IT’S NOW ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST NEW YORKERS WITH NATURAL HAIR

I retrieved this article from a gossip blog, seen here

I did NOT write this, but agree wholeheartedly as a black woman with natural hair, whose been discriminated against at the workplace.  I’m actually a bit confused as to why it not only took this look for this to be recognized, but why it has to be a law in the first place.  This is just one small step towards equality for black/brown women, we have so much more to do when it comes to being taken seriously at the workplace.

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If you are a Black woman who lives and works in the corporate environment in New York City, you can now wear your natural textured hair to work without fear of retribution.  NYC guidelines now make it illegal to discriminate against people of African descent who wear their natural curly textured hair to work.

“Bias against the curly textured hair of people of African descent is as old as this country and a form of race-based discrimination,” said NYC first lady Chirlane McCray, who is a proud member of Team Natural.

Officials at the NYC Commission on Human Rights say the guidelines, which apply to anyone, will predominantly protect people of African descent who have been harassed and even terminated for wearing their natural curly textured hairstyles.

“In New York City, we want to make the bold statement that these prohibitions on hairstyles that are closely associated with Black people are a form of race discrimination,” Human Rights Commissioner and Chair Carmelyn Malalis told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. “They really fail to consider the toll these bans take on black identity.”

Black women in particular have been harassed in the workplace for wearing afros, dreadlocks, twists, bantu knots, and braids extensions or so-called protective hairstyles.  “Hair is an incredibly personal thing. Hair is a part of you, and as such we want to make sure that people can express themselves,” Malalis told BuzzFeed.

New York is the first major city to impose a ban on discriminating against natural textured hair. But other cities are still far behind the times.

 

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4 thoughts on “IT’S NOW ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST NEW YORKERS WITH NATURAL HAIR

  1. I can not believe that it is 2019 and we are still fighting for our rights. It really says a lot about the lack of progression we have made. As an embraced naturally curly woman I am sad to see that we are still struggling. As a result of the struggle there are still so many women who are intimidated by embracing their natural and making the transition back to their natural hair. There needs to be more advocacy for us minorities and more encouragement and love for our beauty. We are women, we are mothers and I refuse to allow my child be blindsided by media and corporate interpretation of professional or acceptable hair. This is damaging to our children’s self image.

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