Hampton Business School Ban on Locks, Cornrows Shames Black Culture, Empowers Racist Minority
The Hampton University School of Business has a a special condition for male members of its five-year MBA program. No locks, no cornrows. The ban is drawing a lot of attention, even though its been in place for long enough that its dean, Sid Credle, said its worked for far too many brothers to not be a legitimate standard.
Problem is, Credle is promoting the idea that Black men aren’t talented, smart and engaging enough for people to see past their hair, and that white corporate structure can’t possibly liberate itself enough from racism to see beyond it either. It’s insulting to both sides, and frankly, a reverse minstrel act that is championed by far too many HBCU leaders and alleged advocates.
Could hair be an issue for some employers? Sure. And for those companies, Hampton students are probably far too qualified and progressive to even consider working there. And if hair is so much of an issue for Credle personally, here’s a thought; let the brothers keep their hairstyles and teach them how to create and grow their own corporations, where other brothers and employees of all colors wouldn’t have to consider the kind of rhetoric he mistakenly thinks is benefiting the future business leaders of Black America.
What a shame for an HBCU dean in 2012 to defend racist perspectives in the corporate work place, and to program black men to accept them to get ahead.
In the House That William Harvey Built, I’d be surprised for a policy that denies black men the opportunity at excellence and expression to stand much longer.