MBA Hair

Students in five-year undergraduate/M.B.A. program at Hampton University are not allowed to wear dreadlocks or cornrows. Many students at the historically black school object to the rule because it’s, you know, none of the school’s damn business what you do with your hair. The dean apparently believes that the ban on such hair helps his students get good jobs.

According to a story at WVEC 13 News:

Business School Dean Sid Credle believes the ban has been effective in helping his students land corporate jobs.

“We’ve been very successful. We’ve placed more than 99 percent of the students who have graduated from this school, this program,” said Credle.

Oh come on. You run an MBA program here; you know this isn’t a valid argument. Do business programs with no grooming rules have lower job placement rates? Are students in schools with stringent hairstyle rules getting better jobs?

Credle also maintains, astoundingly, that such hairstyles are not an important part of black culture. “I said when was it that cornrows and dreadlocks were a part of African American history?” Credle said to WVEC 13. “I mean Charles Drew didn’t wear, Muhammad Ali didn’t wear it. Martin Luther King didn’t wear it.”

Well yes, but all of those people achieved professional acclaim many years ago.

Also we do realize Charles Drew looked like this, right?

Drew

Dreadlocks weren’t really going to happen here without a lot of effort.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer