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Bill Prohibiting Race-Based Hair Discrimination Backed By State House 


The #Vermont House has overwhelmingly supported a bill aimed at prohibiting racial discrimination based on hair types, textures, and styles. Representative Saudia LaMont highlighted the increasing instances where Black students, particularly young females, are being reprimanded by school authorities for their hairstyles, suggesting such actions are not only inappropriate but also limit their confidence and self-esteem. Discrimination against Black women in the workforce due to their hair choices was also emphasized, indicating how such biases can restrict job opportunities.


This legislative move follows a series of incidents nationwide, including one in #Texas where a Black high school student faced repeated suspensions over a hairstyle deemed to violate the dress code. Texas, along with several other states, has already implemented laws against race-based hair discrimination through the CROWN Act, which has gained traction at the federal level as well.


This bill's passage in the Vermont House signals a step forward in addressing systemic discrimination, with the measure now advancing to the state Senate for further consideration. Advocates view this legislation as a crucial step towards fostering greater inclusivity and respect for individual choices in personal appearance, particularly among marginalized communities.


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