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Rickey Smiley tackled the issue of society emasculating Black boys while penalizing Black boys for wearing their hair in dreadlocks.
In a meme posted on his Instagram page, the comedian wrote:
Black boy: I want to wear locks to school
Society: Suspended!!! No graduation THUG!!!
Black boy: How about a dress?
The meme concludes with the hashtag "#SocialEngineering."
Smiley was alluding to the recent controversy surrounding Deandre Arnold, the 16-year-old boy who was banned from attending his prom until he cut off his dreadlocks.
The popular host of the syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show didn't caption his meme, but some of his followers called him out on wearing a dress during his comedy skits.
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One IG follower wrote: "But Rickey didn't you wear a dress on multiple occasions?? i.e sister Bernice?? So I'm kinda lost."
Another wrote: "Black people are judging a black boy wearing a dress and whites are judging both. It's bad all the way around."
And a third wrote: "Every generation has its attack on minority masculinity. Birth of a nation. Civil rights, the project mentality of the 70s, the drugs in the 80s, gangs in the 90s. We didn't want our men violent. More drugs and the glamorization of self destruction of the 2000s now this."
Liberal media outlets erased racism from their headlines after a 12-year-old girl admitted she lied about a hate crime incident at her private school.
Amari Allen, who is Black, claimed three white boys held her down and sheared off her dreadlocks at their $12,000-a-year Christian school in Virginia.
The story went viral because Vice President Mike Pence's wife Karen is a part-time teacher at the school.
The story prompted outrage and indignation on social media, as celebrities and lawmakers lashed out at the school.
A Gofundme page quickly raised thousands of dollars for the schoolgirl who still had a head full of hair when she tearfully told her story to a news reporter.
But on Monday, Allen's parents released a statement admitting she lied for attention.
News media outlets that loudly reported racism in their headlines have since removed any mention of race from their updates.
In one report, a New York Times headline read "Black Virginia Girl Says White Classmates Cut Her Dreadlocks on Playground".
But in the update to the story on Monday, race was gone from the NY Times headline: "Virginia Girl Recants Story of Boys Cutting Off Her Dreadlocks".
Critics point to the Times story has another example of liberal media outlets manipulating headlines to fit their liberal agendas.
A 12-year-old student who claimed three white boys held her down in a classroom and cut off her dreadlocks admits she made the whole story up, according to police.
Amari Allen's dreadlocks were long and didn't appear to have been cut when she tearfully told a reporter her story on the local news.
Amari claimed she was held down on the classroom floor by three white boys at her $12,000-a-year private Christian school in Virginia.
Amari gave a tearful interview on the local news, saying the boys called her hair "ugly" and "nappy".
The three boys were questioned and they denied the allegations.
The story went viral on social media after it was reported that Vice President Mike Pence's wife worked at the school.
On Monday, Amari's parents released a statement apologizing to the boys and their families.
"To those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused," the statement reads.
"To the administrators and families of Immanuel Christian School, we are sorry for the damage this incident has done to trust within the school family and the undue scorn it has brought to the school."
The school's administration also issued a statement:
"We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false.
"We're grateful to the Fairfax County Police Department for their diligent work to investigate these allegations. While we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of the past few days to a close, we also feel tremendous pain for the victims and the hurt on both sides of this conflict."
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A Texas schools superintendent is under fire for telling a woman to cut her grandson's dreadlocks or put him in a dress for wearing his hair too long.
The unusual demand was made after the school notified the grandmother that her grandson was in violation of the school's dress code.
Randi Woodley and parents of children attending a Texas school say the school board altered the dress code to discriminate against Black children.
"I went to the principal's office, where she explained to me that my grandson's hair was too long," Woodley told KETK.
Woodley said she attended the school board meeting where she addressed the restrictive dress code with Tatum Independent School District's superintendent.
"He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school and, when prompted, my grandson must say he's a girl," Woodley said.
The school district's policy states: "No ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male buns or puffballs are allowed on male students. ALL male hair of any type SHALL NOT extend past the top of a t-shirt collar, as it lays naturally."
But Woodley says the dress code targets Black boys like her grandson who wear dreadlocks past their collars.
Parent Kambry Cox told KETK that her son thinks something is wrong with his dreadlocks.
"With my son's dreadlocks, sometimes they do fall in front of his face, so I felt it would be easier to put his hair up, but then that's a problem," Cox said.
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