Monday, October 19, 2009

Morehouse College dress code is more about homophobia than decorum

"Morehouse is telling its students that there is only one acceptable definition of a black man. In that respect, Morehouse is like the black pastor who has a gay choir director yet condemns homosexuality from the pulpit."

David A. Love writes:
Morehouse College, that legendary institution of higher learning in Atlanta, recently enacted a new dress code for its all-male student body. The dress code, called the "Appropriate Attire Policy," is a perfect example of the good, the bad, and even worse, the homophobic.

The policy - based on Morehouse President Dr. Robert M. Franklin's notion of the Renaissance Man - is part of his "Five Wells" strategy for the all-male historically black college or university which includes being "well read, well spoken, well traveled, well dressed and well balanced."

In an 11-point document, Morehouse outlined its expectations concerning the appearance of its students on campus. For example, the college forbids the wearing of do-rags, caps and hoods in classrooms and other indoor venues. Sunglasses are banned in class except for medical necessity, while "decorative orthodontic appliances," or grillz, are forbidden altogether on campus. Clothes with offensive messages are also prohibited, as are sagging pants. Students are also not allowed to wear pajamas or walk with bare feet in public. READ MORE

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