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Lawmakers to introduce first federal bills to ban race-based hair discrimination

The Washington Post


By Jena McGregor 

Dec. 5, 2019

6:00 a.m. EST

Race-based hair discrimination in workplaces and schools has long been an obstacle for black employees and students, but now it is gaining widespread attention and action in broader circles.

The latest example: After a growing number of states have passed or proposed legislation that would expressly prohibit discrimination based on natural or protective hairstyles, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker
(D-N.J.) and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) plan to introduce companion bills Thursday that would specifically prohibit discrimination against styles such as braids, twists or locs.


Cory Booker Officially Joins
The Fight Against Black Hair Discrimination



By Shalwah Evans December 5, 2019

Presidential hopeful and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is officially joining the fight against hair discrimination. While California and New York have passed legislation this year banning discrimination based on hair (particularly targeting hairstyles and hair types associated with people of African descent and with Afro textured hair), Senator Booker is pushing to have the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act (penned by Senator Holly J Mitchell) taken to the federal level. U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives, and is joined by Representatives Ayanna Pressley , Marcia Fudge, and Barbara Lee.

This comes after several incidences of hair discrimination against Black people have been reported in the news and on social media this past year, including the most recent firing of Gabrielle Union from her position as a judge on America’s Got Talent for wearing hairstyles that were considered “too Black” for viewers.