The bill, which now goes to the Senate, is explicitly designed to protect black Americans who are forced to cut or wear their hair in a certain way at school or at work.
Many instances of this type of discrimination have provoked public debate in the United States. For example, in late 2019, a black teenager in Texas was banned from school for not cutting his treadmill. According to the school administration, they were too long.
Opponents of the bill, including Republican Jim Jordan, have accused Democrats of “avoiding problems that concern the American people,” such as inflation and skyrocketing gas prices. The bill, introduced by the Democrats, received some Republican votes, but a majority of Republicans voted against. This makes the fate of the law uncertain in the equally divided Senate, which has not yet considered the law.
Beginning in California in the summer of 2019, several U.S. states have already banned hairdressing. In January 2021, the U.S. military also changed its mind: women in the military no longer need to wear hair on tight bread.
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