03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Morehouse College Bans Hats, 'Grillz,' And Sagging

The conversation regarding the new dress-code policy at Morehouse College has been hijacked by a vociferous gang of socially conservative black pundits: some of them simply politically misguided, others merely proud homophobes; a few of them the ideological love-children of Ward Connerly and Bill Cosby. In the short week and a half since I became the first writer to report the news of Morehouse's new policy, the college has become the subject of an intensifying national debate regarding the role that style plays in producing (or constraining) black male substance.