The U.S. House recently passed legislation that would ban race-based hair discrimination in employment and against those participating in federally assisted programs, housing programs, and public accommodations.
The Democratic-led House voted 235-189 to pass the CROWN Act — “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.”
The bill seeks to protect against bias based on hair texture and protective styles, including locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, and Afros.
“Natural Black hair is often deemed ‘unprofessional’ simply because it does not conform to White beauty standards,” Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement. “Discrimination against Black hair is discrimination against Black people.”
The bill now heads to the Senate, where Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has sponsored the chamber’s version of the bill.
Earlier the Biden administration noted its endorsement of the law by saying it “strongly supports” the CROWN Act and “looks forward to working with the Congress to enact this legislation and ensure that it is effectively implemented.”
Meanwhile, twitter lighted up with tweets such as:
“This is about confronting this Eurocentric standard of beauty, tackling anti-blackness, and lifting the natural African aesthetic. The diversity of Blackness is beautiful.”
“Is this a real problem? I’m sincerely asking, as a white guy with little to no hair. People actually get fired or discriminated for natural hair? Seems like something you could sue for easily, its crazy that this needs to be a law, especially with all the other stuff going on.”
“Black is beautiful and so is our hair.”
“For anyone who has ever faced hair discrimination or punishment for showing up exactly as you are, the #CROWNAct is for you.”
“TY to my sisters-in-service & the movement for making the House passage of the CROWN Act possible.”
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