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States see pressure to ban race-based hairstyle prejudice

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure that made Washington the sixth state to pass a version of the CROWN Act.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure that made Washington the sixth state to pass a version of the CROWN Act.(Miranda O'Bryan)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 7:17 PM EDT
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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - - A growing number of 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 women’s 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 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.

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