Dalisha Barnett enrolled at Pro Way Hair School, but when she refused to remove her religious headwear and not conform to their requested standards, she claims school officials scoffed and decided to not allow her to attend classes. Now the Muslim woman is upset that the Stone Mountain, Ga., school reportedly violated her rights to manifest her religion along with her right to an education. Now, Barnett and the Dekalb Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) have teamed up to defend her religious rights, according to Fox 5.
Barnett wears a religious hijab that has, since the World Trade 9/11 tragedy, taken on a negative connotation even when worn by African-American women. The terrorist stereotypes of Arabs have been thrust upon women who wear hijabs, and in many instances, they have even been attacked for wearing them in public. Therefore, African-American women who are Muslims reportedly have to face both racism for being Black and a Muslim who wears a hijab.
The SCLC, who represent Barnett, held a press conference on Wednesday, saying that Barnett was notified of her termination from Pro Way Hair School via a letter (pictured) that offered no valid reason for the dismissal. According to the civil rights organization, the school violated Barnett’s constitutional rights and they are backing her battle with the school.
The protest against the alleged discriminatory act was held outside the school, and when Fox 5 reportedly tried to contact the school, officials reportedly refused to offer their side of the story.