Open Thread | They Continue To Want To Police Our Bodies

That legacy of slavery has not left this country.

The fight over Black Hair never seems to end.

So, for those who purse their lips to say that ‘it’s just hair’.
It’s NEVER just hair.
There is no other group who consistently is punished or attempted to be punished for our hair.
The hair that grows out of our head NATURALLY.

Black Student Suspended Over His Hairstyle To Be Removed From His School
A Black student who spent more than a month on in-school suspension over his dreadlocks has been told he will be removed from his Texas high school and sent to a disciplinary alternative education program on Thursday.
Cheyanne Mumphrey
Oct 11, 2023, 06:27 PM EDT

After serving more than a month of in-school suspension over his dreadlocks, a Black high school student in Texas was told he will be removed from his high school and sent to a disciplinary alternative education program on Thursday.

Darryl George, 18, is a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu and has been suspended since Aug. 31. He will be sent to EPIC, an alternative school program, from Oct. 12 through Nov. 29 for “failure to comply” with multiple campus and classroom regulations, the principal said in a Wednesday letter provided to The Associated Press by the family.

Principal Lance Murphy said in the letter that George has repeatedly violated the district’s “previously communicated standards of student conduct.” The letter also says that George will be allowed to return to regular classroom instruction on Nov. 30 but will not be allowed to return to his high school’s campus until then unless he’s there to discuss his conduct with school administrators.

Barbers Hill Independent School District prohibits male students from having hair extending below the eyebrows, ear lobes or top of a T-shirt collar, according to the student handbook. Additionally, hair on all students must be clean, well-groomed, geometrical and not an unnatural color or variation. The school does not require uniforms.

George’s mother, Darresha George, and the family’s attorney deny the teenager’s hairstyle violates the dress code. The family last month filed a formal complaint with the Texas Education Agency and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state’s governor and attorney general, alleging they failed to enforce a new law outlawing discrimination based on hairstyles.

The family allege George’s suspension and subsequent discipline violate the state’s CROWN Act, which took effect Sept. 1. The law, an acronym for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” is intended to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and bars employers and schools from penalizing people because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including Afros, braids, dreadlocks, twists or Bantu knots.


The young man’s hair is neat and tight. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this hairstyle.
This is but another attempt to police Black bodies – a tale as old as the country itself.

I am so glad that his family is supporting him in this fight. We have the right to exist. Our children have the right to exist.

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17 Responses to Open Thread | They Continue To Want To Police Our Bodies

  1. rikyrah says:

    She preached an entire sermon.

    “The chaos IS THE POINT”

    Vote Heaux!!!

  2. rikyrah says:

    Secretary Jennifer Granholm (@SecGranholm) posted at 7:31 AM on Tue, Oct 17, 2023:
    “Using nearly $1 billion from Biden’s signature climate law, the Inflation Reduction Act, the agency is retrofitting more than 100 federal facilities to become all-electric or net-zero emissions.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    Nour Odeh 🇵🇸 #NojusticeNopeace (@nour_odeh) posted at 11:28 PM on Mon, Oct 16, 2023:
    Journalist Hatem Omar collapses when he sees members of his family arriving by ambulance dead and injured following an airstrike on a residential building in Rafah.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) posted at 0:09 PM on Mon, Oct 16, 2023:
    “I don’t have anywhere else to go.”

    Ibrahim Dahman is a CNN journalist in Gaza and sent this first person account of what life is like right now in Gaza.

    “I know deep down no building is safe.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    What I would give for voter participation to be this high

    Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) posted at 2:35 AM on Tue, Oct 17, 2023:
    voter turnout in Warsaw nearly 85%. Huge victory for opposition parties there too

  6. rikyrah says:

    Christopher Hale (@chrisjollyhale) posted at 2:54 PM on Mon, Oct 16, 2023:
    The fact that a Democrat is on the verge of defeating a Republican incumbent and taking back the Mississippi governorship for the first time in twenty years should be a more prominent national story.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) posted at 7:52 AM on Tue, Oct 17, 2023:
    Attorney for Jan 6 defendant Alex Sheppard continues argument to delay Sheppard from reporting to prison

    “It’s not unreasonable for Mr. Sheppard to spend the holidays with his family before serving more than a year of prison time– having never spent any time in jail in the past”

  8. rikyrah says:

    Daniel Ziblatt (@dziblatt) posted at 4:45 PM on Mon, Oct 16, 2023:
    The prospect of Jim Jordan becoming Speaker of the House makes me more worried about American democracy than anything I have seen in over two years.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Secretary Marcia L. Fudge (@SecFudge) posted at 7:00 PM on Mon, Oct 16, 2023:
    HUD is building more accessible pathways to homeownership and generational wealth under the Biden-Harris Administration.

    We changed how student loan debt is calculated so more people can qualify for federally insured mortgages—and ultimately realize their dream of owning a home.

  10. rikyrah says:

    That time when Prince sang with the Muppets 😄

  11. Eliihass says:


    The Freedom (to be lynch mobs) Caucus played checkers, too, they just remembered to king their single pieces when they get to the other side of the board.

  12. Eliihass says:


    Jordan will win the speakership tomorrow. It may take multiple rounds. Moderates will cave.

    This was always the plan by the Freedom Caucus. It wasn’t just about removing McCarthy, but installing one of their own.

    Freedom Caucus played chess. The rest played checkers

  13. Eliihass says:


    A majority of registered voters in Louisiana are Democrats.
    A Republican governor was just elected because only 38% turned out.
    Democrats can’t win elections if they stay home.

  14. Eliihass says:


    And, in Louisiana, the majority of registered voters are Democrat:

    1,150,514 Democrats

    1,004,071 Republicans

    815,582 registered as other.

  15. rikyrah says:

    I really would like an answer. How do you all eat overnight oats? Seriously…when did cold oatmeal become a thing? I look at those meal prep videos with overnight oats and I am disgusted. part of the best part about oatmeal, is it being warm and comforting.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😊😊😊

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