California has made major moves in the right direction since announcing The CROWN Act, that will outlaw discrimination against someone's natural hair. CROWN, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair, was passed unanimously last month in the state. "In a society in which hair has historically been one of many determining factors of a person's race, and whether they were a second-class citizen, hair today remains a proxy for race," the bill reads, according to The Guardian. "Therefore, hair discrimination targeting hairstyles associated with race is racial discrimination." 


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The bill will be official as of January 1st, 2020 and prohibits schools and employers from setting any kind of policy on one's hair type that includes afros, locks, braids - a discriminatory act that primarily affects the Black community. 

“Many black employees – including your staff members – will tell you, if given the chance, that the struggle to maintain what society has deemed a ‘professional image’ while protecting the health and integrity of their hair remains a defining and paradoxical struggle in their work experience, not usually shared by their non-black peers," the state senator who introduced the bill, Holly J Mitchell added. 

Cheers to the move made by The Golden State.