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Texas coach threatens to ban squad’s only black cheerleader over her braids

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Kemirah Jn-Marie is a “flyer” on the Ross S. Sterling High School varsity cheer squad in Baytown, Texas, just outside of Houston. Meaning, she is the one the squad members lifted and throw in the air. But now the 15-year-old’s hard work comes down to one thing, and it isn’t her ability to cheer, it’s her hair.

“She makes me feel bad about myself,” Jn-Marie told ABC13 regarding her cheer coach.

She had special braids done in her hair in the hopes that she would meet the cheer requirement that hair must be “pulled back in a secure ponytail” and hair “must not distract from the cheer environment.” But the cheer coach told the young woman that if she showed up to the upcoming football game with her hair in the braids she’d worn to school then she wouldn’t be allowed to perform.

“I said, ‘If that’s the case, put it in writing. Just put it in writing,'” the girl’s mother said, but the school district refused to do so.

The guidelines don’t say anything specifically about braids, instead, it leaves it up to the school to decide what is or isn’t appropriate. “I feel like she singles me out,” said Jn-Marie.

Her mother thinks it’s more about a racist cheer coach, that is trying to make only the black member’s hair into something that is somehow wrong or disruptive. Her daughter is the only member of the cheer squad and says that other girls are given much more leeway in their hairstyles. “She’s been harassed. She’s been bullied by her teacher, and I’m tired of it,” Jn-Marie’s mother continued.

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A spokesperson for Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District tried to pass the incident off as nothing more than a disagreement.

They issued a statement saying, “This student is not the only cheerleader who has been asked to correct her hairstyle, or other parts of her uniform; further, she was in no way reprimanded, punished or kept from participating – she was simply reminded to use the agreed-upon hairstyle. In no way do we discriminate, or tolerate, discrimination of any student.”

In the end, she went to the game on Saturday with her braids still in and was allowed to perform.

School districts across the country have had many conflicts with black girls and their hair. One Kentucky high school banned black women from having “natural hair.” Last year there were at least seven schools that shamed or punished girls of color because of their hair.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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