By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 11

On April 22, 2019, the California Senate passed a bill banning all race-based hair discrimination. What this bill essentially means is that people are no longer allowed to be denied employment, promotions or access to school because of the way they wear their hair. “Policies that prohibit natural hair, including afros, braids, twists, and locks, have a disparate impact on Black individuals,” the bill says.

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights has also created new guidelines that recognize that harassment based on the texture or style of one’s hair is racial discrimination.