The CROWN Act, a law that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle and texture, just got one step closer to becoming a nationwide mandate. After being introduced to the House of Representatives in December 2019, the act has been passed and will now move forward to be considered by the Senate. If it is passed by the Senate, natural hair discrimination could be deemed illegal nationwide.

“For far too long, Black women have been penalized for simply existing as themselves — that ends today. The House just passed the CROWN Act to end hair discrimination,” Representative Ilhan Omar announced to Twitter on September 21. “This passage is long overdue, but an important step forward to combat racial discrimination.”

This is the simplified version of what needs to happen next in order for the Crown Act to become law across the country: At least 51 of the 100 Senate members must vote for it…

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