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Texas school legally punished Black student over hairstyle, judge says

Feb. 22, 2024 16:18 PM EST

ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — A Black high school student’s monthslong punishment by his Texas school district for refusing to change his hairstyle does not violate a new state law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination, a judge ruled on Thursday. Darryl George, 18, has not been...

Judge says Texas school’s punishment of Black student doesn’t violate law banning race-based hair discrimination

Feb. 22, 2024 13:07 PM EST
ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — Judge says Texas school’s punishment of Black student doesn’t violate law banning race-based hair discrimination.

Schools say dress codes promote discipline. But many Black students see traces of racism

Feb. 21, 2024 19:45 PM EST

For as long as schools have policed hairstyles as part of their dress codes, some students have seen the rules as attempts to deny their cultural and religious identities. Nowhere have school rules on hair been a bigger flashpoint than in Texas, where a trial this week is set to...

California lawmakers say reparations bills, which exclude widespread payments, are a starting point

Feb. 21, 2024 19:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Black lawmakers in California on Wednesday introduced a package of reparations legislation, calling it a starting point to atone for the state’s legacy of discrimination. The California Legislative Black Caucus introduced the package of more than a dozen...

Milan Fashion Week showcases emerging Black designers, launches initiative to fight discrimination

Feb. 21, 2024 16:40 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week highlighted diversity and in a new initiative that aims to promote inclusion across the industry and the return of a showcase for underrepresented designers as five days of mostly womenswear previews for Fall-Winter 2024-25 got underway on Wednesday. ...

Justice Department, Louisville negotiating federal settlement on city's policing practices

Feb. 20, 2024 17:30 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has started negotiations on a settlement with the city of Louisville after federal officials released a report detailing a pattern of racial discrimination by the city's police force. The multiyear federal investigation was...

The Supreme Court leaves in place the admissions plan at an elite Virginia public high school

Feb. 20, 2024 12:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place the admissions policy at an elite public high school in Virginia that some parents claimed discriminates against highly qualified Asian Americans. The court's order, over the dissent of Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence...

St. Vincent upholds laws criminalizing gay sex in Caribbean island nation in setback for activists

Feb. 16, 2024 16:14 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A top court in St. Vincent and the Grenadines upheld laws on Friday that criminalize gay sex, a blow to activists who have long decried the violence the LGBTQ+ community has faced on the conservative Caribbean archipelago. The ruling by St. Vincent’s...

Lawsuits ask courts to overturn Virginia's new policies on the treatment of transgender students

Feb. 15, 2024 17:19 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The ACLU of Virginia filed two lawsuits against the state Department of Education on Thursday, asking the courts to throw out Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s policies on the treatment of transgender students and rule that school districts are not required to follow them. ...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Feb. 15, 2024 07:19 AM EST

Charleston Gazette-Mail. February 13, 2024. Editorial: Insidious ‘women’s rights’ bill is nothing new Several of West Virginia’s conservative lawmakers would really like it if they could set back the advancement of LGBTQ rights under the guise of equality...