The Law and Politics of Natural Black Hair: Marghuy on my mind.
This article further raises the issue as to why in the face of a blatant abuse of a child’s right to education, most of the usual human rights adherents and diplomats are quiet.

A: Introduction

The art of formulating a title for my blog articles is generally a straightforward one. Mostly, in the process of ruminating on the subject-matter of the article, the title will cross my mind and I’ll jot it down. No further autopsy may be conducted on it and it may pass without much fuss. Not so with the instant article. All the likely titles that came to mind were too numerous to make for easy choice. So, I frustratingly settled on the instant title – “The Law and Politics of Natural Black Hair”. I was amused at first because it sounded more like the title of an Introductory Course in African Identity being offered to first year students in a richly-endowed university in Europe or US. If for nothing at all, such a course of study on the menu of any Anglo-Saxon or euro-centric university could induct it into the ‘non-racist’ Hall of Fame. In spite of my anxiety that the title reeked of academia, I agreed with myself to stick with it. The reason is that, the article touches on the ongoing tussle between natural black hair and the law in the courts and the general politics and economics of natural black hair in our ‘globalized’ world. The article further raises the issue as to why in the face of a blatant abuse of a child’s right to education, most of the usual human rights adherents and diplomats are quiet. Finally, the article urges that once the High Court has given its judgment in favour of natural black hair, we should let sleeping dogs lie.  

 

B: To admit or not to admit, that is a foolish question

There are many countries in the world that toot their horns these days as the ‘mothers’ of democracy, freedom and equality. But as students of history and law, we know that those countries had to confront and challenge most of their obnoxious long-held beliefs and perceptions in court before they arrived at where they are today.

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