John Oliver enlists Leslie Jones, Uzo Aduba to educate white viewers on discrimination against Black hair

John Oliver enlists Leslie Jones, Uzo Aduba to educate white viewers on discrimination against Black hair
The main story on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” was Black hair. Host John Oliver said he knows he’s not the right person to talk about Black hair – “I look like I still go to an old time-y barber named Valentino and ask for a tidy Liza Minnelli,” he joked – but he was willing to risk embarrassing himself because he was really talking about something he knows a lot about: injustice. White people’s lack of knowledge and lack of interest in learning about Black people’s hair and hairstyles often leads to or is a pretext for discrimination. For example, Oliver rolled a news clip of a Black woman talking about being rejected from a call center job for having dreadlocks.

The occasion for Oliver talking about this was the Crown Act campaign, an effort to introduce legislation that will ensure protection against racial discrimination via hairstyle, which disproportionately affects Black women.
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