WASHINGTON, March 19 – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill banning racially discriminatory hair, especially makeup or ethnic-related styles or ethnic origins such as dreadlocks, Afros and braids.
The bill, known as the CROWN Act, was funded by Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, among others, who cited research showing that black students were more likely to face school arrest, often in violation of their hair-based dress code.
“I want my two girls to grow up in a world where they know they will not be discriminated against because of their hair or appearance,” Omar said in a press release on Friday.
“Natural Black Hair is often regarded as ‘non-professional’ simply because it does not conform to the standards of white beauty,” said representative Watson Coleman, a co-sponsor. “Black racism is discrimination against Black people.”
The law has attracted the attention of some Republicans, including Ambassador Lauren Boebert, who called it “a bad hair bill.”
The CROWN Act was passed with bipartisan support in the house and will now move to the Senate, where it is sponsored by Democratic Alliance Senator Cory Booker. It will need to secure 60 votes in an equally divided room in order to pass.