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Natural Hair

A transmasculine person with a natural hairstyle.
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Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday to make it illegal to discriminate against natural hair and hairstyles associated with race.

A customer at Ms. Melanin in Canal Winchester looks at a weave. Ms. Melanin is one of seven black-owned beauty supply stores in the state.
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A city council member in Cincinnati wants to prohibit discrimination against natural hair and natural hairstyles associated with race.

Changing Societal Norms

Jul 22, 2019
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California and New York have both enacted bans of discrimination based on natural hairstyles, bringing state law more into alignment with societal norms.

In California, the law updates the definition of race, referring to hair texture and protective hairstyles, noting that hair can be a proxy for race and that rules against certain types and styles of hair associated with race is racial discrimination. 

Today on All Sides, how societal norms are established and how they change.