On his Last Week Tonight show, John Oliver was in a good mood. He addressed the issue of ‘Black Hair’ and how white people saw it.
“I know I’m not the right person to talk about black hair,” he said on the show. I appear to still visit Valentino, an old-school barber, and request a clean Liza Minnelli.”
John then went on to discuss how white people have traditionally overlooked the cultural origins, meaning, and diversity of black hairstyles, and how this lack of awareness has significant ramifications today, ranging from technical to political.
“Black hair shouldn’t be viewed or corralled by white people,” Oliver emphasized. “White people really don’t need to have an opinion on it and our laws should reflect that.”
The CROWN Act was the focus of Oliver’s call to action this week. The law, which was written in 2019, protects people from being discriminated against because of their hairstyles. Braids, locs, twists, and ties, among other hairstyles, have resulted in unjust punitive practises against Black citizens, according to Oliver.