How You Can Support The CROWN Act to End Hair Discrimination
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Racial hair discrimination is a real and devastating experience for millions of black women, men and children in this country. According to a 2019 study, black women are one and a half times more likely to be sent home from work for their hair. Research published in August found that black women with locomotives, twists, or pigtails were classified as less professional and less likely to interview. The effects of hair discrimination have an ongoing socio-economic impact and are another thread in the fabric of systemic racism that cannot be ignored or dismissed.
Discrimination also occurs in schools. Children are "punished" for their natural and protective hairstyles, while some young men have been forced to cut their hair to play sports. The U.S. military only eased restrictions on natural hairstyles three years ago. The national fight against hair discrimination continues and is supported by the CROWN Act and the CROWN Coalition.
The CROWN Act has already been passed in seven states and stands for creating a respectful and open world for natural hair. The aim is to end racial discrimination against hair. On September 21, the House of Representatives passed the federal CROWN bill, introduced by Representatives Cedric Richmond, Barbara Lee, Marcia Fudge, and Ayanna Pressley. If this were approved by the Senate and signed by President Donald Trump, it would mean that racial hair discrimination would be illegal in any state, including the majority of states that have not yet passed their own version of the law. As a citizen, you have the power to pass the CROWN bill in both your state and the Senate simply by contacting your lawmaker.
How do you start campaigning for the bill? We made it easy for you. Follow the steps below starting with signing the CROWN Act petition. Then, reach out to your senators, state officials, and governors using the email template provided. Finally, head to social media and let the world know that you are against hair discrimination.
Sign the petition
There is power in numbers, and more than 200,000 people have signed the CROWN Act digital petition. It only takes a few seconds to sign and once you have said your name, you need to spread the word.
What can I say?
When you're ready to email or call your senators, use the CROWN Coalition-approved template first. Be sure to fill in the blanks with a personal statement about why the CROWN act is important to you and how it affects your life as a part. You can find the email addresses of your legislator in the next section.
Dear (Senator / Governor) (Last Name),
My name is (your first and last name) and I live in (City) of your state.
I am writing to you today on the CROWN Act to end racial discrimination against hair. Currently, it is legal to discriminate against a person in the workplace or in school for their natural or protective hairstyles in all states except California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, and Maryland.
According to a 2019 study, black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from work for their hair. Research from Duke University found that black women with locomotives, twists, or pigtails were classified as less professional and less likely to interview. The same racial hair discrimination occurs among our children in local schools. The effects of hair discrimination have persistent socio-economic ramifications and are another thread in the fabric of systemic racism that cannot be ignored or dismissed.
(Explain here why you support the CROWN Act both locally and federally. Include a personal story about how you feel about it. Explain to your senator / governor why racial discrimination is important quitting because of hair and how it affects you and your family members and your community.)
(Tell your senator / governor how to vote or act on this issue. Tell your senator to forward the CROWN bill to President Trump's desk. Tell your governor or lawmaker to join the seven states who have already passed the CROWN law).
Please visit thecrownact.com for more information. I look forward to hearing from you and addressing this issue together.
If you'd like to send a less personalized letter, The CROWN Coalition and Dove have pre-written a letter that all you need to do is fill in basic contact information and leave a signature.
Get the letter
Email your senators
After the House voted yes, the CROWN Act is one step closer to law in the United States. It is now up to the Senate - and then President Trump - to pass and sign the bill. Email or call your senators now to let them know why hair discrimination is important to you and how it has affected your life and urge them to pass the CROWN bill.
FIND MY SENATORS
E-mail to your state representative
The CROWN Act was passed in California, Colorado, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington. It was shot down in West Virginia and Nebraska. If you live in any of the 43 states that have not yet passed the bill, click the links below to email your state officials and governors asking them to use the state-level CROWN law to adopt the above letter template. Vetoing federal law will ensure that racial hair discrimination is illegal, at least at the state level.
FIND MY STATE LEGISLATIVE
FIND MY GOVERNOR
Take to social media
After you've sent a letter or made a few calls, check out social media. Tweet on your legislature and ask them to pass the CROWN Act. Invite your friends and family to sign the petition. Start a conversation about hair discrimination. And follow The CROWN Act on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with the latest news.
FOLLOW THE CROWN ACT
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