Heavy is Head That Wears the CROWN Act

Bren Kelly
8 min readFeb 23, 2024

Black Texas Students Do Not Have Right to Self-Expression

Mr. George Wearing the Crown [image from the local internet]

I used to love that Constitution thing, and generally felt great and most proud about the first amendment especially. But that was before today when I just found Texas hates it. The Judge in the first Crown act case just ruled for the school district and against the young black man who is accused of wearing his hair in Crown to honor black Americans, and the district does have a right to limit self-expression. Especially when it applies to black men.

That last part is pretty clear what the intent of the law is. The law is always interpreted the strongest in favor of white men and interpreted against black men. Interpretation is the key word. Ever since the 1967 Loving SCOTUS decision, the “last” to over such neo-slavery (“Jim Crow”) laws, states like Texas have been prevented from explicitly mentioning the negro and mulatto in any written laws they make. And it really makes the supermajority white legislature angry. Instead, they have to rely on indirect interpretation to apply the white power in their state instead of direct interpretation.

Back before that 1967 decision, many of the 15 states and the localities can and did constantly write laws, even in the 1950s and 1960s, stating race openly in who and how it should be applied, allowing white people in officially in charge of public institutions, local and state-run police, or courtrooms to judge who looked “negro.” That “looking” is key. A white sheriff could stop a man based on his looks, justify to the judge and lawyers that in accordance with the law, this negro did such and such (tried to: attend a white school, marry a white (looking) girl, ride a white bus, etc.).

It was the judgement of the who was looking at who where the law came in, and it was pretty easy to agree who was and wasn’t a negro, as it was up to the white sheriff and white judge as key arbiters of the law, ultimately. Most black Americans had to accept that they looked like a negro under the white male legislature made law, or face punishment. The eye of the law was white.

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In Texas, it still is. I wish I would have taken the day off to go protest in support of this young man, Mr. George. It’s clear he and mother are heroes, champions of…

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Bren Kelly

Engaged in new Ideas and old Inequalities, dismantling the system in systemic, born on the 50th Anniversary of Women's Lib Day, still seeking injustices.