California moves to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyles

  • The bill, which is also known as the C.R.O.W.N. Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair), states that the standards of professional dress and grooming in workplaces and schools are often based on Eurocentric standards.
  • In a speech before Monday's vote, Mitchell said that African-American men and women have often had to endure expensive, painful and even dangerous chemical treatments to change their hair to conform to these beauty standards.
  • She said that until recently, an image search for "unprofessional hairstyles" only showed black women with natural hair, braids or twists.
  • Mitchell said that similar state and federal laws protect against discrimination due to religious hairstyles and head coverings.
  • Last year, a referee at a wrestling tournament in New Jersey drew widespread condemnation when he ordered a black high school wrestler to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit his match.

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