California Bans Racial ‘Hair Discrimination’

Ashley (Kimber)

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Listen…I don’t believe anyone should ever be discriminated for something that’s beyond their control.

The way you wear your hair? That’s ENTIRELY within your control… and if say – a restaurant owner, wants all of their employees to have either short hair or wear it pulled back, I think they should be allowed to request that.

It turns out, requesting a certain dress code at your business is racist.

California is now the first state that has passed “hair discrimination laws.”

According to Daily Wire:

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law legislation making the state the first to ban practices that discriminate against natural hairstyles associated with race, especially associated with what the bill describes as “blackness.”

Uhhh… is making a bill about “blackness” not discriminatory in itself?

.. my main question is how this will affect businesses with dress codes.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the so-called CROWN Act legally protects “people in workplaces and K-12 public schools by prohibiting the enforcement of grooming policies that disproportionately affect people of color,” including restrictions on certain hairdos like “Afros, braids, twists, cornrows and dreadlocks – or locs for short.”

So let me get this straight… if a black employee wants to wear dreadlocks into work, you’re not allowed to say anything about it, but it’s fine if you enforce a dress code on a white employee?

Are WHITE dreadlocks allowed?


A spokesperson for Sen. Mitchell told The Daily Wire that the law covers individuals “who wear their hair in a style historically associated with their race,” clarifying that “a white person who wears dreadlocks would have to prove that this is a hairstyle historically associated with their race” to be protected.


That’s discrimination, folks.

Newsom justified the need for Senate Bill 188, which unanimously passed both chambers of the legislature, at a signing ceremony at the State Capital in Sacramento last Wednesday. He referenced a December incident in New Jersey when a white referee told a black high school wrestler that his hair and headgear did not comply with regulations. The 16-year-old was given the option to immediately cut his dreadlocks if he wanted to compete or forfeit the match. Viral video of a trainer severing several locs from the student-athlete’s head sparked a national public outcry, leading to a state civil rights investigation.

QUESTION: If a white kid came in with hair that was longer than the regulations allowed, and the ref asked him to cut it, or forfeit, would this have caused an uproar?

Or would everyone have just figured he should have read the rules before he got there?

Aren’t hair rules in wrestling a safety concern?

NAH. Just racism.


“That is played out in workplaces, it’s played out in schools – not just in athletic competitions and settings – every single day all across America in ways that are subtle, in ways overt,” Newsom said.

The Times reports that the law “adds traits historically associated with race to the state’s list of classifications protected from discrimination, including race, sex, religion, color, national origin, disability and sexual orientation.”

“The way the hair grows out of my head as a black woman is a trait of race,” explained Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the bill’s author who says she has sported dreadlocks for the last 15 years.


2- I, a white Hispanic woman, do not get out of bed and immediately go to work. I tend to my hair first. Because the way “my hair grows out of my head” does not look particularly professional.


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