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By Moira Warburton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would ban discrimination based on race, especially textures or styles associated with a particular race or national origin, such as dreadlocks, afros and braids.

The bill, known as the CROWN Act, was co-sponsored by Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, among others, who cited research showing that black students were significantly more likely to be detained at school, often for violations of the dress code based on their hair. . †

“I want my two girls to grow up in a world where they know they won’t be discriminated against because of their hair or how they look,” Omar said in a press release Friday after the vote.

“Naturally black hair is often considered ‘unprofessional’ simply because it doesn’t meet white beauty standards,” said Representative Watson Coleman, a co-sponsor. “Discrimination against black hair is discrimination against black people.”

The legislation drew scorn from some Republicans, including Representative Lauren Boebert, who called it “the bad hair bill.”

The CROWN Act was passed with some bipartisan support in the House and will now move to the Senate, where it is sponsored by Democratic Senator Cory Booker. It will need 60 votes in the evenly divided chamber to pass.

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