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!"
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.