Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

This Colorado bill bans discrimination against ethnic hairstyles. In schools, change means going beyond the dress code.


February 11, 2020

Community members and civic leaders wait to testify in support of the Colorado Crown Act, which would ban discrimination against natural hairstyles at work and in school. The bill passed out of a House committee on Feb. 5, 2020. (Photo credit: Erica Meltzer/Chalkbeat)

Milani Cook remembers sitting between her mother's legs as a little girl, wincing at each tug as her mother ran a comb through her hair. When it was all over, Milani was so proud of the afro she saw in the mirror.

But when she went to school, her white classmates would reach out to touch it. She felt like a pet dog, and she would return home with her hair and her spirit deflated. In middle school, insults joined the unwanted touching. She looked like a sheep, classmates told her. Did she have a mop on her head?


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