And the hair has it!
As of last week, the House of the U.S. Federal Government (like them or not) passed the CROWN ACT. This piece of legislation bans hair-related discrimination. Passed in a 235-189 vote, the measure titled H.R. 2116 was introduced for (and the CROWN acronym stands for) “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.”
The bill will now go to the Senate for country-wide application consideration.
From a high school varsity wrestler (in our home state of N.J.) forced to either cut his hair or forfeit a match to employers telling a worker they are embarrassed by that worker’s hair to children called out in their grammar school for the hairstyle they are wearing, it seems there have been too many instances of people not being free to wear the hairstyle they wish, and actually being discriminated against. As the legislation specifically states: “Routinely, people of African descent are deprived of educational and employment opportunities” for wearing their hair in natural or protective hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, or Afros.”
Some states have already enacted The CROWN ACT into law…and yes, New Jersey is one of them! But a national act has not yet been passed. The House vote is the first step towards this.
Working hard to help people restore their confidence through hair replacement and restoration, it seems obvious anyone, anywhere, should be able to wear their hair in any way one wishes. Can’t we simply assume it would be the most natural thing in the world, even when one isn’t wearing their natural hair, that a person would not want any problem with how they style their locks?
Obviously, there is more at stake here than seemingly just people wanting to wear their hair a certain way.
Only time will tell where the CROWN ACT leads.