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When I was at school, I was forced to take out my braids because a teacher didn’t like them. My mum was forced to fight my corner. Growing up, I soon learnt that black people have been refused jobs or give ultimatums in their jobs because their hair doesn’t make them look “professional”. It isn’t difficult to find a black person who can speak about how their hair has affected their lives in both subtle and life-changing ways. It’s not ok for people to be targeted because of their hair. That’s why, I’m calling on the UK Government to ban hair discrimination. Natural and protective hairstyles including afros, braids and dreadlocks are traditional ways to express our heritage and simply have... Full story

17 October