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An interviewer suggested a black man cut his braids in order to look more professional and get hired

When applying for a job in Austin, Texas, Savion J. Wright explained in a Facebook post, he was “floored” to hear that he’d have to cut his hair — which he’s been growing out for nine years — to get the job. The perception that a black person’s hair is somehow less professional than a white person’s remains unfortunately widespread. On Thursday, Alabama even ruled in favor of upholding a disturbingly racist regulation about dreadlocks.

High quality photograph of Bob Marley smoking a spliff in 1973. Later to be used as a alternative cover for his debut album called “Catch a’ Fire” for Island Records. The album would gain international fame and praises from reggae fans and critics.

Photographer: Esther Anderson