Hair Discrimination Bill to Pass in Charleston
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The CROWN Act may not have been passed by the state legislature this year, but the city of Charleston is now passing its own bill to end hair discrimination.
Just days ago, the Rules and Ordinances Committee unanimously voted passage of the Crown Bill for the City of Charleston.
It would ban discrimination against ethnic and African American hairstyles throughout the municipality.
In March, Tamara Rizk, owner of She vs Her Beauty Supply, posted on her professional social media page Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin’s position on the CROWN Act.
“Seeing the city take this stance is very important to me as a black woman,” said Rizk.
The municipal bill is now about to be enacted.
“CROWN was created in 2019 by Dove, the soap maker, there are so many levels of government – state, federal and local, that I’m sure Charleston as a city wants to offer that support,” said Jeanine Faegre , president of the Rules and Ordinances Commission.
This means that employers, schools and workplaces cannot discriminate based on hairstyle or hair texture.
Rizk will tell you, hair discrimination still exists.
“One of the reasons my business exists is because of the beauty standards imposed on black women to look a certain way,” she said.
“I have a lot of women who come in and say ‘hey I can’t wear this to work’, I myself asked a boss to tell me when I had braids and took them off, “oh your hair looks more professional now. ‘”
In Beckley, a student-athlete was told he couldn’t play a game until he cut off his dreadlocks.
Her mother spoke about it at a CROWN Act rally earlier this year.
“He has like that choice and he’s trying to rip his dreads off; if anyone knows when you have dreadlocks it’s not as easy as getting dreads out, ”she said.
The CROWN bill will make this illegal, Rizk also hopes it will help women.
“I hope this CROWN bill will make them more comfortable being themselves,” she said.
The bill now goes to council for a full vote on June 7.
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