When all other Seminole, Texas students were headed to their first day of school on Monday, one little boy was sent home because his hair was too long. The five-year-old boy, Malachi Wilson, is a part of the Navajo Nation, and according to his parents, it’s against their religion to cut his hair. CBS 7’s Lauren Lanmon reports.
The district says they were only following procedure and after proper documentation was shown that he was truly Native American, he was allowed to register. But his mother says even though he is in school now, they’ll never get back their first day of Kindergarten.
“Malachi was excited to start school all summer long. After we had enrolled him he was excited, everyday it was the question, ‘mom, are we going to school?’” said Malachi’s mother, April Wilson.
Excited about his first day of school, Malachi walked into the doors of F.J. Young Elementary only to be told he couldn’t attend because his hair was too long.
“Our hair is sacred to us, it makes us part of who we are,” said April.
“I trim it, it grows back,” said Malachi.
Malachi has a certificate in blood from the Navajo Nation stating he is at least one half Native American.
“He’s more native on his dad’s side than on mine,” said April.
After leaving the school, Malachi’s mother contacted the Navajo Nation, and by the end of the school day, the school district approved his documentation and Malachi was enrolled. “I also spoke with the American Indian movement; they had also contacted the superintendent. When they contacted the superintendent, they had told them that they were going to accept Malachi into school.”
School district officials say they followed procedure “one hundred percent”, pointing to a page in the district handbook that states, “certain recognized religious or spiritual beliefs may qualify for an exception from provisions of the dress code.” The handbook goes on to say that with proper documentation all students are allowed. But even though Malachi is now enrolled, his mom is still bothered by their first day of school encounter.
“It’s kind of heartbreaking because - how do you explain to a five-year-old that he is being turned away because of what he believes in, because of his religion, because of what’s part of him - how do you explain that to him?” said April.
April says after yesterday’s events, she has even thought about taking him out of public school adding she still plans on finding a lawyer to talk about the possibility of a discrimination case.
More than 100,000 of the nearly 300,000 members of the Navajo Nation live in New Mexico. There have been incidents dating back to the late-19th century in which people have forced Navajo schoolchildren to cut their hair, something forbidden the Nation’s culture.
She looks like Cleopatra or something brought into the future. Powerful stare like, “All the Ceasar’s be fallin’ for me.”
OMG that second gif makes me feel like she just declared war and we’re all gonna die and I’m totally ok with that
Michelle Rodriguez laying down truths
That third gif also sums up the reason why so many queer women in fiction get treated like shit and why we barely get acknowledged as existing at all
These pathetic excuses for writers have no idea how to write a woman who doesn’t want to fuck a man
Okay, first of all, why was I never informed that Michelle Rodriguez has a FUCKING YOUTUBE CHANNEL??? Binging this shit now.
Second, this gif set misses the part where she talks about becoming a writer/producer and this is something I did not know she was doing and now I AM STOKED FOR A WORLD WHERE MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ PRODUCES AMAZING FEMINIST WORKS.
I finished my Korra! I started on this in the middle of Book 3 then after I finished watching the finale, it felt a little weird drawing her this way because well she almost died going into the avatar state, so at first I wanted to scratch the piece all together.cause it didnt feel right, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT! IT WOULDN’T BE VERY KORRA OF ME TO BACK OUT AFTER WORKING ON THIS SO FAR, SO I SUCKED UP ALL MY FEELINGS AND JUST WENT TO TOWN. Anyways, I tried.
o look what I finally finished
A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. 
Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor [c. 1941 - 1945]
A 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. 
Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917]
Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. [October 1956]
Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. 
Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. 
Source with more wonderful photos
If you need me I’ll be in the bath watching lava on my television
Charlie’s beard appreciation post