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In California, It Will Soon Be Illegal To Discriminate Against Someone Because Of Their Natural Hair Texture Or Style

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The California workplace is about to get a lot more inclusive.

On Thursday, California’s state assembly unanimously voted to pass the Crown Act, a bill that will ban employers from discriminating against people with natural hairstyles and textures, including afros, locs, twists, cornrows and other ‘dos that have largely been used as a method to treat Black workers, in particular, unfairly.

The Crown Act, which was introduced by Sen. Holly Mitchell, is now heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, who will sign it into law, PEOPLE reports. 

The legislation, the first-ever statewide ban on natural hair discrimination, will expand on California’s anti-discrimination laws, ensuring that the definition of “race” goes beyond skin color and includes “traits historically associated with race.”

“There are still far too many cases of Black employees and applicants denied employment or promotion — even terminated — because of the way they choose to wear their hair,” Mitchell told CNN. “I have heard far too many reports of black children humiliated and sent home from school because their natural hair was deemed unruly or a distraction to others.”

In December, a Black high school wrestler in New Jersey was forced to cut his locks by a referee just before a match. The news made national headlines and prompted outcries of discrimination throughout social media. This month, the state legislature introduced a bill that would similarly update New Jersey’s discrimination law to include protection for “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.”

“This is a movement to protect Black citizens from systematic discrimination because of a hairstyle,” New Jersey State Assemblywoman Angela McKnight told NJ.com. “We’re more than that. This is a civil rights issue.”

A similar ban against natural hair discrimination already exists in New York City.

Read: These Curly Chicas Taught Me How to Embrace My Natural Hair

The Evolution of Teen Boy Haircuts We Can’t Believe We Ever Lusted For

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The Evolution of Teen Boy Haircuts We Can’t Believe We Ever Lusted For

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They say hindsight is 20/20, but in the social pressure cooker of middle school, the types of shoes you wore, to the backpack you carried, and especially your haircut were all social cues that determined whether you were cool or dorky. Thankfully, those social cues and hairstyles change all the time. For some reason, though, middle school boys are particularly resilient to outside trends. Every boy enters middle school with a certain haircut and goes through an evolution of styles, all of which we found SO dreamy.

Today, we get to laugh till we cry that our poor young souls were ever vulnerable to these looks:

Every boy enters middle school with this “Butt Cutt.”

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Step One: put a bowl over your head and start cutting, granting you the infamously cheap “Bowl Cut” of your childhood. Then, part your bangs to create curtains around your face. Welcome to the Butt Cut, and never forget how cool you thought it was. As worn by Rider Strong, also known as Shawn Hunter of Boy Meets World.

As middle school boys start to feed on each other’s energy, they all end up looking like this within the first six months of school.

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When Justin Bieber rose to popularity, it became Justin Bieber hair. We all know that every other middle schoolboy in school had this haircut. Why? This is when tween boys started to assert their independence. We were all avoiding our mami’s scissors and trying to “grow up.” The irony that this is the cut that will forever be associated with pre-adolescence. 😂

Enter the Emo phase hair cut.

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You might think this is the same as the Bieber cut, but you’d be wrong. The hair is definitely longer and layered toward the bottom. Also, this is the phase when tweens start growing peach fuzz and are usually a little emo about it. Couple peach fuzz mustaches on display like a trophy with longer, mom-avoidant hair and sweeping bangs, and we’ve progressed to the emo phase. Mientras, poor teen girls growing their peach fuzz mustaches are having a whole different experience.

Some go on to grow out quasi-mullets, and we swear this is cool now. 

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Ricky Martin rocked a mullet like nobody else could. The kids that usually end up growing their hair out this long end up falling into the surf or skate bro cliques, the music scene or become Jonathan Van Ness, all of which sound like great options. If you don’t believe us that mullets are back, take a stroll down Silver Lake, Los Angeles and become shooketh.

Others chop their hair a little shorter and go for the fluffy baby bird look.

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We’re in the phase now where everyone is obsessively grooming and brushing their hair. We’re no longer feeling emo about going through puberty and want to let go of that smelly middle school boy reputation. When you see the fluffy bird look, know that they actually care what you think of them now.

Finally, it’s time for the buzz cut.

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The summer between 7th grade and 8th grade is like a metamorphosis beyond that of a butterfly chrysalis. All of a sudden, all the dudes grew a foot taller, aren’t too nervous around their crushes to eat half their lunches, and shaved all the hair off their head. It’s like Mother Nature’s way of giving every 8th-grade boy a fresh start to regrow their hair and find their own individualized identities. 

The very last phase is heavily reliant on hair product.

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I am so sorry, but there is nothing you can do about it. In the 2000s, it was the spiky bleach-tipped look circa ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. Then it was Justin Timberlake’s noodle hair perm coupled with a hairspray form of concrete. Later, it was the very product-heavy mohawk. These days, we have a feeling it’s the undercut matched with a tousled fluff on top. 

This is the part where everyone kind of goes their own separate ways. Finally, we’re not so ruled by all the intense social rules of middle school. The real deal is knowing that no matter what you do with your hair to keep up with trends, you’re always going to give your future self the gift of a good laugh. Go crazy.

READ: This Army Recruit Just Got His First Haircut In 15 Years And OMG He’s Unrecognizable

This Sacramento Bar Is Being Accused Of A Racist Dress Code Many Are Calling A ‘Whites Only’ Sign

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This Sacramento Bar Is Being Accused Of A Racist Dress Code Many Are Calling A ‘Whites Only’ Sign

The way we dress says a lot about who we are. Style and fashion often get called superficial but think about it… Every morning (or afternoon if you’re a late riser like me) we each make a conscious decision on what we’re going to wear. So, of course, our style choices are a reflection of ourselves as people.

And, of course, there are restaurants and bars and clubs that have dress codes.

But one Sacramento restaurant/bar is being accused of targeting a specific style that is well known to be popular among certain communities. The new dress code is being called racist and the modern day version of a ‘Whites Only’ sign.

A popular Sacramento bar has faced a serious backlash after many accused it of creating a racist dress code.

Many people are criticizing a new dress code enforced by a Sacramento, Calif., bar that is accused of targeting African-Americans and whose critics consider it a “Modern Day ‘WHITES ONLY SIGN.’ “

The popular Barwest recently posted a new dress code that lists certain clothing such as sports wear “gang colors,” chains, grills, baggy clothes and track pants that should not be permitted after 10 p.m. in the midtown area bar.

While people say they are used to Sacramento bars banning certain types of shoes, they believe Barwest, which is known for its “burgers, wings and nightlife.” is addressing a certain group of people.

In an interview with CBS Sacramento, Charlene Bruce said “I’m just trying to figure out, who they’re trying not to have come to their establishment. Just say that.”

Bruce said she was shocked when she saw the sign when she was eating at a place next door to Barwest.

And if we needed any evidence that this was specifically targeting people of color, Black Lives Matter says people who aren’t black have bypassed the dress code.

Sacramento Black Lives Matter leader, Sonia Lewis also shared her thoughts about the bar’s new rules, revealing that she was disappointed. 

She told the outlet that the Black Lives Matter chapter used to hold meetings at the bar every week. She said she also spoke to Barwest management about serving people of color in the vicinity as well.

“How could they be taking steps backward was my first reaction,” Lewis told the station. “Like I said, I’m not surprised. It’s very much indicative of the midtown experience.”

While many on Twitter wanted to remind us all that California has long faced the issue of racism.

For many in the Black community, this so-called dress code was just another form of discrimination towards a community who has faced discrimination for decades. California, despite its reputation as a liberal haven, has long dealt with blatant racism. From a failed criminal justice system that unfairly targets people of color to police brutality and unfair housing and employment practices, people of color face an uphill battle in California.

Some suggested that the bar would accept a certain type of apparel over others…

Yes, Sacramento is the capital of left-leaning California but much of the state, including parts of Sacramento, have often embraced racist ideals. In fact, California’s ‘Trump Country’ extends into parts of the city.

Many on social media suggested that not only was the dress code sign likely racist but it was also likely to encourage MAGA-wearing patrons to choose the bar over other options in the area.

Reactions on Twitter ranged from complete and total outrage…

This Twitter user makes a great point. Yes, it’s quite obvious to many that this instance of a strict dress code is being used to target a specific racial group, dress codes are also often used to segregate the classes.

To complete and total ignorance.

This isn’t about dressing like an adult. This is about targeting specific forms of dress that are popular among certain communities. Communities of people who have historically been targeted based upon their appearance, skin color, and form of dress. I mean, ‘no grills?” Seriously? That’s way to specific to just say that they want people to ”dress like an adult.”