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Style ‘You Have To Embrace It’: Rep. Rena Moran’s ‘Crown Act’ Seeks To Outlaw Hairstyle Discrimination

23:55  14 february  2020
23:55  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Holly Mitchell introduced the first law to associate hair as an extension of one' s race, which is legally protected. "The way the hair grows out of my head Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey have now also introduced versions of the CROWN Act . California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he' s proud to

A new bill in California could prevent discrimination against hairstyles of African Americans in the workplace and in schools. The bill is known as the

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A state lawmaker wants to prevent Minnesotans from being discriminated against because of their hair.

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It is a topic growing in conversation across the country, and a state lawmaker says it’s time for clarification when it comes to natural hairstyles.

It was a bustling Thursday afternoon at Get Gorgeous in St. Paul. Haniya Hopson has been sitting in a salon chair for six-and-a-half hours getting braids. Her mom, Hawanya Hopson, sits close by.

“It takes time, it takes a lot of money, it takes a lot of product, and we take care in how we appear,” Hawanya Hopson said.

And she says appearance can get tricky when it comes to certain societal standards, like when it came to her daughter’s former cheer team.

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SB188, also known as The Crown Act : Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair , becomes law in the wake of a variety of incidents nationwide that put a spotlight on the issue. “What all do we have to go through for people to know that we have a right to human rights?

California' s CROWN Act seeks to end racial discrimination based on hairstyles . "I have heard far too many reports of black children humiliated and sent home from school because their Federal and California law prohibit discrimination based on religious hairstyle and head coverings, but Mitchell

“They would tell me that I needed to have it in ponytails and I needed to straighten it, or curl it, or have it in a certain way, and put the bow in a certain way,” Haniya Hopson said.

In Texas, a soon-to-be graduate was told he could not walk in graduation because of his hair. It was that story that sparked a St. Paul lawmaker into action. Representative Rena Moran tells WCCO she used to straighten her own hair.

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“This year I just said, ‘You know what? This is a part of who I am, this is a part of our culture. You have to embrace it and love it,’” Rep. Moran said.

She is proposing a bill that would specify that Minnesotans cannot be discriminated against because of hairstyles, such as dread locks, braids or natural curls. She says natural hair should be a freedom.

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“Therefore, hair discrimination targeting hairstyles associated with race is racial discrimination .” The measure, known as the Crown Act — an acronym for “Or even more comically from my perspective, that their hair was a distraction to other children. Other children are distracted, so you have to leave.”

Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul) cites when she talks about why she and colleagues are introducing the CROWN Act at this coming legislative session. CROWN stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair .” The prospective law would prohibit discriminating against someone based

“It’s really important to me that I am part of helping young girls, young boys feel good about themselves, who they are, and believe that their hair is a beautiful part of who they are,” Rep. Moran said.

She plans to present her bill to the judiciary committee, which should happen next week.

California and New York have passed laws to protect natural hair styles. Five other states, including Wisconsin, are also considering the discrimination ban.

Melissa T. of the Beauty Lounge Minneapolis gave her thoughts on the “Crown Act”:

"In my experience I haven’t seen blatant discrimination based on hair texture but what I witness all the time is Black women with natural hair change their hair texture in order to not be discriminated against. They may straighten their hair for a job interview or big presentation, and not feel comfortable wearing their hair in a natural state or a more “ethnic” style until they secure the position. Black women do not want their hair to be a distraction from their qualifications and want to be judged on their merit not their appearance. Although natural hair and curly hairstyles have become more common in the workplace there is still a perception that straight hair is more “professional.” My personal belief is that black women stifle a part of themselves when they feel the need to alter or adjust a part of their appearance to be more palatable. The individual should be able to express themselves though their hair however they see fit."

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New York City in February outlawed discrimination against black hair , including cornrows and This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: California' s CROWN Act seeks to end racial Minority employees at Harley-Davidson' s plant in Kansas City have been subjected to years of harassment

CROWN Act Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of traits historically Although California is the first U. S . state to prohibit natural hairstyle discrimination , New York City has adopted a similar standard, expressly protecting

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