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CROWN Act Prohibits hair discrimination in Texas

Words by Tess Becker

One of our most important expressions of self is through our hair. But for many, particularly Black and Brown people in the United States, that expression could lead to discrimination in professional settings with locks and curls viewed as as ‘unprofessional.’ 

Now, thanks to the CROWN Act this discrimination will no longer be legal in Texas. 

The CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, would prohibit discrimination on the basis of hair texture or protective hairstyle associated with race, according to the office of Representative Rhetta Bowers, the author of the bill.

“The CROWN Act is a civil rights law that will improve the lives of countless Texans, and it will be appreciated by more people than we can imagine,” Bowers said. 

The bill extends to businesses and schools, and the idea became mainstream after two Texas students were told to cut their hair or face consequences. 

The bill goes into effect on September 1. 

Charity check-in

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The Women Invested to Save Earth Fund. This organization helps support underrepresented and underfunded Black, indigenous, and women of color-led organizations across the world. Find out more and support them here

Black Male Voter Project. They help Black men get involved in the political process around the United States. Find out more

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