The CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, is a law that prohibits racial discrimination based on natural textures and protective hairstyles.
The CROWN Coalition (Dove, National Urban League, Color Of Change, and Western Center on Law & Poverty) believes natural hairstyles should be celebrated, not discouraged. For this reason, they are committed to Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair.
The CROWN Act aims to prohibit discrimination based on natural hair textures and hairstyles, particularly those that are associated with discrimination against African Americans and people of African descent. We need to put an end to race-based hair discrimination. Everyone should be proud of their natural hair and not feel pressured to conform to narrow beauty standards by chemically altering their natural traits.
Hair discrimination has been a form of systemic racism that African Americans and people of African descent have faced for generations. It has resulted in many people receiving negative comments, derogatory remarks, and being denied a job or educational opportunities solely because of their natural hair. As a result, many African American women have been forced to either lose their jobs by wearing their natural hair or resort to using chemical relaxers to conform to social norms, which can cause damage to their hair and scalp.
It’s important to note that discrimination based on hair color also affects people who are born with blond, red, or other hair colors. None of these should be grounds for discrimination. We want future generations to be proud of their hair and celebrate their own unique beauty.
Discriminating against someone because of their natural hair is unjust and unacceptable. To combat this, we must push for anti-hair discrimination laws that ban such practices in schools, workplaces, and public areas, challenging narrow beauty standards and promoting diversity and inclusivity. Everyone should embrace their true selves, including their natural hair, which can help them feel confident and empowered. The CROWN Act is a crucial step toward a more equitable and inclusive society, and its implementation and enforcement are essential for safeguarding the rights and dignity of all individuals.
Governor Katie Hobbs signed the CROWN Act through an executive order making hair discrimination illegal in the workplace on March 17, 2023!
Gov. Hobbs signs order executive order banning hair discrimination.
Katie Hobbs said the order will mean state employees and contractors won’t have to worry about losing work for simply wearing their natural hair.
“Today I am issuing an executive order which will affirm that Black employees of the state of Arizona and our contractors will be able to wear their natural hair without fear of discrimination.
More importantly is the message this sends to all Black women, men, and children. That you deserve to feel comfortable wearing your natural hair at school and in the workplace without being perceived as unprofessional or suffering other negative consequences.
With this action today, we are saying that this will not be the case in Arizona, but if you work for us, we will respect and honor your culture, and you can show up as your true selves. This executive order prohibiting hair discrimination based on her texture and hairstyles in the state of Arizona workplaces directs the department of administration to establish procedures by June 1st of this year. I’m hopeful that this order will set an example for other employers also committed to building an Arizona for everyone and inspire legislation to address these inequities for all Arizonans. “
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