Kansas City Passes CROWN Act to Protect Natural Hair Types

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Kansas City, Missouri, is the latest jurisdiction to implement a “CROWN Act” ordinance, prohibiting discrimination based on natural hair types and hairstyles commonly associated with race and racial identity.

Source: NeonShot / shutterstock What Kansas City’s Ordinance Says

Ordinance 200837, known as the “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act,” took effect on November 1. The ordinance modifies the definition of race to include “traits historically associated with race.” Such traits include but aren’t limited to braids, locks, twists, afros, and hair texture.

The ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, brokerage services, commercial real

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