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Tennessee lawmakers to discuss natural hair bill this week

Legislation similar to the CROWN Act is currently in place in eight states.
According to Dove, a Black woman is 80 percent more likely to change her natural hair to meet...
According to Dove, a Black woman is 80 percent more likely to change her natural hair to meet societal standards or expectations in the workplace.(none)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 2:06 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee lawmakers are set to discuss a bill that aims to end race-based hair discrimination Tuesday.

The CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful & Open World with No racism was proposed to “create a respectful and open world for natural hair.”

According to Dove, a Black woman is 80 percent more likely to change her natural hair to meet societal standards or expectations in the workplace. The report also revealed Black women are nearly 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from work due to their hair.

Democratic Representative Karen Camper said the bill will amend the definition of race to include traits like hair texture and protective styles. Protective styles include locks, braids and twists.

Camper said individuals should not be fired or lose promotions because of their hair and “nobody should be told how to wear their hair.”

Legislation similar to the CROWN Act is currently in place in eight states.

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