Flourish, Fros! NYC Bans Hair Discrimination

New York City Bans Hair Discrimination
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Alexa, play “Don’t Touch My Hair.”

New York City just put the official racial discrimination stamp on incidents targeting people’s hairstyles at work, school, or in public establishments. The law, according to the New York Times, was imposed to address the treatment of black people. It explicitly outlines in guidelines that New Yorkers have the right to rock “locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, an/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”

I’m consistently baffled by the things that are just now becoming law. Last week it was the anti-lynching bill championed by Senators Kamala Harris, Tim Scott, and Cory Booker. This week it’s the ability to rock our hair as we please.

Oh, and there will be legal consequences for individuals who try to circumvent this law on the sly. The city can apply penalties of up to $250,000 and/or firings for those who try to violate. Bloop!

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