Actors' Equity Association has released the following statement in response to the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act passing in the House of Representatives. Thanks to the leadership of Congressmembers Bonnie Watson Coleman, Barbara Lee, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Gwen Moore, who introduced this bill, it will now go to a vote in the Senate.
"Equity strongly agrees that hair texture is a protected racial characteristic, and it's time for federal law to recognize this," said Kate Shindle, president of Actors' Equity Association. "This law asserts that neglect or penalization of a worker due to their natural hair texture is racist and illegal. We urge swift passage in the Senate."