February 9, 2018
Photo: Courtesy of Toshia Shaw/Twitter
Black hair always seems to be an area of fascination and confusion for anyone one outside of the black race. In a society where wearing braids is a dress code violation, the refusal to accept black culture is becoming far too common.
Toshia Shaw, a spiritual and trauma life coach, posted on Twitter about her daughter, Trinity, who was bullied by her classmates at a predominately white school for wearing dreadlocks in her hair.
My sweet 11yr old was teased in school today by boys because of her hairstyle. She loved it and stood up to them for bullying her. She goes to a predominately white school but wears locs like me. She said she refuses to allow kids to make her feel bad about her culture. pic.twitter.com/hybY1ESGMC
— Toshia Shaw (@Toshia_Shaw) February 5, 2018
Trinity did not let the bullies stop her from embracing her beautiful hairstyle, but stood up to them instead.
“She refuses to allow kids to make her feel bad about her culture,” her mother said in the tweet that told her daughters story, that ended up going viral. In just the last few days, the tweet has gotten over 20,000 retweets along with many comments in support of the 11-year old.
Please accept my sincere apologies and let your daughter know that MOST people are not that ignorant. She is beautiful AND strong. The people, UNITED, will never be defeated! We are all in this together and strong, black women will lead us out of this wilderness, I pray.
— Mima Rogers (@RogersMima) February 5, 2018
Thank you for sharing, lady! Sending love to your strong young woman. Her character shines resiliently. Very proud of her ❤️
— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) February 6, 2018
Toshia later tweeted her daughter’s response to all the love. “She said, ‘Thank you,’ to the nice, supportive, and beautiful comments because it shows her there is way more love than hate in this world.