BY Sonia Edwards
on Jul 25, 2014
The Daily Show is known for comedically addressing social injustices, but Jessica Williams is the first correspondent on the show to tackle things like racial and gender inequality with this amount of import and immediacy (and in a way that still leaves you sore from laughing). This clip about sexual assault and campus safety speaks for itself:
Last Friday, Williams had a segment on the show addressing the ridiculous new US military uniform codes which, among other things, strictly limit the ways black women in the military can wear their hair. Read More
Two days ago, the Army revised its grooming regulations to prohibit hairstyles specific to black women; although dreadlocks and twists have been disallowed since 2005, these new rules are shockingly strict, banning the growth of natural hair from exceeding 2 inches and braids from being wider than one quarter inch.
Black women make up a whopping one third of females in the military, explains the Georgia National Guard member Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, who has served for 6 years; in protest of the prejudicial regulations, she wrote this petition. Read More
In response to a portrait of Cpl. Kristine Tejada featured alongside an Army magazine article, Col. Lynette Arnhart has launched complaints about the use of a conventionally attractive woman in military press materials. In what she believed to be a defense of women in the military, she wrote her peers about the issue: “Such photos undermine the rest of the message (and may even make people ask if breaking a nail is considered hazardous duty. Read More