There are times when the African-American community makes complaints, and I cringe. I just do not agree and think people are being too sensitive. Our world is more about class, and wealth.
Most times, I can relate with the cries of injustice and share in the disappointment. Yes, there is still a lot of mis-educated prejudice people out there. I find myself having to explain my Blackness, and why I am different and it is just exhausting. I want to ask, Don’t you know any other Black people?
Saturday, at my hotel job, a man went up to an omelet chef and asked him “Why do African-Americans continue to serve ‘our people’?” What? Why? Is there a guide out there to dealing with insensitive people?
Then I am absolutely confused when I hear the opinions of women like Amy Holmes, Crystal White of Conservative Black Chick or even Stacy Dash. Or reading books like A New Earth that says feeling like a victim is in your mind.
Any way, I am at a place where I am all mixed up. I am not sure how racially sensitive I should be in 2012.
Then I saw this article For White Chicks in Afro Wigs by Linda Villrose. The article had my heart pumpin’… An afro wig, fried chicken and watermelon? Oh hell no.
But wait, Black women wear straight hair all the time?
Why can’t a white girl wear Kinnks? Black Face Lady, that’s why.
Okay, so I went straight to the source.
Michelle, a White woman has a blog called Before And Afro. From what I see, Michelle is working on being more racially sensitive, and has learned the sacredness and the importance of the Afro. I am glad she changed to a blonde Afro – it looks less buffoonery. I had to leave the site after reading prejudice comments from Black and White people.
Is it the Afro is no longer African-American? It is now American like jazz, hip hop or pizza despite its original roots?
Any way – the more I looked at her blog, more I understood. It is kind of weird… but from what I see Michelle is using an Afro to find herself.
Kind of the same way, we grow our natural hair to find ourselves.
What do you think?