The U.S. House passes a bill, known as the CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act) , which prohibits hair based discrimination. The bill will prohibit race-based hair discrimination at school, work and in the society. Therefore, if a business owner decides not to hire someone because of their ‘colored spiky hair’, this discrimination would be directly violating the federal civil rights law.
There is a lot for House representatives to work on nowadays, like the Ukraine crisis, inflation in the US, Biden’s beloved Iran nuclear deal that also benefits Russia and rising gasoline prices at home. However, the House is busy working on a more important matter: the CROWN Act, which will help in eliminating hair-based discrimination.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) played the lead role in sponsoring this vital piece of legislation. Coleman still resides back in 1952, not in 2022, as she believes a lot of folks face discrimination on the basis of the appearance of their hair. It’s astonishing to see that a lot of House members voting helped her with passing this legislatively irrelevant bill. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) were among the fourteen Republicans who voted in favor of the bill. After passing the Senate, it will become a law.
During the proceeding, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) made a sane comment by saying, ‘the last fourteen months have been chaotic but the Democrats are focused on passing a bill on hair.’ Ilhan Omar (D-MN) got upset with Jordan’s statement and criticized the Republicans for not understanding the discrimination experience because of a certain hairstyle.
In the Senate, the main sponsor of this bill is Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), as he believes that this bill will help ‘people feel proud about their hair and they should not be facing harassment, punishment or dismissal from their jobs because of their natural hairdo.’
It’s good to see our elected House members dealing with the issue of hair discrimination. With a lot of bigger complications piling up at home and internationally, their priorities are most certainly questionable.