Published in


Jamaica’s Criminalization of Locs Is Anti-Black

Locs are a signifier of Rastafarianism, whose believers have been persecuted by the government

Black and white image of a Black woman with dreadlocks against a black ground.
Photo: Westend61/Getty Images

When I first moved to Toronto, one of the identifiers people used to reference my homeland, Jamaica, was Bob Marley. They asked whether or not I knew his family or listened to reggae music. Bob Marley, as well as his…




A publication from Medium that centers the stories, poetry, essays and thoughts of women of color.

Recommended from Medium

Calming the Cacophony

DEAR READER, 11.25.20

How humor can teach us: The example of Homer Simpson

Alchemy, the n-word, Borat, and anti-Asian hate

Into the Woods: The Psychological Significance of Forests in Fairy Tales

The Ungrateful Refugee

Kelvin Cazali

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Renee Ashley

Renee Ashley

More from Medium

Is “911 Is A Joke” Still True? Apparently.

Could a simple doll test be the start to a solution to contemporary Africa’s problems?

Celebrating Asianness, Blackness, Hispanicness and Whiteness

Black Art Makes White People Feel Human