I rather not be ignorant...can someone educate me?
White Me: Maybe
I’m just ignorant but I don’t understand why its racist for a white
person to have dreadlocks but it is not racist to put harsh chemicals in
your hair to straighten your African hair? Like I wondered if it would
be weird or wrong to get an Ankh (ancient Egyptian cross) tattoo and my
black friend was all “no that’s o.k. I mean If I got a Celtic knot
tattoo would you be offend?” and I said I’d would find it a bit weird
but I would not be offended. idk I’ve been racist before w/out knowing
it I just wish someone would explain it to me.
Black Friend : Power. Power is why. Who holds the power. Why they hold the power.
White Friend :
people straightening their hair is not the same thing as non-black
people having dreadlocks because black people are turned down jobs and
looked down-upon for having their natural hair. They have been expected
to straighten their hair. By white people
trying to have dreadlocks, they’re saying that they want what black
people have, which is what we have been doing since before this country
was founded. I might not be wording everything as best as I can, but as
Kim said, it’s power. White people have power, and that’s why we
shouldn’t take something that doesn’t belong to us.
Other black friend:
The direction of power in the US directly places black culture as inferior and white culture as superior.
This has deep historical roots. Consider how black people were expected to assimilate into whiter standards by straightening their hair or speaking the right form of English or dressing/behaving in certain manners while the black-cultural versions of these behaviors were considered inferior UNTIL a white person decided to try them out and make them “trendy.” Black people are EXPECTED and often forced to conform to white culture, whereas white people are ALLOWED the liberty to traverse cultures as they see fit.
reality is that systemic inequality is very material and present
everywhere. Hair, clothes, language, dancing, music, ALL OF THESE THINGS
come out of an unequal and racist culture, not just a de-cultured vacuum. So, by default, they’re seeping with inequality and racism. So no, it’s really not just hair.
And assuming this separates us is another fallacy that perpetuates this idea that the way to go on is to ignore centuries of trauma and just get along and share stuff when we can hardly even acknowledge that trauma is there. Acknowledging inequality and giving poc and especially black people the power to hold agency over their culture (and over what you can and cannot do) is an important step toward that.
Other white friend:
Because it ruins non-black hair. Non-black “dreads” are just mold traps and destroy the hair.
Black dreads are a way of protecting black hair and are extremely clean.
GOOGLE IS FREE. Read on your own. Research your questions. Stop
making black people explain it to you. Fix your ignorance.