The list of things Black girls can’t do with their hair without problems just keeps getting longer. Now it’s not just the way we wear our hair that’s an issue for some, it’s also the products we put in it.
An upset mother posted the note above which she received from her daughter’s teacher on Facebook a week ago. As you can see, the teacher asked Tionna Norris to stop putting coconut oil in her 3-year-old daughter’s hair because it stinks and caused kids to tease her. Unphased, the mother captioned her post:
*applies the same amount of coconut oil* y’all gone feel that black girl magic. Sincerely, unapologetically black mom. P.s. Coconut oil has no stinky smell.
What’s even more sad about this letter is the fact that the claims within it are actually untrue — and we’re not just talking about the coconut oil smell. According to Essence, “After sharing a snapshot of the physical letter on her Facebook page, Norris was informed by the school’s director that the teasing claims were actually false and contrary to the teacher’s belief, Amia was quite “popular” amongst her classmates.”
Norris detailed her feelings in a separate Facebook post:
Norris told CBS local news in Chicago that school administrators apologized but took no disciplinary action against the teacher. Norris has since pulled Amina out of the school.
“If you cannot understand why a mother would be upset about receiving a letter like that,” Norris said. “Then you don’t deserve to teach my child.”