even the president has hair like a villain from a Batman comic book. Of course the president IS a villain from a Batman comic book, but that’s neither here nor there. We live in Cartoon World where even the cars look like they were designed by Pixar and it takes 30 seconds of baby-talk to order coffee.
We have become a nation of freaks from top to bottom, from the Gumbi inspired hairdo of Joe Scarborough, to the man-bun or Mohawk Maiden Millennials. Full body tattoos and grotesque piercings, things dangling from nostrils like chrome plated snot: a large number of Americans find it normal or even beautiful. OK, so you were born yesterday and can’t see why I walk around jaw agape in shock and amazement but I remember crew cut or go home.
I remember when we were shocked when Yul Brynner shaved his head for a part and kept it that way. I remember when Jimmy Carter was mocked for having hair that touched his ears. I’m from the hair generation of the 60s who used to dream about those dreaded words “Out of the car, Long-Hair.” It was not entirely unfounded.
But I have to wonder how far it has to go before the naturally rebellious youth stretches the trend until something snaps and the schools begin to fill with rebels, dressed in Argyle sweaters and crew cuts like Archie Comics from the 50’s? I mean, there has to be a limit, right?