Glamour asked Gabrielle Union, Uzo Aduba, Marsai Martin, and Keke Palmer to read anonymous stories of hair discrimination that readers shared. The incidents range from heartbreaking to infuriating, from microaggressions to straight-up confrontational.
One of the most accessible overviews about the politics of Black Women’s hair is the Chris Rock documentary Good Hair. He was prompted to make it after his young daughter asked him why she didn’t have “good hair.”
Celebrating diversity means celebrating all skin types, hair types and everything else that makes us unique.
As of today, seven US states have passed legislation making it illegal to discriminate in schools and workplaces on the basis of hair type or style. You can sign the petition to help make the CROWN Act the law of the land.
Currently, it is legal to discriminate against a person in the workplace or in schools because of their natural or protective hairstyle in all states except for California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, and Maryland. Hair discrimination remains a source of racial injustice with serious economic consequences for Black people. The CROWN Act corrects these racial injustices by making hair discrimination illegal.
CROWN stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair. If that’s something you support, too, sign the petition!
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