Friday, May 14, 2010

Oh, the crazy things people say...

So, recently, my baby sister has cut off her locs and is now wearing a TWA (teeny weeny afro). She simply felt she needed a change and decided to let go of her 97 locs. However, of course she has received numerous feedback from others on how they felt about her new look. Most ranged from surprise to like. Yet, she was telling me how this one lady will repeatedly say, "A, since you changed your hair you look so militant. I'm just waiting for you to blow something up!"

Wow...

That is all I could say once she told me this. It's crazy because people don't realize that their comments are ignorant. Maybe it would have been good to inform the lady about how the comment was ignorant and that natural hair does not always represent militance. Yet, we just have to remember to pick and choose our battles.

I truly believe it will take time but, more people will begin to recognize natural hair as the norm and not view it as a person seeking to make some sort of political statement.

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  1. Most ignorant comments I've heard since being natural:

    "Are you a Taliban?" (I was wearing a headwrap that day)

    "Not everybody can go natural. Some people don't have the hair for it." (If you have hair growing out of your scalp, you have the hair for it).

    "People are going to think you're a lesbian." (You can't profile or stereotype people by hair...there are plenty of long/straignt-haired women who are lesbian and vice versa.)

    "I don't want to be seen with you until your hair grows some...people are going to think we're a lesbian couple."

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  2. OMG!! All of those comments are crazy but, the last one was ridiculous. My goodness!

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  3. That reminds me of when I told my sister she should go natural. Her hair grows straight so it she goes natural, her hair would be slightly wavy and beautiful. She said to me, "Oh no honey, I'm too cute for that!" I couldn't believe she said that. I don't care what people say because I know I am doing the right thing. I will have a head full of hair and they will be balding one day!!

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