INTC Podcast: How the CROWN Act is Outlawing Hair Discrimination Featuring Adjoa B. Asamoah
On this week’s episode of the Introvert N the City Podcast, we’re choppin’ it up with Political and Impact Strategist Adjoa B. Asamoah as she lends us her knowledge and expertise on the CROWN Act.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard of countless Black women and men experience discrimination because of their natural hair. Here are some examples:
- Young man forced to cut his locs before a wrestling match
- Two Harlem girls banned from participating is Christmas play because of their braids
- Black teen girls face detention and suspension for wearing braids
- Black boy told to get rid of his braids if he’d like to continue to attend the Catholic school
- Black woman lost her job because she refused to cut her locs
- Black teen denied job at Six Flags because of his locs
The CROWN Act, which stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair”, is a law that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle and hair texture. First introduced in California in January 2019 by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (District 30) as Senate Bill 188, The CROWN Act expanded the definition of race in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Education Code, to ensure protection against race-based hair discrimination in workplaces and in K-12 public and charter schools. The inaugural CROWN Act was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in California on July 3, 2019 and went into effect January 1, 2020.
ABOUT ADJOA B. ASAMOAH
Adjoa B. Asamoah is an international influencer and impact strategist. She is the founder of ABA Consulting, and is a trusted advisor to federal, state, and local elected officials. She is highly sought after to develop both high-profile and grassroots stakeholder coalitions, and liaise between political and corporate entities. As a mover of policy and culture, evidenced by the legislative victories she spearheaded to codify the nation’s first Office on African American Affairs and introduce and pass the groundbreaking anti-hair discrimination CROWN Act, she mobilizes leaders and communities for social change and collective political action.
Win some hair products from Design Essentials!
This episode is sponsored by Design Essentials, a Black-owned hair care brand that caters to both natural and processed hair. I personally LOVE their products and use the all the time. Peep my twist-out, courtesy of their shampoo, leave-in conditioner, and custard. Enter to win a gift set by:
- Subscribing to the INTC podcast
- Subscribing to the INTC website
- Leave a comment on this post naming 1 thing you learned from this episode.
The winner will be announced on Monday!
Take a listen to this week’s episode!