Black Americans are all too familiar with the rules that have been imposed on their hair throughout history. Styles traditionally associated with natural Black hair — locs, braids, twists and Afros — have been called everything from distracting to unprofessional in schools and workplaces, leaving many Black Americans feeling pressure to style their hair in ways that conform with Eurocentric ideals.
A bill that recently passed in the Illinois Senate aims to address Black hair discrimination in schools across the state.
State Sen. Mike Simmons, who introduced Senate Bill 817 prohibiting discrimination against natural and ethnic hairstyles, says he was inspired to introduce the bill by stories of Black youth in Illinois facing hair bias.
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