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Jamaica’s Criminalization of Locs Is Anti-Black

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

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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…

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