Far too often, people of color – and particularly Black Americans – are subjected to these incidents of discrimination and although strides have been made to end discrimination through policy, it still exists in reality.
We ask for your support for legislation we intend to introduce known as The Pennsylvania CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. This legislation would prohibit discrimination based on a person’s hair type, hair texture or hairstyle.
Dreads, locs, braids, twists, coils, Bantu knots, cornrows, afros and extensions are typically associated with Black Americans. Historically, these hair styles have created a problem for many human resources managers, educators and coaches, who want employees, students, or participants to follow established policies and maintain a uniform “neat” appearance regardless of culture or ethnicity.
We can no longer stand by while individuals are being targeted, harassed, and denied access to opportunities based on their hair type, hair texture or hairstyle.
Join the movement to end race-based hair discrimination by signing onto this petition to urge Pennsylvania Legislators to vote YES on PA CROWN Act, so that we can put an end to race-based hair discrimination. Twenty-two states have passed the CROWN Act into law. Both the City of Philadelphia and the City of Pittsburgh have already passed the CROWN Act.