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Mistrust Plagues Both White House And Media, Poll Shows

Most Americans don?t trust the White House, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Most don?t trust the media, either.

Just 36 percent of Americans say they have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in President Donald Trump?s administration to present facts fully, accurately and fairly. The majority, 54 percent, have little or no trust in what the administration says.

survey in January taken just after Trump?s inauguration found less pronounced skepticism, with 43 percent trusting the administration while 48 percent said they had little or no trust in it.

The media, which Trump frequently berates, fares only marginally better. In the latest poll, 39 percent trust the media at least a fair amount, while 52 percent trust it not very much or not at all. In January, those numbers were 38 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

Just a tenth of the public has at least a fair amount of trust in both the White House and the media. A quarter trust the Trump administration but not the media, with 28 percent trusting the media but not the White House. Another 24 percent expresses confidence in neither.

Not surprisingly, attitudes toward Trump and the media track with preferences in November?s election. Among those who voted for Hillary Clinton, 77 percent have at least a fair amount of trust in the media, while among Trump voters that figure is 12 percent. Similarly, 79 percent of Trump voters ? but just 7 percent of Clinton voters ? have that much faith in the administration.

Overall, 10 percent of Americans say media coverage of Trump is too positive, 37 percent that it?s too negative, and 34 percent that it?s about right.

Nearly half ? 46 percent ? say they believe the media wants Trump to fail, with 26 percent saying the media is neutral and just 8 percent that the media wants him to succeed.

Most of those polled ? 57 percent ? say the media should be neutral, with 19 percent saying the media should be rooting for Trump, and 10 percent that the media should be working against him.

Use the widget below to further explore the results of the HuffPost/YouGov survey, using the menu at the top to select survey questions and the buttons at the bottom to filter the data by subgroups:

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted May 11-12 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov?s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

HuffPost has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls.You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov?s nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here. More details on the polls? methodology are available here.

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Black Students Punished For Wearing Box Braids To School

It?s 2017, and black students are still getting in trouble for wearing black hairstyles. 

According to the Boston Globe, several students at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts have faced detention and suspension for wearing box braids, which reportedly is against school policy. 

Three parents have come forward to call out the school for the policy, which they believe unfairly targets black students. Colleen Cook, whose 15-year-old twin daughters Deanna and Mya are reportedly facing suspension after multiple detentions because of their hair, told the Globe that the school began a crackdown on box braids in April. 

?They marched black and biracial children down the hall [to inspect their hair,]? she told the Globe on Friday. 

Other students, including 15-year-old Lauren Kayondo, have reportedly been suspended for refusing to remove their box braids. 

On May 11, school officials responded to complaints about the policy in a statement, which said:

?One important reason for our students? success is that we purposefully promote equity by focusing on what unites our students and reducing visible gaps between those of different means… Our policies, including those governing student appearance and attire, foster a culture that emphasizes education rather than style, fashion, or materialism… Our policy on hair extensions, which tend to be very expensive, is consistent with, and a part of, the educational environment that we believe is so important to our students? success.?

While the school maintains that the box braid ban is to insure equality amongst all students, the policy against hair extensions disproportionately affects black students, who reportedly make up 17 percent of the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School?s student body. 

According to WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Colleen Cook reached out to the ACLU, the NAACP and the Massachusetts Anti-Defamation League to help address the issue. Officials from the ADL had plans to meet with school officials on Friday, but as of Monday, school officials have reportedly refused to speak with a representative from the ADL. 

In the meantime, Deanna and Mya Cook have been instructed by their parents to no longer serve the detentions they?ve received as punishment. 

?We felt that having them attend additional detention didn?t serve impacting change with the school anymore,? father Aaron Cook said to WBZ

?We felt that the issue now needs to be dealt with between the parents and the school, and continuing to pile on additional punitive detentions really didn?t help matters.?

This, of course, isn?t the first time that black students have been targeted and punished for wearing traditionally black hairstyles. There have been numerous stories in recent years about students, particularly black girls, facing detention and suspension for wearing braids and afros to school

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