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NC High School Student and Father Demand Policies to End Hair Discrimination in Schools

On April 19, 2021, during the second inning of a Senior Night game against Jordan High School, Nicole, a Black Hillside High student-athlete, had to cut off her knotless box braids in order to play. This happened after an opposing coach, a white man, complained that Nicole's braids hid her jersey number. This was not true, but two umpires demanded that Nicole cut her beads off or she couldn't play. Hair discrimination should not exist in Durham Public Schools (DPS) or any school in this country. Advocating on behalf of Nicole, the Youth Justice Project at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice is asking DPS and the NCHSAA to pass policies to eradicate all forms of discrimination in schools and at athletic events. The North Carolina General Assembly is also considering a statewide CROWN Act (SB 165), which SCSJ would like to see expanded to include protections in schools and sports.
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