In late February, Athens City Council passed an ordinance that expanded discrimination provisions within the city’s code and defined the procedure for which discrimination claims would be processed.
The ordinance further defines the term “race” under the Community Relations Commission’s definitions listed within the city’s discrimination code. The updated definition extends race to traits, such as hair textures and protective and cultural hairstyles that are historically associated with race. The ordinance lists examples of such styles as braids, locs, cornrows, bantu knots, afros and twists.
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