Black Men and the Politics of Hair

Arica L. Coleman
Feb 13, 2019 - 10:45

Although Black women are often the primary focus in discussions about the politics of hair, Black men's experiences are also central to this story. A viral video of New Jersey high school wrestler Andrew Johnson illustrates this point. On December 22, 2018, Alan Maloney, a white referee with a murky racial past, forced Johnson to have his dreadlocks cut off or forfeit a match, choosing between a team victory or loss. In a society based on toxic masculinity, Johnson’s choice to submit to an impromptu hair cut was predictable rather than revolutionary. The pressure of...

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