Melissa Harris-Perry waded deep into the politics of African-American’s hair. The segment above does a good job of showing the type of dialogue featured on her show. There’s more to watch from her show but the societal pressure placed on blacks, particularly black women, to have “normal” looking hair. But society has defined normal to be white… which is purely bull shit. Normal hair should be defined what grows naturally and not what a majority of people in power just happen to have! Need some lessons? MHP is on the case!
I’ve written about how hair is political when Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair made it onto the charts.
While the song is just another catchy tune to make the Smith’s more money it also carries with it a strong message of hope to little girls of color around the country. Willow had this to say about her song “Whip My Hair means don’t be afraid to be yourself and don’t let anybody tell you that that’s wrong. Because the best thing is you.” That is a great message for young girls to take home with them.
Not the greatest writing on my part but Willow’s message is still true. We need to create a society in which people do not need to hide what is natural for them. That includes who someone loves, how they practice their faith, and yes something that many might see as simple… one’s own hair.
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