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States face pressure to ban race-based hairstyle prejudice

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A growing number of U.S. states are facing pressure to ban race-based discrimination against hair texture and styles. Activists recently presented a proposal to New Mexico state lawmakers that would outlaw employers and schools from discriminating against Black and Native American hairstyles. Earlier this year, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure that made Washington the sixth state to pass a version of the CROWN Act. The act’s name stands for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. According to the Crown Act campaign, California, Colorado, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia have already passed similar laws.

See WVVA’s local coverage of the CROWN act here: https://wvva.com/2020/02/27/beckley-student-motivation-for-crown-act-bill-banning-hair-discrimination-in-schools-and-workplace/

After ‘Crown Act’ fails to pass in W.Va. legislature, one city took steps to protect citizens anyway.

See that story here: https://wvva.com/2020/03/10/after-crown-act-fails-to-pass-in-w-va-legislature-city-takes-steps-to-protect-citizens-anyway/

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