posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 10:55 AM
It is the results of euro-centrism being prominent and more acceptable in the black community as of late. You want to look more European, not
African, therefore, straighten your hair out. A nappy head, cornrows, etc. etc. can be seen as "ghetto" but that isn't always the case.
If you look at the 90s' black culture and compared it with today, blacks were highly interested in Afro-centric fashion, hair, and culture. Their
black heritage was still important and relevant as opposed today, it seems. There was a revival, almost, of the 1960s' black culture to a certain
extent. Sure, there were large amounts of violence and drugs but there was also a large percentage of blacks trying to make something of themselves
and get away from the gang culture that is so prevalent in some cities.
Today though, it does not seem that way. Hip-hop culture has become the dominant force in the black community, and to a certain extent, it's
problematic because it lacks a true educational value. Cornrows, nappy head, and even a beautiful afro on a black woman may be considered "hip-hop"
rather than an expression of black culture.
Do you see what I am getting at? Hip-hop culture has replaced black culture. Black culture promotes education, unity, political awareness, black
history, and family values, while hip-hop culture celebrates black culture through music, fashion, individuality, language, and expression.
Should we blame blacks for this move to be more euro-centric? Possibly. However, I honestly think there has always been a hidden motive in keeping
blacks confused and take their attention away from what's most important.