More States Signing the Crown Act into Law
Words by: Michelle Dartez
The CROWN Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” is “a law that bans hair discrimination based on race, which is the denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locs, twists or bantu knots.” This campaign was founded by Dove, National Urban League, Color of Change, and Western Center on Law & Poverty, and is called the CROWN Coalition. They are dedicated to the betterment of anti-discrimination legislation across the United States.
“What am I going to do with my hair!”shouldn’t be a life altering decision. Black women have mastered the art of wearing and styling our hair for many occasions and professional settings. But for some of us our style choices are not considered acceptable in the workplace and have been the reason we might be fired or expelled even our kids expelled from school.
The CROWN Act is currently a law in the following states: California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington and most recently Connecticut becoming the eighth state to sign this act into law recently. Nine states are currently considering the CROWN Act, including Georgia, Kansas, and Louisiana. In other states, the act has been introduced into the legislation but has not been passed as of yet.
I have been natural for about six years now. Embracing my curls has been one of the best teaching moments in my life. As rewarding as it has been, I still face challenges when it comes to my professional life and wearing my hair in its natural state. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how “neat” your hair is styled, some people will still say it looks “unprofessional”. Many women experience this and continue to stand in this fight together. Show your support for this monumental time in our history and sign the petition (www.thecrownact.com).