HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Legislative Black Caucus has announced it’s working on a bill that would ban discrimination based on hair textures and styles commonly associated with race following the suspension of a black high school student near Houston.
State lawmakers, accompanied by black officials and advocates, introduced the CROWN Act at a press conference on Thursday, the Texas Tribune reported.
CROWN stands for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, and the measure would protect against “unjust grooming policies that have a disparate impact on black children, women, and men” in workplaces and public schools, CROWN Coalition advocate Adjoa Asamoah said. The coalition is a national alliance of organizations working to end hair discrimination.
The bill is a show of support for students like Deandre Arnold, who was suspended from Hill High School in Mont Belvieu and won’t be able to attend graduation unless he cuts his dreadlocks.
Barbers Hill Independent School District, which includes Hill High, prohibits male students’ hair from falling below their eyebrows or ears.