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Recently, a student near Houston was suspended and told he couldn't graduate with his class due to his hair length. Seriously.

In the movie Easy Rider, a biker is shot, presumably because of his hair length (that middle finger didn't help either, but hair seemed to be an issue). In real-life, Native American children and other children of color have had long drawn out battles with school districts over hair length. There have probably been thousands, if not tens of thousands of kids sent home or suspended due to hair length.

What is going on? For a culture that depicts Jesus as a long hair, why are we so hung up about hair? I would understand if the kids were around food (then again, a hair net would take care of that). Wasting time or energy in kids hair lengths just seems to be another remnant of the past that we haven't stopped and examined.

There is a movement afoot for a "hair-discrimination bill" being created by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. It's called Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (or CROWN), and it aims to protect people against grooming policies which disproportionately affect people of color.

It's time to quit wasting time on this and also to realize that different cultures and races have special requirements in hair care. Let's hope this thing passes and get back to "long hair, don't care."

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