Business School Dean Bans Male Students from Wearing Dreadlocks and Cornrows

Target: Hampton University Dean Sid Credle

Goal: Don’t ban male students from wearing dreadlocks and cornrows in class

The dean at historically African-American Hampton University’s business school is standing by a controversial ban enacted in 2001 on dreadlocks and cornrows for male students. He claims the ban has helped students land corporate jobs, and believes students should look the part of business leaders. But some students feel this ban is discriminatory, as these are natural ways for African-Americans to wear their hair. Students should be free to make their own hairstyle choices; demand that the dean remove this unfair ban immediately.

“These students choose to be in this program and aspire to be leaders in the business world. We model these students after the top African-Americans in the business world,” said Hampton Univeristy spokesperson Naima Ford. Business school Dean Sid Credle defended the ban, saying, “What we do is pay tribute to that image and say those are your role models. This is a way you will look when you become president.”

Incoming freshman Uriah Bethea has no intentions of changing his hairstyle for a class. “I don’t think it shouldn’t matter what the hairstyle. It’s my life. I should be able to do whatever I want to do.”

Whether or not being clean-cut helps students land jobs in the corporate world, students should have the freedom to make their own decisions concerning their hairstyle. This ban encourages the dismissal of African-American culture in favor of a clean-cut professional appearance modeled after white corporate culture. Tell Dean Credle that hairstyle does not determine potential for success in the business world.


Dear Dean Credle,

Please remove the discriminatory ban on dreadlocks and cornrows for male students. Hairstyle has no bearing on a student’s ability to learn and it is not your right to dictate how students should wear their hair. Cornrows and dreadlocks are natural hairstyles that can be professional looking.

Unfortunately, the model of a successful businessman includes a clean-cut appearance originally based on white corporate culture. However, as a historically African-American university, Hampton University should be embracing diversity rather than dismissing it. African-American hair cannot often be easily tamed, and students should not have to chop it off to fit in to a certain image.

Hairstyle does not determine a student’s potential for success in the business world. Please remove this discriminatory ban immediately.


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  1. Free country, freedom of speech, freedom of expression? what’s wrong with their concept of style?

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