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Originally posted by Jkd Up
... who I have to wonder gave you that impression? Was it elders? School kids? Magazines?
Originally posted by Jkd Up
There seems to be a lot of conversation about this topic as of late and although, I am not one to be racist or anything like that I love a good debate and many of the times I've seen this debate it has been a good one. One of the reasons I love ATS is that the debates and issues I start in threads are not mine, but yours. All those who read this and respond to it.
Nappy, crinkly, coarse, etc. Have been ways that some have described the Afro-American hair. I am amazed how much the Afro-American community has given to the world. Music, clothing, words and slang, a great many things of what surrounds us today revolves around the Afro-American community. Evidently, hair is not one of the things that have made the cross over into pop culture.
Black women spend so much on hair products to chemically straighten their hair, it has been estimated that they can spend over $20,000 annum and up to 70% of the market in hair care product (Tyra Banks Show). This seems amazing and obscene to me considering that my hair is less than a quarter inch long, bu I also realize I am not the norm or of Afro-American decent.
Those with a close eye will note the statistics were relayed to me by the Tyra Banks show by a friend, however, the same person who brought this subject up on her own show is just as guilty of doing this. I was told that Tyra wore her hair in Corn Rows during the episode. Funny, I have seen Tyra Banks quite a bit and I don't remember too many times she walked around with an Afro or Corn Rows prior to this.
Personal grip aside.
Was this issue created by the beauty community just to sell products or is this something that blacks have done to themselves? Do blacks with their natural hair face issues of discrimination due solely on the type of hair they naturally have? Does the Afro-American's hair pose a negative projection one them? Does their hair somehow make them different than someone who is Indian, Latino or white? What would it take to bring the natural Afro-American hair to the limelight as acceptable? Or is this another way to try and keep those of African American decent under and continued to be procieved as "lessers"?
I would like to ask that everyone be nice here. Please do not post racist comments or things like that. I would hope that this debate can be had without that type of low-life comments.
edit on 15-3-2011 by Jkd Up because: Ooops... 4got a point...
Originally posted by thehonestone
Christianity is not a religion, it's a realilty. Therefore God's word is the law and truth. God created all the races and saw that they were ALL good, this includes asians, africans, the whole nine yards. People from africa or with coarse hair have their hair created like that for a reason and science proves it correlates with your environment.
Originally posted by ldyserenity
reply to post by Jkd Up
Being a woman and having friends that were black/mixed etc, I can tell you why this is. First and foremost the "African" hair is very very dry and brittle, very badly for some of the women, not all, but some cannot even grow their hair without these product(conditioners, grease, etc) because it will break off, and this is really saddening to them because they, like any women of any other race, would like to wear their locks long. I once asked my friend in HS about this, this is why I know. And the rest (straightening etc) is a matter of personal style choice. Some like their hair curly, some like it straight, and some love the braids, some like twists, ponytails, etc, etc. Actually there are other races that can have very dry brittle hair too, some latin americans can have that kind of hair, some native americans and some Italian/sicilians too. My daughter had problems with dry brittle hair(the italian in her lol), and depending on self inflicted damage, whites can have it too. I dyed my hair so much for a long time that it happened to me when I moved down to the south and I had to do a lot to get it healthy again. So I hope this helps.