Bloomberg Law
March 18, 2021, 6:24 PM

CROWN Acts Grow as Hedge Against Black Hairstyle Discrimination

Chris Marr
Chris Marr
Staff Correspondent

Bantu knots, braids, dreadlocks, cornrows, and afros are all traditional Black hairstyles. They’re also lightning rods for discrimination in school, on the job, and in lending and housing, prompting a wave of protective state and local legislation.

New Mexico lawmakers this week became the latest to pass a bill prohibiting discrimination based on how a person chooses to arrange or wrap their hair.

The legislation, SB 80, is a version of the anti-discrimination measure known as the CROWN Act, which has been enacted in eight states. At least 17 cities and counties including Albuquerque, N.M., have adopted similar local ...

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