Hair-Length Policy

HOUSTON — A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked Barbers Hill Independent School District from enforcing its hair-length policy, ruling in favor of a Black student with locs who says the policy is discriminatory. A footnote of the opinion quotes expert testimony that “the term ‘dreadlocks’ has its origins in slave traders’ describing slaves’ unattended hair as ‘dreadful’ when those slaves emerged from slave
ships after spending months at sea during the Middle Passage.”

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