The United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban race-based hair discrimination at work, federal programs, and public accommodations. The “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2022” or the “CROWN Act of 2022” may be used to refer to this bill.
The bill is aimed to stop any racial prejudices and bias against black people and their hairstyles which include, curls, braids, Bantu knots, and dreadlocks. In 2019, the state of California was the first state to prohibit discrimination against people based on their natural hairstyles. After years of advocating for legislative change against race-based hair discrimination, the legislation has been passed.
The bill was approved by a vote of 235 to 189. Andrew Johnson, who was instructed to cut his dreadlocks in the middle of a wrestling battle or forfeit the tie, and Jonathan Sutherland, who received a letter in 2019 expressing how terrible his dreadlocks appear, are just two examples of hair discrimination.
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Dove, a personal care brand, has been a supporter of this legislation since 2019. Based on their research published on their website, “A Black woman is 80% more likely to change her natural hair to meet social norms or expectations at work and Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home or know of a Black woman sent home from the workplace because of her hair.” The bill will now be addressed in the Senate. Read the entire bill here.
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. pic.twitter.com/iknTUDjFr7
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) March 18, 2022
As shared on her Twitter, a U.S. representative for Massachusetts Ayanna Pressley in a House hearing said, “For recent graduates who fear they must change their hair or cut their locks, to secure a job, the CROWN act is for you.” Representative for Ohio’s Eleventh Congressional District, Shontel Brown expressed,” This long-overdue legislation would finally ban hair discrimination in schools, in the workplace, and in other public places.”
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