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  • George A. Rose, Esquire

The CROWN Act's Impact in the East & Beyond

Updated: Feb 8


Introduction:

In recent years, the United States has seen a significant movement towards acknowledging and addressing subtle yet impactful forms of racial discrimination. One such initiative is the CROWN Act, which stands for "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair." This groundbreaking legislation targets hair-based discrimination in employment and educational settings, a prevalent but often overlooked issue.

 

The CROWN Act: A Closer Look

The CROWN Act seeks to eliminate discrimination based on hair texture or hairstyles commonly associated with particular races or national origins. It's a response to the widespread and often institutionalized biases against natural hair styles like afros, braids, twists, and locs. Such biases have profound effects in workplaces and schools, impacting individuals' opportunities and experiences.

 

Adoption on the Eastern Seaboard

Several states along the Eastern Seaboard have been at the forefront of adopting the CROWN Act. These include:

 

1. New York: A pioneer in embracing the Act, setting a strong precedent for other states.

2. New Jersey: Quick to follow New York, reinforcing the regional commitment to this cause.

3. Maryland: Another early adopter, highlighting the Act's significance in diverse communities.

4. Virginia: Demonstrating a growing awareness and acceptance of the Act in the South.

5. Delaware: Joining its neighboring states in combating hair-based discrimination.

 

This regional adoption marks a significant step towards creating more inclusive environments in Eastern states, acknowledging that personal and cultural expressions through hairstyles are integral to individual identities.

 

The CROWN Act at the Federal Level

Despite its success at the state level, the CROWN Act has encountered hurdles in the US Congress. While the Act passed the House, it faced opposition in the Senate in late 2022. This blockage has prevented it from becoming a nationwide law. The continued advocacy, however, keeps the hope alive for future federal adoption.

 

Impact on Employment and Education

The CROWN Act's implications for employment and education are profound. By prohibiting hair-based discrimination, the Act ensures that individuals can express their cultural and personal identities without fear of repercussions in their professional and academic lives. It paves the way for a more inclusive and diverse society where differences are celebrated rather than discriminated against.

 

Conclusion

The adoption of the CROWN Act, particularly along the Eastern Seaboard, marks a turning point in the fight against hair based racial discrimination in the United States. It embodies a growing recognition of the importance of diversity and the need to actively combat subtle forms of bias. While the journey towards federal recognition continues, the Act’s adoption at the state level sends a powerful message: that respect and inclusion are not just ideals but actionable commitments.

 

As we witness the Act's unfolding impact, it's clear that the CROWN Act is more than legislation; it's a catalyst for change, fostering a more respectful and open world for all.

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and its significance in combating hair-based discrimination.

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