My hair is my identity: Black people fighting racists to keep their natural hair

Francis Akhalbey December 24, 2018
A New Jersey high school wrestler forced to cut off his dreadlocks or risk forfeiting the match

Well, no matter how hard we try, us black folks still can’t catch a break for simply being ourselves.

In a viral video that was shared on social media, a New Jersey high school wrestler was forced by a referee to cut off his dreadlocks or risk forfeiting his match because his natural hair and headgear weren’t in compliance with regulations, according to CNN.

The referee in question, Alan Maloney, who has a racist history has been suspended pending further investigations by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).

Despite the unfortunate incident, the student, who was visibly distraught when his locks were being cut off went ahead to win the match.

The incident was widely condemned by people on social media including award-winning Director Ava DuVernay.

The ACLU of New Jersey also strongly condemned the incident via a tweet.

This recent incident adds up to the umpteenth time black folks have hand run ins with authorities and racist people for their natural hair.

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Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: December 24, 2018


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