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Schools Ban ‘Memorial Attire,’ Showing More Interest in Policing Black Students Than Teaching Them

Students at a Jacksonville, Fla., high school say they’ve been banned from wearing “memorial attire”—that is, clothes or jewelry honoring a deceased love one—because local officials believe the commemorations are tied to “gang activity.” According to News4Jax, students at Robert E. Lee High School (of course) were reminded on Wednesday that they couldn’t wear anything with “RIP” on it. A similar story ran on Action News Jacksonville, with students and their parents saying they feared they would get in trouble for wearing any attire memorializing their dead loved ones. One student told Action News, “we’re not allowed to wear any RIP shirts, necklaces, rings, anything RIP-related.” “It said we...

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