It is now law, if it were still necessary to officially establish it. C alifornia is the first state in the USA to ban any discrimination against typical African American hairstyles such as braids, rasta or dreads .
On July 3, 2019 the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, signed the law which formalizes the ban on discriminating natural black hairstyles in schools and places of work.
Where does the need for this law come from? From the many cases of discrimination suffered by students in the school environment and to job interviews.
Here are the words of Senator Holly Mitchell, who presented the bill.
“We are changing the course of history, hopefully across the country, recognizing that what has been termed professional hairdressing and clothing in the workplace is historically based on a Eurocentric model based on on straight hair “.
The law has currently been approved but will only enter into force on January 1, 2020 but we hope it will be a step forward to say goodbye definitively to any form of discrimination related to sex, to belonging. social or religious.