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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Signs Bill Outlawing Discrimination Based On Hair Styles

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill Wednesday outlawing discrimination based on hair styles historically associated with race.

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DANA TYLER: Today in Connecticut, the governor, Ned Lamont, signed a bill outlawing discrimination based on hairstyles, historically associated with race.

GOVERNOR NED LAMONT: I'm an old white guy, and when I grew up, where everybody was always talking about a melting pot. Maybe you heard that phrase. And in part, they said, we're all going to melt. We're going to become like each other. We're going to dress alike. We're going to speak alike. We're going to wear our hair alike. We're going to change our names so they sound more American. And that was what they thought maybe about a melting pot. But that's not what I thought.

DANA TYLER: So it's called the CROWN Act. It takes effect immediately in the workplace, schools, and other public accommodations. CROWN stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. Connecticut is now the eighth state to adopt a new law on the issue.