So I’m minding my own business, in my own little world I appropriately dubbed as Procrastination Island where I ignore all the things I have to do to lollygag on the bigot central that we call Facebook. And my little brown peepers scoop out a comment from a gentleman talking to a young lady who had just gotten a fresh sew-in saying “I wish more black women would return back to their roots and embraced your blackness.”
Does this confused young man really think that one’s hair is synonymous with being consciously aware of social injustices? So lil’ mama with the Remy Bohemian Wave can’t “Fight The Power” because she doesn’t have her twist out popping today? #BoyBye.
Whilst I appreciate the young gentleman’s love of natural hair, I think he’s still missing some key points. Ones style choices is not synonymous with awareness. You can still stand up against injustice with a bohemian curl and still be an Uncle Tom in bantu knots.
This goes back to our reasons for the things we do. There is a lot of confusion in the world. We are trying to shed labels, but yet we still continue to put them back on people as we see fit. We want to don the garments of a harlot, but don’t want to be considered as such. We want to be viewed as Christians, but don’t want are un-Christ-like behavior to be questioned. We want to wear Dashiki’s and Afro pics and have Facebook sermons, but we don’t want to put our money where our mouth is and build up our community. Baby, you have to pick something. Are we doing labels or nah???
I’m a black/African-American, dark skinned, natural hair wearing, married, Christ Follower, heterosexual, female-identifying woman who is trying to gain as much knowledge as she can to navigate this crazy planet we live on and trying to make society a little better at a time for our current and future generations. Am I “woke”? I more identify with “I see you, boo.” I’m aware of the social, economic, racial injustices that occur in the world, and just like a lot of you, trying to figure out how to change it. Do I turn into a twitter gangster or Facebook preacher? No. I abide by the old school rule of getting all the facts, processing the information, then figure out how to deal with them.
The moral of the story is we consistently try to fit people in our small boxes when the world is not always cut and dry. In order to bring positivity in the world, you must address the darkness so you will know where to breathe light. Breathe light, people.
Song Of The Post : India.Arie “I Am Not My Hair” – (y’all knew this song was coming sooner or later)