Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed the state’s “CROWN” Act into law late last month and had a public signing ceremony on Monday. CROWN stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” and will ban any kind of hair discrimination allegedly based on race.
This legislation has been introduced in most states across the nation but has only passed in less than half of them. Minnesota was one of the states who forced the legislation through in 2023. The version passed into law by St. Paul Democrats amended the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and reads:
“Subd. 36a. Race. "Race" is inclusive of traits associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and hair styles such as braids, locks, and twists.”
That’s like saying “A woman is defined as a person who identifies as a woman.” Do you see the problem?
Now, Republicans in Texas have given Democrats another win in their culture war battle by passing their own version of this legislation. Make no mistake, this is not about preventing discrimination. Instead, it is about dividing people into obscure categories and dividing us further.
Here's the language of the HB 567. The bill passed the Texas House by a vote of 143 to 5 and the Senate by a vote of 29 to 1.