Banning Discrimination Of Hairstyle Will Make California The First State To Do So

True Activist | 7/6/2019 | Staff
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The CROWN act, an acronym for “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair”, is expected to be signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom, making the state the first ever to ban discrimination based on hair style. Hair styles included in the bill sent to the governor include Afros, braids, twists, and locks.

“ The history of our nation is riddled with laws and societal norms that equated ‘blackness’ and the associated physical traits, for example, dark skin, kinky and curly hair to a badge of inferiority, sometimes subject to separate and unequal treatment,” the bill specifies.

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According to a press release, the bill was introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell, and co-founded by Dove to make sure that “traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture ad hairstyle, be protected from discrimination from the work place and in our K-12 public and charter schools.”

The bill also addresses the shortcomings of federal law for only protecting people of color from discrimination against afros but not other styles. For quite some time now, beauty standards in the US have been riddled with racial undertones often favoring Eurocentric traits.

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It also states, “ Despite the great strides American society and laws have made to reverse the racist ideology that Black traits are inferior, hair remains a rampant source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences especially for Black individuals.”

The bill also addresses the fact that professionalism is unfairly associated with white characteristics. “The idea also permeated societal understanding of professionalism. Professionalism was, and still is, closely linked to European features and mannerisms, which...
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