St. Louis Mayor Signs Bill Banning Racial Discrimination Based on Hairstyles

FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Whichever candidate St. Louis voters pick in Tuesday, April 6, 2021, mayoral election will face daunting tasks, including a declining population and one of the worst murder rates in the nation. City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderwoman Cara Spencer, both Democrats, advanced to the general election by finish 1-2 (Jones was first) in a new nonpartisan primary format in March.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File)

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones has signed a bill prohibiting race-based discrimination based on hairstyles.

The Democratic mayor, elected last month, signed the bill Friday. Kansas City, Missouri, has a similar ordinance. Several states also have passed the CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair.

The St. Louis bill was sponsored by Alderwoman Shameem Clark Hubbard. It prohibits job, housing and hiring discrimination “based upon an individual’s hairstyle, protective hair, or natural or cultural hair texture or style.”

A similar bill was recently introduced by the St. Louis County Council.

SOURCE: The Associated Press