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Male, 43, Los Angeles, CA
Posted November 11, 2007
I wrote this article in response to a friend boldly telling me (out of frustration) that she hates her nappy hair.However, this sentiment supra only exists due to a self-consciousness that was born out of the ugly climate of White racism from the past 500+ years.Basically, without being made conscious of the texture of their hair as being some wicked curse stemming from the fictitious Biblical Ham character, or some mark of sin placed on Africans from God Almighty, or a defect on Gods part while making the African, Africans/African-Americans would not have the hang-ups on their hair (and other facial characteristics and physical anomalies, e.g. dark skin, broad nose, thick and protruding lips, large posterior or butt) that many of them have today which has led to the exploitation of such sentiment with the creation of a hair care industry that reaps hundreds of millions of dollars that dont see any of that money returning to the communities where most Black women live in the form of beauty school scholarships and inner city beauty pageants.Im quite sure that before coming into contacts with Whites (Europeans), Africans had no problems with their hair. It only occurred when a contrast was made (between European hair and African hair) and contrast can only exist with isolation and separation, which is the cause of most problems in the world today regardless of race or nationality.With anything Black or African being the opposite of anything White or European, which was allegedly good, positive, and pure, and which was accepted by both Africans (or Blacks) and Europeans alike (due to custom, law, social conditioning, etc.), you automatically have an institutionalized system in place that will reinforce and breed the erroneous and injurious notion that any and everything African or Black in nature is bad, sinful, defective, flawed, or negative. However, this can only exist with the false White (European) concocted paradigm (that White is good and Black is bad) in existence and effect.While this exploitation is piercing and stinging in effect and nature for the conquered people, it is just as piercing and stinging in effect and nature for members of the dominant and ruling class people, which is greatly evident in the United States and which is seen in various industries such as beauty (cosmetics), plastic surgery, Botox, breast and lip augmentation, liposuction, etc.Because many people of all races or nationalities in general and not just Africans/American-Americans are beleaguered with issues of self-hatred (covert or overt), poor or low self-image, and/or low self-esteem, certain industries survive and thrive off of the lower and negative emotions supra. The fashion, beauty, body augmentation, self make-over (like what is seen on television talk shows); alcohol, cigarette, sex/pornography and illegal drug industries are so powerful today (especially in the minds and eyes of females in Western nations) in part due to self-hatred, low/poor self-image, and low self-esteem.The people with the greatest desire to be made over, appearance-wise, are people who dont love and accept themselves and who have low self-image and self-esteem.You will find the people with the greatest addictions to fashion and beauty are either frivolous and/or superficial or suffering from self-hatred, low/poor self-image, and/or low self-esteem (whether they are conscious or unconscious of the fact) and usually due to some perceived notion that they are unattractive, defective or flawed, or inadequate in some shape or form which has been ingrained into their minds and psyche due constantly hearing negative things about themselves which led them to be self-conscious (about their outer appearance).This is very true of people who must always have some name brand piece of clothing on their person. For many people who deem themselves to be nothing, worth-wise, wearing a piece of clothing with a famous persons name on it, makes them someone or somebody in their mind. Fool this Nike! Michael Jordan wear these! You see, Jordan is somebody! Jordan is successful and famous in the world. So some individuals link their worth to Michael Jordans worth, and they do this via Nike tennis shoes and/or sportswear. These individuals who have Nike on their person now feel better about themselves. They are somebody in their minds because they are annexed to Michael Jordan via some tennis shoes with a unique logo on it. Never mind the shoes really only cost $3 in a so-called Third World Nation to make. The simple fact to many individuals that the shoes bear the Nike logo on it and cost over $150 is enough to make them feel important, at least in their mind.I could use the same example supra for people who feel their clothing and other products (i.e. luggage, purse, etc.) must by Gucci, Louis Vutton, DKNY, etc.But how does having a famous persons name on your butt give you worth?CONTINUED IN PART 2
Female, Age Private, Bloomington, IL
Posted March 03, 2008
I must agree with everything the author states here. I have been natural with my hair for five years now. I decided to go natural because the reactions my scalp had before and after relaxing. I will be the first to admit that the beginning rough but I loved it. Before I made the finally decision it was a long though process for me mentally. I had to force myself to go outside the norm. No one close to me or around me had natural nappy hair. My new husband had a fit when I made the big cut (cutting all permed hair off,) my mother threaten daily to perm my hair and my coworkers (all African American) thought I was went crazy. Regardless to the struggles, I can still say this was the most rewarding experience of my life. My hair is so healthy and almost everyone around me is now natural. No longer do my loved ones or I believe that natural nappy hair is bad. We know believe that in our natural states we are very beautiful. Often I am approached by women who state that they would love to go natural. I do my best to inspire. Most women put their hand on their head saying but mine is to nappy. They then make a decision that nappy hair is bad. I have had even more African American women come to me saying they are having a lot of breakage from relaxers. They make the decision to go nappy natural until their hair is healthy and beautiful. Then they put another relaxer on their beautifully grown natural hair, which ends up breaking off again within 6 months.You would think after several of these cycles one would not do this to them. I have not gotten enough courage to ask why they are doing this to their, hair, scalp or self-esteem. I say all this to say that we as a group need to encourage one another. If there were more African Americans exhorting and encouraging each other to be ourselves, we will see that will are beautiful in our natural status. We will understand we do not have to conform to all things. We do not have to assimilate the essence of who we are to be effective in mainstream. There has got to be a stand in our communities that will say I will not die so you will allow me to live. We have got to exhort and encourage one another. Stop killing one another and hating. We have got to start taking pride in ourselves and our community. We are a resilient and powerful people. Love yourself, your family and your community, by celebrating your unique hair, mind, body and soul.
Female, 26, China
Posted July 07, 2012
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Female, 25, Millersburg, OH
Posted November 17, 2012
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