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The same week his state outlawed racial discrimination based on hairstyles, a Black high school student in Texas was suspended because school officials said his locs violated the district’s dress code.

Darryl George, a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, received an in-school suspension after he was told his hair fell below his eyebrows and ear lobes. George, 17, wears his hair in thick twisted dreadlocks, tied on top of his head, said his mother, Darresha George.

George served the suspension last week. His mother said he plans to return to the Houston-area school Monday, wearing his dreadlocks in a ponytail, even if he is required to attend an alternative school as a result.

The incident recalls debates over hair discrimination in schools and the workplace and is already testing the state’s newly enacted 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. Texas is one of 24 states that has enacted a version of the CROWN Act.

A federal version of the CROWN Act passed in the House of Representatives last year, but was not successful in the Senate.

For Black people, hairstyles are more than just a fashion statement. Hair has always played an important role across the Black diaspora, said Candice Matthews, national minister of politics for the New Black Panther Nation. (Her group is not affiliated with another New Black Panther organization widely considered antisemitic.)

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This book explores the deep roots of modern democracy, focusing on geography and long-term patterns of global diffusion. Its geographic argument centers on access to the sea, afforded by natural harbors which enhance the mobility of people, goods, capital, and ideas. The extraordinary connectivity of harbor regions thereby affected economic development, the structure of the military, statebuilding, and openness to the world – and, through these pathways, the development of representative democracy. The authors’ second argument focuses on the global diffusion of representative democracy. Beginning around 1500, Europeans started to populate distant places abroad. Where Europeans were numerous they established some form of representative democracy, often with restrictions limiting suffrage to those of European heritage. Where they were in the minority, Europeans were more reticent about popular rule and often actively resisted democratization. Where Europeans were entirely absent, the concept of representative democracy was unfamiliar and its practice undeveloped.


The expert guide on what to wear for every wedding dress code

New York Post may be compensated and/or receive an affiliate commission if you buy through our links.When you hear the news that a loved one is about to say “I do” and receive a script-written invitation in the mail, you may think, “well, I don’t know what to wear.”

Even with the sparkling array of satiny wedding guest dresses and flattering cocktail dresses — oh, and we can’t forget about tailored suits and bow ties — there may still be confusion: what do I wear to a black tie wedding? What’s semi-formal? What colors can’t I wear?!

“Dress codes can vary depending on a couple’s personal style, cultural background and overall wedding location, venue and vibe,” Dorothy Silver, senior director of sales and merchandising at Kleinfeld Bridal, told the New York Post. “The wedding invitation typically gives you all the information you need, and it never hurts to compare notes with fellow guests attending.”

Julie Sabatino, founder of The Stylish Bride and professional bridal stylist, also agrees with this sentiment and etiquette.

“First and foremost, as the host of the wedding, it’s your job to make your guests feel comfortable,” she told The Post. “If they feel out of place in their attire they will automatically feel uncomfortable and unhappy. Your wedding invitation is certainly a great placement to indicate the attire.”

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