By Bob Katzen
The Senate gave final approval to and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would prohibit any person or entity including educational institutions workplaces and public spaces from implementing any policy that would explicitly target someone who wears their natural hairstyle. The measure defines natural hairstyle as hair texture, hair type and protective hairstyles including braids, locks, twists and other formations.
Supporters said this racial discrimination occurs far too often and argued it is time to put a stop to it. They are hopeful the governor will sign the bill which has been worked on for years and has finally made it to the governor’s desk.
Sponsor Rep. Mike Day (D-Stoneham) said the measure would ensure that students and workers won’t be forced to cut their hair in order to participate in activities or go to work.