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Morehouse college has revealed a new policy on campus which they say is designed to uphold “the image of a strong black man.” The new policy is creating a bit of backlash because people are saying that it is alienating gay students at the all-male historically Black college. The new policy details 11 expectations of students, including:
* no caps, do-rags and/or hoods in classrooms, the cafeteria, or other indoor venues
* no sun glasses worn in class or at formal programs
* no jeans at major programs, as well as no sagging pants on campus
* no clothing with derogatory or lewd messages either in words or pictures
* no wearing of clothing usually worn by women (dresses, tops, tunics, purses, pumps, etc.) on the Morehouse campus or at college-sponsored events.
It’s the restriction on women’s clothing that causing an uproar at the school. In a city where men in pumps carrying purses is somewhat commonplace and revered on “reality” television, Morehouse is taking a stand and seems to be attempting to give our historic city some dignity. Now…before all my gay friends pull knives out their wigs, I’m not against free expression by any means. But Morehouse is a SCHOOL and the focus should be on learning. Anything that disrupts that should be restricted. And I know first hand how disruptive and distracting a gay guy can be once he throws on a lacefront and some Loubous.
Now to be fair… Spelman should instill a policy regarding their students who rock men’s wear. But that’s a whole nother blog post.