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Senate Judiciary approves Crown Act, prohibiting race-based coiffure discrimination, in shut vote

MORGANTOWN – Payments to stop racially primarily based discrimination primarily based on hairstyles have sat idle for years in each homes of the state Legislature.

However SB 495, the Crown Act, made a step ahead late Thursday afternoon, advancing out of Senate Judiciary after greater than an hour of debate, in an in depth 10-7 vote.

The invoice goals to ban discrimination primarily based on race that features discrimination primarily based on hair textures and protecting hairstyles traditionally related to a selected race, the place the time period protecting hairstyles consists of braids, locks and twists.

It was obvious the highway can be exhausting as quickly because the invoice was introduced earlier than the panel and Sen. Patrick Martin, R-Lewis, moved to desk it. That failed.

Committee counsel instructed the members that 23 or 24 different states have already got related payments. And dialogue additionally revealed that the U.S. Supreme Courtroom banned discrimination primarily based on hair again within the Nineteen Eighties. West Virginia’s Human Rights Act prohibits racial discrimination, however this invoice clarifies that hairstyles are a part of that.

Miss Black West Virginia Veronica Clay-Bunch, invited to talk on the request of lead sponsor Mike Caputo, D-Marion, stated her daughter suffered hair-based racial discrimination on her cheer squad, the place she was required to undo her locks and undertake the cheer ponytail.

Her daughter didn’t have sufficient hair to do a ponytail, she stated. That made her daughter really feel defeated. “It was lots for her emotionally. … There was nothing to guard her in regard to her hair.”

Sen. Mike Azinger, R-Wooden, recalled that the invoice originated years in the past as a result of a male wrestler was required to chop his hair. For the wrestler, Azinger stated, guided by his Black coach who required it, the haircut was a studying alternative on how you can be a teammate.

He instructed Clay-Bunch, “Possibly your daughter shouldn’t be studying that lesson additionally due to your actions.” He additionally steered possibly Clay-Bunch was fostering a sufferer mentality in her daughter.

He requested, “You’re saying it’s unequivocally about race?” She stated, “100%.”

Nicole Cofer, who works for the state Supreme Courtroom however spoke on her personal behalf, stated her two daughters have distinct hair – one a blonde, curly afro and the opposite curls that develop straight down. There’s no approach they could possibly be required to have their hair conform to sure textures or kinds, and she or he absolutely helps the invoice.

“It is a nice method to embrace all of us in that dialog.”

Senators spoke for and towards it. Sen. Chandler Swope, R-Mercer, stated, “I’ve spent my entire life combating racism.” However hairstyles are fleeting, they arrive and go, and it might be unattainable to correctly enshrine that in state code meant to final years and a long time.

Sen. Mike Stuart, R-Kanawha, reminded his colleagues he was a U.S. legal professional, and his workplace had an energetic civil rights division. However defending hair might result in defending tattoos and different issues.

“I believe it’s a harmful development to go down,” he stated.

Caputo recalled the 2019 scenario the place a Woodrow Wilson Excessive Faculty basketball participant was benched for dreadlocks. “The place does this finish?” he requested. “We must always ship a message West Virginians don’t settle for that form of conduct and also you’re welcome right here.”

Committee chair Charles Trump, R-Morgan, referred to as the invoice an vital one. It’s not a legitimate argument to reject it as a result of protecting hair discrimination is already unlawful. States duplicate federal civils rights legal guidelines on a regular basis.

“This invoice is about taking away the refuge of pretext,” he stated – the pretext that somebody is coping with hair and never discriminating primarily based race. “Certainly we are able to rise above that and go this invoice.”

Together with Azinger, Stuart, Swope and Martin, Sens. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, Mark Maynard, R-Wayne, and Jay Taylor, R-Taylor voted no.

Voting for it have been Trump, Caputo, co-sponsor Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, Jason Barrett, R-Berkeley, Vince Deeds, R-Greenbrier, Invoice Hamilton, R-Upshur, Mark Hunt, R-Kanawha, David Stover, R-Wyoming, and Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha.

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