THE CROWN ACT: THE POLITICS OF BLACK PEOPLE’S HAIR

Written by on October 24, 2019

Story by Chuck Tackett

THE CROWN ACT: THE POLITICS OF BLACK PEOPLE’S HAIR

“The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.”

James Baldwin

Civil Rights Activist

With our television airwaves constantly being bombarded with the shenanigans of Satan Incarnate and his elected GOP demon spawn, it is quite easy to get distracted by important events that happen because of the Republicans’ daily does of mayhem and foolishness.

Several months ago, an important piece of state legislation from California was signed into law on July 3rd by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. Hopefully, other states will follow suit and with enough support, it could become Federal law. The piece of legislation, Governor Newsome signed into law in California was called The CROWN Act.

I was not aware of this bill until I watched the new TV show called “mixed ish”, a spin-off of the hit TV show “black-ish.” The CROWN Act was very briefly mentioned, but it was enough to grab my attention.

As stated earlier in this article, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into state law the CROWN Act. The acronym stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” This bill was designed to strictly prohibit racial discrimination based on hair that has plagued Black people for decades. It will stop bans on certain hairstyles such as Afros, braids, twists, cornrows, and dreadlocks. Gov. Newsom stated he thought it was a good idea to implement after the incident of New Jersey High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, who was forced to cut off his dreadlocks in front of the audience attending or forfeit the game he wanted to play. California State Senator Holly Mitchell D-Los Angeles was the author of this bill.

Simply put, this bill is meant to prevent people of color from being victims of Eurocentric beauty, style, and professionalism in schools and businesses.

As I am researching while writing this article, it keeps saying California is the first and only state to put this type of legislation. I then became aware that the state of New York passed into law its ban on ethnic hair discrimination on July 12th.

Andrew Cuomo, Democratic Governor of the state of New York remarked “For much of our nation’s history, people of color, particularly women, have been marginalized and discriminated against because of a hairstyle or texture. By signing this bill into law, we are taking an important step toward correcting the history and ensuring people of color are protected from all sorts of discrimination.”

The states of New Jersey, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Kentucky have followed with proposed legislation they are hoping to pass into law ending this assimilation poisoning.

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