This is a public service announcement: STOP POLICING BLACK HAIR. Apologies for the all caps, but we have to get the point across
. Because it’s a scenario that’s played out time and time again, even in the realm of sports. This week, 22-year-old Tyler Williams alleged that he was dismissed
from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s Division II basketball program after head coach Jim Boone criticized his dreadlocks. Williams filed a complaint on the basis of “racism and bias,” which has prompted the university to investigate the allegation while Boone remains head coach. Williams’ dismissal from the basketball team occurred less than a year after a black New Jersey high school wrestler
was told by a white referee to cut his dreadlocks before a match or forfeit. A video of Andrew Johnson’s haircut went viral on social media
, shining light upon the prejudice many black people face when it comes to their hairstyles.