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High School Wrestler's Hair Remains 'Unrelenting Fixation' for Officials

Andrew Johnson was forced to cut his dreadlocks and he's still under scrutiny by wrestling officials, said his attorney, Dominic Speziali.

Andrew Johnson, a wrestler attending Buena Regional High School in New Jersey, was forced by referee Alan Maloney to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match, which sparked outrage around the country last month. This week, another referee wanted Johnson to cover his now shorter hair for a match.

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Ref Suspended After Forcing Wrestler to Cut Dreadlocks

"This was a combination of an abuse of power, racism, and just plain negligence," said Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs.

Alan Maloney and Andrew Johnson / TWITTER

Alan Maloney, a white New Jersey referee, who forced Andrew Johnson, a Black high school wrestler, to cut off his dreadlocks during a match has been barred from further officiating as an investigation takes place.

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School Rejects Black Child for His Dreadlocks, Calls Police on His Dad: #GrowingUpWhileBlack

C.J. Stanley Sr. walked his son outside of the school, and filmed his reaction to discrimination.


C.J. Stanley Sr. took his six-year-old son to A Book Christian Academy in Apopka, Fla., for his first day at school, but C.J. Jr. was turned away because of his dreadlocks. The school had a policy on no long hair for boys, and the fact that C.J. offered to put his hair in a pony tail didn't help.

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Navy Lifts Ban on Locs for Women

Input from women sailors cuts the anchor to the past.

The U.S.Navy has lifted the ban on dreadlocks, ponytails and braids for women, joining the Marines, Air Force and Army.

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Accenture's Rah Thomas on Being His Authentic Self at Work

Thomas works at a company that not only accepts his dreadlocks but also encourages him to wear the hairstyle significant to his culture.

By Alana Winns and Christian Carew

Rah Thomas, a managing director in Accenture's Infrastructure Operations practice and co-lead of the African American employee resource group, has been growing his dreadlocks for almost 20 years.

Thomas made a decision early on in his corporate career to work at a company that would not only accept his dreadlocks but would encourage him to wear the hairstyle.

KKK Supporter Called Out for Wearing Dreadlocks

A photo of a Klan supporter at a rally wearing a hairstyle culturally associated with Black people goes viral.

DeVanté Cunningham / FACEBOOK

Social media users are abuzz about the irony of a photo of a Ku Klux Klan supporter at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., wearing dreadlocks — a hairstyle culturally associated with Black people, and a style for which Black people are often discriminated.

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Federal Court Rules It's OK for Employers to Prohibit Dreadlocks

"How can the court or an employer feel they have a right to strip us of this option to wear whatever hairstyle we chose?" said Lissiah Taylor Hundley.

An insurance claims processing company in Alabama, Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS), refused to hire Chastity Jones, a Black woman, because she has dreadlocks. In a 3-0 decision, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of CMS last week, asserting that it's legal for companies to refuse employment based on hairstyles.

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Black Marine Pushes Corps to Expand Hairstyle Policies

Sergeant was catalyst to bring Marines in line with the rest of the armed forces in regards to twist hairstyles.

By Sheryl Estrada

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Fashion Police Attack Black Hair on Oscars Red Carpet

Guiliana Rancic, host of E!'s 'Fashion Police', made stereotypical and offensive comments about actress Zendaya Coleman's dreadlocks during the show's critique of Oscars red-carpet fashion.

Zendaya Coleman

By Sheryl Estrada

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Dreadlocks in the Workplace

Question: Do you think dreadlocks should be accepted in corporate America?

Luke Visconti's Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.

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