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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
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A friend I went to school with, who is now studying the trans-atlantic hair trade, wrote this piece:

A: Can you touch my hair? Did you really just ask me if you could touch my hair? My African diasporic hair that you have devalued through your ads for straight long blond hair? The hair that you have invented countless products to, “curl-I-cure”, to chemically straighten with lye, to singe with the hotcomb. You mean you want to touch the hair that you call nappy, coarse, black, “natural”? OH, so you want to touch my hair because of all the styles that it can hold, or all of the volume that it has, or the shape of the Afro it takes when not disturbed. You want to touch the hair that has come from a race of people so deeply connected to mother earth that our hair resembles that of the roots of trees. Ok, I understand, you want to touch my beautiful Afrocentric hair because now that you have gotten over your shock of the “Black is beautiful movement,” and the huge Afro’s of the Black Panthers and everything political my hair embodies, I am “acceptable,” my differentness makes me exotic, and my hair adds to my otherness which you buy up, sterilize, and place into your ziploc bag of “diversity” and take to work and show your friends. I know why you want to touch my hair; it is to see what it feels like, if it smells like shampoo, if the grease in it will stain your hands. You want to touch my hair to cement in your mind that I am always the other, but that it is okay, because “we’re past all the racial stuff, right…” Wrong! Here in America my hair has never been valorized, and as you watch that Herbal Essence ad and see hair like yours, long and blonde and shiny and thick, YOUR standard of beauty is certified, validated, and confirmed, while mine is thrown to the wayside. So for the last time, let me tell you, NO you cannot touch my hair. It is not some animal on display in a zoo for public critique. My hair is my hair, is MY hair. So no, miss, you cannot touch my hair.

Oh, and by the way, they’re twists, not dreads.

Alex & all my other sisters

Click through the link to read the rest of her post on her blog: feel free to read through her whole blog! She currently studying the Indian hair trade and the effects it’s having on the global black community - and her blog is keeping track of what she learns as she travels to South Africa, Ghana, India, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. There, you can read about her experiences, the things she learns, and how her research is coming along.

Just wanted to pass along her work =)

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    wow…if only I had the courage to tell people off when people insist on touching my hair
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  9. poettc answered: quite thought provoking , i applaud this rebut speaking on one of the aspect that African Americans are demoralized. KUDOS!
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    I absolutely love this.
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  17. callmeclinton answered: wow, I never thought how rude it is to ask that, Great piece of writing.
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    LAWD! YES!
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