Racist Referee Forces High Schooler To Cut His Dreads Before Wrestling Match

Racist Referee Forces High Schooler To Cut His Dreads Before Wrestling Match

YOKOSUKA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 17: Students take part in wrestling classes at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) High Technical School on September 17, 2014 in Yokosuka, Japan. Each year, approximately 4500 students apply to enter the one and only high school run by JGSDF, and only 300 are accepted. The boys only school was opened in 1955 and caters to students between 15 and 19 years old across three grades. 90% of graduates continue on to careers in the JGSDF. Japan's self-defense stance was changed in July 2014, with the reinterpretation of the country's war-renouncing constitution to allow the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to exercise the right to collective self-defense, enabling the SDF to engage in military actions for countries who have close relationships with Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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When you’re going into 2019 you don’t expect things like this to happen—it just goes to show you we still clearly have a long way to go as a society.

A high school wrestler was told by a referee he could not compete in his match unless he cut his dread locs. The referee is reportedly known for his racism. Andrew Johnson is on the wrestling team at Buena High School and was competing in a match against Oakcrest High School on Thursday. Johnson had his hair styled in dread locs and was almost forced to forfeit the match because of them.

Johnson usually wears head gear during his matches but this time the ref wouldn’t allow it. The young man was then forced to either cut his hair or lose the match and let him team down. Being the team player that he clearly is, he made the tough decision to cut his hair.

As upsetting as this may be, there is a victory at the end of this. Johnson, who was competing in the 120-pound weight class, won his match in overtime. This win helped propel his school to a huge overall victory. South New Jersey News reported that the match was important for Buena HS because it can potentially affect the outcome of the race for a conference championship. Journalist and activist Shaun King shared the story in his social media pages this morning and it has since gone viral. Take a look at the tough video below:

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