Urma Redmond

Crazy Hair Discrimination Moments that Prove We Need the CROWN Act

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Curlfriends...it’s been a long time coming. 


As much as we wished that the curly road to the CROWN Act was an easy breezy one, that’s far from the truth.


Honestly? It’s been chaotic, crushing, and during some points, completely ridiculous.


Hair discrimination has always played a role in our Black hair history. Here are a few monumental cases: 


EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions 


Chasity C. Jones was ready to start her new job as a customer service representative off on the right curl. Instead, her employer rescinded her offer after she refused to cut her locs.


That’s crazy.

 

 

Jenkins v. Blue Cross Mutual Hospital Insurance 

Beverly Jenkins was rocking her fro, loud and proud, when her employer, Blue Cross Mutual Hospital Insurance, had the nerve to tell her that her natural hair was “inappropriate.”


Jenkins took this case to court and actually won (which resulted in a win for curls everywhere!), but even still...that’s crazy.

 

 

Here’s an even crazier fact: cases like these are still happening. Yes, in 2021!


The worst part? They’re happening to the kiddos.

 

 

We’re sure you’ve heard of these disappointing stories: 


In New Jersey, an 16-year-old boy was forced to have his natural locs cut right before a wrestling match. The referee had deemed his hairstyle as "unnatural". (December 2018)


In Louisiana, an 11-year-old girl was told not to come back to school after arriving in box braids, being told that hair extensions were deemed unacceptable in a new school policy. (August 2018)


A 4-year-old boy was forced to take down his braids at his school on Chicago’s West Side. His hairstyle was reportedly “a violation of school policy.” (March 2021)


The last case especially hits close to home for us. As a Chicago-based hair company, our heart aches at the thought of a child being punished for his natural hair in our city.

 

 

These instances tell a tale as old as time. They have only proved this important point to be true:


Hair discrimination needs to be banished.


We’ve seen how hair discrimination affects the livelihoods of our Black hair community. Women have literally lost out on jobs, promotions, and related opportunities due to their natural hairstyles.

 

 

 

 

We’re now witnessing the livelihoods of Black children being negatively affected due to their natural hair and Black-specific hairstyles


There are so many devastating effects that can occur to kiddos from hair discrimination, such as: 

  • Lack of education 
  • Lack of confidence 
  • Lack of self-love for their natural hair 

This is why it’s so important that the CROWN Act (approaching its second anniversary) is up and running to protect curls, kinks, and coils everywhere against hair discrimination.

 

 

Black hair has come sooooo far, and we still have a long way to go. But by celebrating and supporting the CROWN Act, the road will be a lot smoother


As a Black-owned company that especially supports Black hair, we’re definitely inspired to continue to grow and set a new standard for embracing and cherishing healthy curls everywhere. 


Have you ever experienced an issue with hair discrimination? Let’s start a conversation in the comments below!

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