California To Become First State To Ban Hair Discrimination

California lawmakers are set to pass a bill protecting black employees by outlawing discrimination against natural hairstyles including braids, dreadlocks, twist and much more.

Professionalism like many other things are linked to European standards and the bill states,“those who do not naturally fall into Eurocentric norms must alter their appearances, sometimes drastically and permanently, in order to be deemed professional” 

 Natural hairstyles has unfortunately been an ongoing issue that has been swept under the rug for many years. A video of a black high school wrestler went viral early 2019 after he was forced to cut his dreadlocks off in the middle of a match or forfeit the game. 

In the bill it states, "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.''

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