Hairstyles, color, texture is apart of culture. From braids, to dreads, low cuts, and bald heads, we wear it all.
In a recent post by NBC, the state of New York has put a ban on hairstyles discrimination, becoming the second state to do so. Civil rights advocates say the California also have laws that prohibit policies that disproportionately affect people of color, particularly black people.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Friday amending the state’s Human Rights Law. Also stating for much of our nation’s history, people of color, particularly women have been discriminated against simply because of their hair style or texture.
The California measure, known as the Crown Act, an acronym for “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair”, passed unanimously in both the California Assembly and Senate and takes effect Jan. 1.
Leaders of the NAACP said that policies and practices that target, profile, or single out people for natural hair styles in public places —like in the workplace, in schools, and even at the airport — disproportionately burden black people.