Marginalized people who wore the durag were stigmatized. They were perceived as a thug or gangster . Durag was used as a tool to criminalize our young Black men. The misunderstanding of its origins often contributed to durags bad reputation. Schools, and major sports leagues like the NFL and the NBA banned the durags. It was deemed inappropriate, dirty and xxx. Eventually, even black parents followed that false narrative, and forbid their children from wearing a durag. Turning their back on centuries of traditions.