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Minnesota Legislature considers banning discrimination based on hair textures, styles


February 14, 2020

Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

Stylist Erika Carter worked on AK Wright's hair Wednesday morning at the Beauty Lounge in south Minneapolis.

AK Wright feels lucky that, as a doctoral student in feminist studies, she doesn't have to worry about her dreadlocks prompting discrimination. But in a corporate environment, she thinks her hairstyle might draw more scrutiny.

"I feel like there's always been an understanding that black hair, the way how it comes naturally, is not professional," said Wright, 25, who attends the University of Minnesota. "And [a belief that] it's unkempt and unclean ... hair discrimination is just a part of the history of white supremacy."


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