Republicans block bill banning black hair discrimination

This is the second time the GOP has stepped in to kill the CROWN ACT

the CROWN ACTa US law that would prohibit discrimination against a person because of their hairstyle or natural texture, ran into another hurdle, as Republicans halted passage of the bill in the Senate.

The Bill’s journey thus far has been far from straightforward. In the US legislature, for a bill to become law, it must pass through both houses of Congress: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The CROWN Act was first introduced in the House of Representatives in December 2019 by Representatives Cédric Richmond, Ayanna Pressley, Marcia Fudge and Barbara Lee. It was initially passed before the House in September 2020, but later stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate.

The bill was reintroduced in the House in March 2021 and successfully passed a second time in March 2022, despite fierce opposition from Republican representatives. However, on December 14, 2022, the bill was introduced in the Senate and, once again, blocked by Republican senators.

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, the sponsor of the bill, addressed the House a day after the bill was suspended. “I rise today because the Republican Party has once again chosen to oppose civil rights,” she told her fellow Representatives, adding that “I am here disappointed but not defeated,” and then invited the senators across the aisle to party. politics aside and “choose to stand up for justice when the next opportunity presents itself”.

The CROWN Act, which stands forVSto create a Rrespectful and Open Oworld for NOTnatural hair,” began life as legislation in California, where it was passed unanimously by both houses of the California State Legislature in the summer of 2019. The law was later passed into law in other states including New York, New Jersey, Washington, Virginia. and Colorado, where it has been enshrined in state law. The bill currently being debated in Congress would become federal law, meaning it would become law across the United States if it passes.

In response to Republicans’ blocking of the bill, Rep. Coleman and the Congressional Black Caucus, an organization that advocates for issues important to black Americans, urged Senate leaders to include the CROWN Act in its sunset legislation. ‘year.

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