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Shreveport City Council Preparing To Introduce Hair Discrimination Ordinance

Shreveport, Louisiana is combating hair discrimination by looking to adopt the CROWN Act and Deborah Bayliss at Shreveport Times shares the value that it will bring to the community in the article below.

Marilyn Nieves

In keeping with CROWN Act legislation passed by several other states and cities, Shreveport City Councilwoman LeVette Fuller sponsored a bill that aims to stop discrimination based on natural hairstyles.

A California law, the CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, prohibits discrimination based on hair texture and hairstyle. 

Protected cultural hairstyle means any hairstyle or hair texture commonly associated with a particular race or national origin, including locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, Afros, and any hairstyle in which hair is tightly coiled or tightly curled the ordinance states.

Cofounded in 2019 by Dove, the National Urban League, Color of Change, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty, the CROWN Coalition spearheads national campaigns and political lobbying for protection against “natural” hair discrimination that African Americans continually experience.

If passed, Fuller’s ordinance would put in place those kinds of protections for Shreveport’s African American citizens who wear their hair in its natural state or various “protective hairstyles such as braids, dread locs, or twists.”

With a hair story of her own, Fuller’s ordinance adds a definition for “protected cultural hairstyle” in Sec. 39-1 of the Code of Ordinances.

LeVette Fuller, Credit: Shannon Palmer

Read the full story from Shreveport Times here.

Vanessa Roberson

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