If you haven’t been following up with the news then you will be out of the loop to the many stories of natural hair discrimination. From a student being sent home due to rocking an afro to a wrestler having to cut his dreads in order to participate in his match, hair discrimination has been a real thing. California has decided to take a stand on this with a bill called C.R.O.W.N. Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair). According to CNN.com, this bill would ban schools and workplaces from having a dress code that forbids braids, twists, and other natural hairstyles.
Los Angeles Democrat Sen. Holly J. Mitchell introduced this bill with the hopes to promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Mitchell also expressed that when viewing the look for unprofessional hairstyles, it often resulted in only women of color. These cases of hair discrimination have resulted in black people not getting promoted, termination or not selected for hire.
The bill passed on Monday in a 37-0 vote and will now go to the State Assembly.