The CROWN Act and Dermatology: Taking a stand against race-based hair discrimination.

Race-based hair discrimination continues to disadvantage people of color who have been sent home from school or dismissed from their jobs on the premise that certain hairstyles -- such as dreadlocks and knots -- do not meet standards of professionalism. The Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, which has recently been passed by several states and the House of Representatives, prohibits such discrimination based on a person's hair texture or hairstyle associated with race. Dermatologists serve a vital role in advocating for the skin and hair needs of all patients, spanning from the level of personal or clinical encounters to population-level policy legislation. The CROWN Act represents a critical opportunity for dermatologists to coalesce and support this important piece of legislation which defends skin of color and the fundamental human right to non-discrimination.

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