“[…] That a school board, which operates under the auspices of a religion that was founded and created out of rebellion and non-conformity with prevailing rules at the time, would take the high road in the 21st century and insist that students abide by a racist, discriminatory rule that disproportionately affects students of African descent, is the epitome of irony, which in itself is a gross understatement…”
The following Letter to the Editor on the decision of Trinity College (Moka) to make several students second-tier graduates due to their hairstyles was submitted to Wired868 by Oke Zachary of Valsayn:
The Trinity College Anglican School Board came out guns blazing last week, to defend its despicable treatment of students who were predominantly of African descent. The whole sordid affair occurred, because these students dared to defy the Anglican School Board, by sporting plaited hairstyles.
Anyone with a computer and an internet connection in the 21st century will know that the plaiting of hair by both male and female persons of African descent is a cultural practice that began in Africa over 5,000 years ago.
Unfortunately, due to the transatlantic slave trade, it was crucial for the European slave owners—who then operated under the auspices of both the Catholic and Anglican Churches—to break the spirt of and dehumanize the African slaves they brought to the new world.
And so, there was a concerted effort by these slave owners, to strip the African of his identity, which included his customs of hair style, his religion and his language.
Slavery brought not only physical and psychological trauma, it also brought erasure, and the colonizers effectively stripped the African of his lifeline to the homeland.
The Anglican School Board of Trinity College, even went so far, to include this paragraph in their unrepentant public declaration:
“[…] While acknowledging the various perspectives and views surround the uniform policy, we stand firm that acceptable conduct dictates that existing rules and regulations must be followed until and unless they are altered and amended.”
With that statement, what the Trinity College Anglican School board revealed is that the 21st century Anglican seems to have forgotten that his religion, i.e. the Anglican faith, was born out of non-conformity with prevailing rules.
It appears that the Trinity College Anglican School Board has forgotten that the only reason they have an Anglican religion today is because in 1534, when the Catholic Church refused to grant King Henry VIII papal support for the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII rebelliously founded the Anglican Church (also known as the Church of England) and pronounced that Church independent of the Catholic Church in Rome—instead of following the rules of the Catholic Church until they were changed.
That a school board, which operates under the auspices of a religion that was founded and created out of rebellion and non-conformity with prevailing rules at the time, would take the high road in the 21st century and insist that students abide by a racist, discriminatory rule that disproportionately affects students of African descent, is the epitome of irony, which in itself is a gross understatement.
The despicable conduct of the Anglican-controlled Trinity School Board in denigrating and humiliating these young men, reminded me of one of my grandmother’s sayings: “thing to cry for does make God laugh”.