Why I Have A Problem with Kylie Jenner’s Dreadlocks

Why I Have A Problem with Kylie Jenner’s Dreadlocks

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Apparently, dreadlocks, braids, and full lips are “new” to White people in the same way America was new to Columbus.

Over the weekend, Kylie Jenner posted a picture of herself on Instagram rocking dreadlocks she had done for a “rebel-themed” photo shoot (whatever that means) she did recently in the desert.  Within hours, articles surfaced on the web from style magazines calling her new look “edgy” and “cool,” and scores of White girls took to Twitter to shower her with praise and compliments. But Black women on Twitter were not amused. Black Twitter was abuzz last week as well over a viral photo of a White teenaged girl wearing box braids.  And weeks earlier, after a magazine declared that Kylie’s apparently newly surgically plumped lips were currently “trendy,” Black women and women of color responded with the hashtag #trendylips and tweeted pictures of their naturally full lips – lips they had before it was “cool” to have them.

I, as I think many people were, was more annoyed by the declaration of a full lips trend than I was by Kylie’s lips themselves.  I don’t care about her lips, I recognize that full lips are not “ours” (Black people’s exclusively). But I do have an issue with White people rocking dreadlocks and box braids and other natural Black hairstyles as a fashion statement.  Many of these styles are ways in which Black people’s hair literally grows out of our heads, but we’re told that it’s a problem when we wear our hair that way.

Black children are routinely suspended, expelled, and disciplined in school for wearing dreadlocks, braids, afros, and other natural Black hairstyles.  Many of these styles are deemed inappropriate for a school setting in Catholic and private school codes of conduct, and even in some public schools.  Not more than two weeks ago I read an article about a boy who was disciplined for wearing braids to school, a hairstyle which school administration considered “gang-affiliated.” And I see articles all the time about the cutest little Black girls with afros and afro puffs who are sent home, kicked out, or voluntarily withdrawn from a school by their parents because the school’s administration said they couldn’t wear their hair like that and they refused to change it, rightfully so. More, many Black people are hesitant to wear dreadlocks and other natural hairstyles to work because they are generally considered inappropriate for most professional settings.  My brother cut his dreadlocks a year and a half ago when he was looking for a business internship because, frankly, a lot of White people find the style foreign and intimidating, especially on big Black men.  And a professor of mine told me a story about her nephew who cut his dreads because he got sick of the police harassing him every time he turned around.

I have a problem with White people appropriating Black hairstyles because they will never face the same consequences for those styles that we face.  Many of us wear these styles as statements of pride in our heritage.  But we are implicitly reminded and explicitly told that our natural hair is inappropriate; that our biology is unacceptable.  We face constant efforts to shame and regulate our bodies, to tame our natural features, but Kylie Jenner will never have to deal with that.  Neither will little White girls who wear box braids as a fashion statement, to be “different.” It’s cute on them; it’s cause for concern on us.  And I’m not okay with that.

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  1. Lol that’s ridiculous. Dreads are convenient for everyone. Hair “literally” grows out of white peoples hair too. That might be new to you. You know, sort of like america to columbus. Even though your ancestors might have worn dreads you cant claim hair or hairstyles. You’re acting like black people should have a patent for dreadlocks. That’d be like white people getting mad when blacks wear weaves. Its just hair man. You cant claim something that grows naturally. I get it though. Black people are not treated as fairly as whites. My question is how does you nagging about this help the inequality? If anything this photo should be good for the black community. That photo had 1.1 million likes! So many young people look up to her (even though I dont know why). Instead of trying to point out all of negatives you should look for the positives.

    • Yes, White people grow hair, but their doesn’t literally grow out of their head in dreadlocks. If Black people don’t comb and brush their hair, it locks like that on it’s own. White people on the other hand have to intentionally do things to their hair to get it to lock. My point remains, we get condemned for our BIOLOGY. White people will never experience that.

      • You do know that people of other ethnicities, like myself, have textured hair too, right? The exact same texture, curl pattern and density as African Americans. I’m not black, but I still have to have my hair chemically straightened for it to be straight. When I wear it natural, it is a gorgeous, giant afro. My hair easily forms locks and I’ve rocked the box braids before, because they’re easy for me to maintain and because they look pretty. Would you take less issue with this because I’m not white, but still have a problem with it because I’m not black?

        I truly don’t understand where all of this hate comes from. I can’t wear these hairstyles because I’m not black. What about the non-black hairdressers (like myself) that perform these services for our black clients. And don’t tell me that these clients should be seeing black hairdressers either. I do my job and I do it damn well, which is why I have the amount of business that I do, with clients of all backgrounds and ethnicities. What if I decline to perform a braiding or dreadlock service to a client on the basis that “they’re not black?” What about the products that I carry in my salon that are produced and designed by black women? Should I stop supporting them or contributing to their business on the basis that I’m not black? Do I quit my job and go work in a different part of town because I’m not black?

        Many people have fought and died for equality in this country. We still have so far to go, but profess has been made. Still, it’s not good enough. Now people are crying “EQUAL but SEPARATE!” We want you to accept us and treat us as equals but we want you to know that we are NOT equal. We want you to accept us but we will not share anything with you because these things are ours. Do you know how ridiculous that sounds? It’s like those people who cry outrage at interracial marriage and adoption. Never mind that fact that in a planet full of billions of people, two people have found each other and LOVE. Never mind the fact that a child, whom nobody wanted. now has someone to LOVE him or her and a place to call home.

        You know what, I want equality too, but not at the expense of alienating all those around me who are fighting for the same cause. I don’t take issue with those around me who find my culture and my heritage beautiful or interesting. The more questions people ask, they more they learn about who I am and where I come from, the more they understand and respect. Sure, there will always be those who want to make a mockery of it all, but I’m not focused on them. I’m focused on what I CAN change.

        This whole issue of ownership is RIDICULOUS and sets any community back just as much as the racist idiots who are perpetuate their disgusting stereotypes and hateful propaganda.
        I grew up in the deep south and saw every aspect of racism from both sides. I was too brown for the white people and too white for the black people. I couldn’t date a black man and I couldn’t date a white man. Now you’re telling me I can’t wear my hair the way I see fit because my skin isn’t dark enough?!?!?! Where does it end? Where does it stop? When do we stop dismantling each other over the tiniest things and start loving each other, sharing our cultures and our heritage, teaching and promoting tolerance and love? This country is a country of immigrants! At this point, we are all so mixed and intertwined, who cares!
        IT’S FUCKING HAIR! It’s hair. Be proud of your culture. Be proud of the things that your culture has contributed to this world. But don’t hide it and keep it to yourself. Otherwise, what’s the point?

        • What you just said about equality but separate, is exactly what blacks were fighting in the South when whites were trying to make everything “separate but equal”. Black schools, black bathrooms, black bubblers. It was such an issue back then and they were fighting against it, but now as you have mentioned and I have noticed it as well, it is like they want that now. All of a sudden it is some sort of good thing, for blacks to have their own. Highly confusing, and it is a completely huge step backwards on their part.

        • Louise, I have been thinking for a long time now everything you have posted but you put it perfectly saying the fight has turned to ‘equal but separate.’ Although, in my experience it only goes one way. If ‘white people’ would form an all white group, club, school, etc a gigantic hammer would come down on their heads! BUT, ‘black people’ everywhere have all black fraternity/sororities, clubs, schools, hair salons, clothing stores/lines, etc. and that is perfectly ok, a celebration of their history. It is all very confusing and counterproductive, but (as I read elsewhere) we are living in Obamas America; never in history has a president been so deeply involved in police business and in a lot of ways fed fires, in the past years, that just weren’t there or maybe wouldn’t have blown up in the way they did….I digress, anyway, I come from an extremely diverse family, one that accepts all good people regardless, in a family picture you would see whites, blacks, gays & lesbians, Asians, Philipinos, Christians/Baptists/Atheists, special needs, our own Brady bunch-like mix (yep each came into it with 2 & had 2 together), single moms/dads, and I could go on and on!
          Thank you for so eloquently stating the facts, not a rant that most seem to go on regarding this type of discussion!

      • I never had dreads but from 4th to 8th grade I wore cornrows. I live in Philadelphia and I wasn’t approached and neither were my friends ( who were black, African American and other decedents). I always had a large group of friends from all over the world because Philadelphia is a melting pot, everyone from everywhere come here. My question is does Philadelphia public schools do this if so which ones and where other public schools don’t allow in other states? I cant speak for any type of private do to I didn’t go…

      • You know you’re wrong, right? I’m white and I have dreadlocks. Wanna know how I got them?

        I stopped brushing my hair. I haven’t intentionally done ANYTHING to my hair. No palm rolling, no crocheting, nothing. This is how my hair grew and you can’t claim my blonde dreadlocks that formed when I tossed my hairbrush. Plus, there are plenty of black people that have stopped and told me my hair was beautiful and gave me hugs.

        Instead of arguing over skin color, why don’t we just say, “I like your hair, it’s like mine!”

        What’s wrong with looking at similarities instead of differences?

      • Mr. Patterson, to make a blanket statement that White people will never experience condemnation for their biology is perpetuating an untrue idea. Though traditionally this is not the case, there are fair-skinned people who have experienced prejudice nonetheless. Assuming otherwise is an injustice to those who have experienced such. For example, I have fair skin, and was raised in an area where fair-skinned people were the minority. Even as a child, I was subject to discrimination from my teachers as well as my peers for no more than being a “white girl,” (regardless of my ethnic heritage, mind you) because stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination were deeply instilled in that area, creating a hostile and exclusive environment. In fact, my experience is not just imagined; the principal of one school in the area was recently in the local news for harassing lighter-skinned students (and the few light-skinned teachers). I understand that my experience is uncommon, but it happened nonetheless. I, as a “White person,” experienced condemnation and maltreatment based only on my biology.

        Tl;dr: I take umbrage to your statement and find it beside the point you seem to have intended to make.

        Otherwise, your post itself provided intelligent insight as to why many are upset about this situation, and gave a calm voice explaining the perspective you have. Thank you for sharing it!

      • I am white as this screen I am typing on, but my hair is extremely thick and curly. I am sure if I stopped brushing it, it would nap up and turn into dreadlocks. That is all a dreadlock is anyway…just one giant knot. Also, white people get into trouble for not following dress code. Just because some people experience these injustices doesn’t mean that is the common idea that all white people carry. I do not get all bent out of shape and afraid when a large black man is wearing dreads. Just like you don’t like being told how you should look, act, and be…neither do we. Wow, we have something in common now. I am assuming perhaps you live out in the middle of the west somewhere because here on the East Coast, these problems are almost non existent. I have never seen any black person told that their hairstyle is inappropriate for school or work. Yes, I have lived in amongst a lot of races and this has never been an issue.

      • I’m white and haven’t cut or brushed my hair in 4 years now. I have dreadlocks, and no I didn’t do anything intentional other than simply stop brushing my hair. That’s what hair does when you don’t brush, it locks up. Even my poodle has dreadlocks, it just happens.

        Stop spreading ignorance, dreadlocks started in Egypt and separately in India. The Jewish Nazarites had natural dreadlocks and anyone from any race can too. You don’t need to polarize this into a false dichotomy of white vs. black.

      • Yes, I’m white (blond even) and my hair does “literally” grow out of my head in dreadlocks. I always had a giant knot in my hair that would take 45 painful minutes to brush out. One day I decided I was done with messy uncontrollable hair. I stopped brushing and using tons of expensive conditioner. Within two weeks I have a full head of dreads… naturally. I have had them for a total of nine years. People of all races stop me to comment on my beautiful dreads. So, I would say it is also my Biology. I don’t mean to offend, but It appears you don’t know much about white people. Maybe everyone should spend time exploring our similarities, instead of trying to keep us apart. There are properly more similarities than differences. I didn’t get this hair style to be hip or cool or to imitate someones culture. I just decided to stop fighting and cooperate with my hair… my BIOLOGY. I decided to give up expensive conditioners and go natural. It makes me very sad that me being natural would make anyone feel that I am stealing from them. Should I go back to suffering with the pain of brushing my hair, getting expensive hair cuts, and using expensive conditioners to control my hair so that I look like your version of a white person? Maybe white people also get harassed on the job for dreads and that is why more white people don’t have them and have not had them through out history. I’m sure I have lost out on jobs because I have dreads. But I work in a creative industry and I would not want to work for some that was hung up on my hair. So, its their loss. I hope I have not offended you and I say all this with love and the utmost respect. I would love to live in a would where everyone can just naturally be themselves. I’m pained by the discrimination that has happened to black people, but I don’t think a hair style debate is the answer. I think spreading love and treating each other like humans is the answer. Going out of our way to connect and not divid. But, now I sound like a deadlock hippy, lol

      • Wow. That was ignorant. ALL hair naturally becomes dreadlocks if untended. Dreadlocks is not an exclusively black hairstyle historically, neither is it today.
        Let people have the hair they want, be mad at the establishment or the racist employers or whatever, I am too, but not at people being themselves and doing their thing.
        I’m white and I’ve had dreads for three years now, and this is the first time I’ve seen anyone have a negative opinion towards that.

      • actually. My hair dreads on its own. I am of hispanic ethnicity. So my hair is coarse and thick. my dreads completely formed freely. I didn’t force it to do anything. Although, allowing it to dread has been a rough process because every day i am stared at and viewed as being “different”. its sad because i just allow my hair to be free and let go and then i have to face discussions over it. Especially the one about cultural appropriation.

      • Our hair does lock on its own. .. do your research….. for centuries white people have also had dread locks thousands of years before Bob marley ( who was btw half white) or Jamaican Rastas….. really before we had any contact with Africans in order to steal the style. .. if you don’t brush your hair it tangles and locks. . I’m a licensed cosmetologist I also worked in a black salon for 5 years. ..twisting dreadlocks. What people are doing nowadays is not the same thing as true natural dread locks. .. which were worn as a rebellious statement in Jamaica by Rastafarians Most people wearing them have no idea of the true meaning it’s just a fashion statement. .. not for any cause or purpose… only to be cool. As a white person I can tell you probably more about the rastafarian culture than 80% of my clients. .. not a single one out of a thousand was a rasta. …I know this from talking to them…. and well. . Rasta’s don’t usually twist thier dreadlocks lol .So really this kind of shreds your theory that dreadlocks are exclusive to the black culture. I’m from St. Louis and I marched and protested in Ferguson right along side my white and black freinds together. ..I have half black children that I love dearly. .. I’m all for equality, but this isn’t what your talking about here. . Your trying to cause a divide with your statement. I’ve had just as hard of a time with jobs having dreads as any race. .it sucks it’s just hair. . Get over it!

      • I am struggling with this, too. I am white and started letting my hair dread 2 years ago. I don’t roll it, crochet it, or glue it. When I stopped brushing (and using chemical shampoo, I just wash my hair with baking soda and water), my hair naturally formed into dreadlocks. Not right away, or course!, but over the years.
        I understand how unfair it is that I am not judged because of my dreads the way that People of Color are judged for theirs, that is my privilege as a white person. In the same way as my little brother isn’t judged the same as his POC peers when he wears a hoodie, so should he never wear one? Because if he were black and wearing it he would be discriminated against? I am committed to challenging those systems of oppression, and correcting friends and peers when they refer to my, or another white persons, dreads as “edgy” or “unique”.
        But are my actions oppressive because I chose to wear dreads?
        I’m not sure.

  2. Who cares about Kylie Jenner’s Dreadlocks? What we as African Americans should care about is, why do we allow everyone but us sell our own Beauty Products that we use everyday,and we are not selling and making a profit ourselves? The point is, we as Blacks should have our own Beauty Supply Stores, the Asians do….Everyone makes a profit from our dollars,but us!..Let’s change that trend. Ok?

  3. So back in the 60’s/70’s when the peace keepers “hippies” wore dreads it wasn’t because of it being natural? I mean and before that I’m pretty sure a lot of Vikings and pirates had dreadlocks. I mean im pretty sure if i dont brush my hair for a month my hair naturally becomes dreaded. Also hair does not just grow out of anyone’s head as dreads thats just ridiculous dreads are matted hair. And ive

  4. Okay why is it not a problem for black people to adopt “white” hair? You guys get your hair relaxed and nobody gets all pissed about it. But the moment something that is considered “black” is worn by a white person or becomes “trendy”, it is a problem? Blacks are always talking about how beautiful they are and have always been, which is true. Trends always come and go, so why is it such a big deal that whites catch on to something that has started in the black community? Why wouldn’t you be glad to see that we are also embracing parts of your culture? Why wouldn’t you be glad to see that we are all celebrating what is an awesome hairstyle? If it is so wrong for whites to adopt what is considered “black” traits ( btw Spanish girls have big butts and lips too, it isn’t just you) then why is it okay for you guys to adopt what you consider “white” traits? Guess what, it isn’t. Stop being so butthurt over everything and start seeing things as a good thing. Maybe your life will actually change if you change your point of view. If you take everything as an attack on your person you are just filling yourself with unnecessary hate and anger. In the 90’s it became trendy to have your hair in braids, that is something that was started in Africa and was adopted here. I don’t see the big deal. We all get to pick and choose what we like and don’t like. We aren’t stealing your hairdos, they have been around. We don’t consider your relaxed hair stealing ours. This is just enough already!

  5. I take offense to your comment the “white people” do not know discrimmination! Are you serious?? Do you know how uneducated that statement makes you sound? I, personally, may not have been discriminated against badly bc of my race (although it has happened), but I have been stereotyped as a young, single mom (as my son has been for being from a single parent home), I have been discriminated against in high school bc of my family’s income, more recently I am discriminated against for being disabled. God forbid a young woman having more than chronic illness that interferes with my ability to walk, breathe, be in public groups w/ no immune system; I must be lying so I don’t have to work and I can collect that government check forgetting the months I spent in the hospital and the weeks I continue to throughout the years. I must have took my grandparents handicap parking pass, I’m just lazy! Yes, Yes as a single 34 year old with an amazing 12 year old son, I am lying about being disabled. Yes, I spent years and 10s of thousands of dollars working my ass off to go to college & grad school & work & raise my son to throw it away! Yes, I moved away from my family to a brand new city with no support to work in my dream job (a teacher in an inner city, poorest elem school in the district) just to throw it all away!!! I could keep going on the discrimination I get everyday and even everything I experienced growing up, but I think I made my point!
    You, sir, do not want to be stereotyped for the color of your skin, what makes you think all ‘white people’ should been stereotyped for the color of ours!! Do your research on both sides before you pretend to know what you are talking about, there are a lot of statistics that, I’m guessing, would seriously surprise you!

    (Oh, for more insight, check out a reply to the username louise earlier)

    • Lol, that’s the point. You’re not being discriminated because of your race. You completely missed the point of the post. You only focused on the part you wanted to focus on and disregarded the rest. If I wear dreads, I would be deemed a thug or a person who wastes time smoking weed. If you wear dreads, society sees it as being “edgy” and “urban”. Also, you cannot compare black discrimination to white discrimination; you don’t see little white boys getting shot after dark because they were mistaken for thieves.

    • You can wear a simulated dreadlock[] but European white people ,you do not pea, nap, lock, curl and WOOLLY, naturally, you do not have African textured bantu[WOOL] hair, ……..our African hair naps and wools , you matte, our hair is part of the DNA [9 STRAND OF THE BLACK MAN/WOMAN] the pencil thin nappy knotty hair is our African DNA type…, OH YES!!… OUR AFRICAN HAIR IS NOT thin SHAFT OF THE EUROPEAN,..YOU CAN WEAR THE simulated DREADstyle , But the AFRICAN LOCKS ,THE NUBIAN LOCKS,SISTER LOCKS the hair style that reflect 50 to 75 thousand years of AFRICAN DNA physicality and AFRICAN/BLACK Is OURS ,….. When a black child is born ,they come with AFRICAN LOCK, already!!!, Black hair in natural state,…you can wear your hair any way you want,[ jewish people wore jew fro’s]… but to try to CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE BLACKNESS in its/physical reality and it historical context is ridiculous…..just , look around ,see all the millions of AFRICAN GRANDMA, GRANDPA, black AUNT ,UNCLE, black MOM,DAD, African CHILDREN ARE wearing NUBIAN/AFRICAN /SISTER LOCKS…when we roll out of bed, our hairs curls, NAPPY KNOTTY WOOLY curls, grows in a curl pattern, we do not matt , so unless you deny our BLACKNESS..STOP TRYING TO DENY THE BLACKNESS OF AFRICAN HAIR, because this discussion seem to be going an denial of BLACKNESS..BODY TYPE and the NATURE OF BLACK HAIR OF AFRICANS…. NOW if you are trying to accept your black consciousness, you have my affirmation but to try to say dreads is not a part of the BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS RIDICULOUS!!…IT STARTED AS A BACK TO AFRICA /BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE 1960’S as the natural movement and the RASTA- ETHIOPIA and other AFRICAN cultural hairstyles came back to the black liberation movement sin the diaspora… to deny is fruitless, the world knows locks are inherently an AFRICAN HAIR SYLE, AND HINDI and tribal, so get real and get black with this, cause when the old black lady on the bus, your black mailman, your black shop keeper, your kids black teacher, your black lawyer, your black doctor… because this is AFRICAN NATURAL STATE without PROCESS OR INTENTION!! This is African normal, …sure, you can you style your hairdo EVER ASSERT that this is not a TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAIR STYLE!1 we have record of locks from the Nile river basin, and west African and south African fossil, from over 75000 BC. don’t get it twisted!!!!FOR US THIS IS THE NORMAL,LIKE THE VARIOUS BROWN TO BLACK TO PLUM BLACK SHADES OF OUR SKIN ,our locks are extentions of our BLACK AFRICAN BODY!!!!

  6. As a white girl with dreads I’m not wearing them to ‘steal’ or appropriate African culture. I think they are gorgeous on anyone who wants to wear them. But you are misinformed if you think I don’t get negative comments or persecuted because of my skin color and the hairstyle I chose. I face the same negative comments from ignorant people and black people who think they have the right to tell me how I am allowed to wear my hair. And ignorant white people call me a dirty hippy or ask me in a condescending tone if i could pass a drug test or if im a pot head. I think it should be a compliment that I think your hair is so beautiful I want to try and achieve it as well.

    • THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT, please remember the ROOTS!!
      You can wear a simulated dreadlock[] but European white people ,you do not pea, nap, lock, curl and WOOLLY, naturally, you do not have African textured bantu[WOOL] hair, ……..our African hair naps and wools , you matte, our hair is part of the DNA [9 STRAND OF THE BLACK MAN/WOMAN] the pencil thin nappy knotty hair is our African DNA type…, OH YES!!… OUR AFRICAN HAIR IS NOT thin SHAFT OF THE EUROPEAN,..YOU CAN WEAR THE simulated DREADstyle , But the AFRICAN LOCKS ,THE NUBIAN LOCKS,SISTER LOCKS the hair style that reflect 50 to 75 thousand years of AFRICAN DNA physicality and AFRICAN/BLACK Is OURS ,….. When a black child is born ,they come with AFRICAN LOCK, already!!!, Black hair in natural state,…you can wear your hair any way you want,[ jewish people wore jew fro’s]… but to try to CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE BLACKNESS in its/physical reality and it historical context is ridiculous…..just , look around ,see all the millions of AFRICAN GRANDMA, GRANDPA, black AUNT ,UNCLE, black MOM,DAD, African CHILDREN ARE wearing NUBIAN/AFRICAN /SISTER LOCKS…when we roll out of bed, our hairs curls, NAPPY KNOTTY WOOLY curls, grows in a curl pattern, we do not matt , so unless you deny our BLACKNESS..STOP TRYING TO DENY THE BLACKNESS OF AFRICAN HAIR, because this discussion seem to be going an denial of BLACKNESS..BODY TYPE and the NATURE OF BLACK HAIR OF AFRICANS…. NOW if you are trying to accept your black consciousness, you have my affirmation but to try to say dreads is not a part of the BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS RIDICULOUS!!…IT STARTED AS A BACK TO AFRICA /BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE 1960’S as the natural movement and the RASTA- ETHIOPIA and other AFRICAN cultural hairstyles came back to the black liberation movement sin the diaspora… to deny is fruitless, the world knows locks are inherently an AFRICAN HAIR SYLE, AND HINDI and tribal, so get real and get black with this, cause when the old black lady on the bus, your black mailman, your black shop keeper, your kids black teacher, your black lawyer, your black doctor… because this is AFRICAN NATURAL STATE without PROCESS OR INTENTION!! This is African normal, …sure, you can you style your hairdo EVER ASSERT that this is not a TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAIR STYLE!1 we have record of locks from the Nile river basin, and west African and south African fossil, from over 75000 BC. don’t get it twisted!!!!FOR US THIS IS THE NORMAL,LIKE THE VARIOUS BROWN TO BLACK TO PLUM BLACK SHADES OF OUR SKIN ,our locks are extentions of our BLACK AFRICAN BODY!!!!

  7. I’m black.

    When I see white people wearing dreadlocks, I don’t get angry. It’s pretty cool how people with straight hair try to get nappy hair, because THEY LIKE IT, almost like black women relax their hair (except for many of them, it’s to be accepted by society). I think it’s flattering when they recognize that kinky hair isn’t bad.

    BUT– I do have a problem when a white girl wearing dreadlocks is called “earthy” or “hip” or “edgy,” and a black girl is called “ghetto” and can never get hired simply because of the way her hair naturally grows.

    It’s not the hair itself at all. I’ve complimented white women with dreadlocks before, and I’ve genuinely meant it. It’s the fact that the system says “your culture and your history only looks good on us” that pisses me off.

    Think about Eminem. Nobody accuses him of cultural appropriation for rapping. That’s because he credits his influences and doesn’t act like rap is only good when it’s a white person doing it. He gets bashed just like black rappers get bashed (ie. “this music is horrible, you’re violent, you’re promoting violence”). It’s pretty much all equal. But when white women wear dreadlocks and get praised and black women wear equally beautiful dreadlocks and get criticized, that’s when I have a problem.

    You, dear white people, look just as fabulous as black people, with the dreadlocks that we’ve worn for generations. You don’t look exactly the same, you didn’t come up with it, and it’s not a low maintenance hairdo for most of you, but, hey, neither is relaxing our hair. YOU, Caucasian people, are not the problem. It’s the prejudiced and discriminatory system. Our hairstyles, our music, our rich history, our food is, of course ours. But culture lives through sharing. And as long as you are willing to credit us and care about US as a people, not just our customs and hairstyles and music, I’m fine with it

    • YOU MAY SEVERAL GREAT POINTS, BUT REMEMBER THIS IS AMERICA, WERE THERE IS IS VERY LITTLE RESPECT for AFRICAN CULTURE,BUT WE AS AFRICAN PEOPLE WILL DECIDE AND CLIAM WHAT IS OURS!!!………….You can wear a simulated dreadlock[] but European white people ,you do not pea, nap, lock, curl and WOOLLY, naturally, you do not have African textured bantu[WOOL] hair, ……..our African hair naps and wools , you matte, our hair is part of the DNA [9 STRAND OF THE BLACK MAN/WOMAN] the pencil thin nappy knotty hair is our African DNA type…, OH YES!!… OUR AFRICAN HAIR IS NOT thin SHAFT OF THE EUROPEAN,..YOU CAN WEAR THE simulated DREADstyle , But the AFRICAN LOCKS ,THE NUBIAN LOCKS,SISTER LOCKS the hair style that reflect 50 to 75 thousand years of AFRICAN DNA physicality and AFRICAN/BLACK Is OURS ,….. When a black child is born ,they come with AFRICAN LOCK, already!!!, Black hair in natural state,…you can wear your hair any way you want,[ jewish people wore jew fro’s]… but to try to CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE BLACKNESS in its/physical reality and it historical context is ridiculous…..just , look around ,see all the millions of AFRICAN GRANDMA, GRANDPA, black AUNT ,UNCLE, black MOM,DAD, African CHILDREN ARE wearing NUBIAN/AFRICAN /SISTER LOCKS…when we roll out of bed, our hairs curls, NAPPY KNOTTY WOOLY curls, grows in a curl pattern, we do not matt , so unless you deny our BLACKNESS..STOP TRYING TO DENY THE BLACKNESS OF AFRICAN HAIR, because this discussion seem to be going an denial of BLACKNESS..BODY TYPE and the NATURE OF BLACK HAIR OF AFRICANS…. NOW if you are trying to accept your black consciousness, you have my affirmation but to try to say dreads is not a part of the BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS RIDICULOUS!!…IT STARTED AS A BACK TO AFRICA /BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE 1960’S as the natural movement and the RASTA- ETHIOPIA and other AFRICAN cultural hairstyles came back to the black liberation movement sin the diaspora… to deny is fruitless, the world knows locks are inherently an AFRICAN HAIR SYLE, AND HINDI and tribal, so get real and get black with this, cause when the old black lady on the bus, your black mailman, your black shop keeper, your kids black teacher, your black lawyer, your black doctor… because this is AFRICAN NATURAL STATE without PROCESS OR INTENTION!! This is African normal, …sure, you can you style your hairdo EVER ASSERT that this is not a TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAIR STYLE!1 we have record of locks from the Nile river basin, and west African and south African fossil, from over 75000 BC. don’t get it twisted!!!!FOR US THIS IS THE NORMAL,LIKE THE VARIOUS BROWN TO BLACK TO PLUM BLACK SHADES OF OUR SKIN ,our locks are extentions of our BLACK AFRICAN BODY!!!!

  8. If I stop brushing my hair, it’ll start to dread up within a day or two. How can anyone possibly try to claim ownership of how my hair grows in naturally?

    • STOP TRYING TO DENY THE BLACKNESS OF AFRICAN HAIR, because this discussion seem to be going an denial of BLACKNESS..BODY TYPE and the NATURE OF BLACK HAIR OF AFRICANS…. NOW if you are trying to accept your black consciousness, you have my affirmation but to try to say dreads is not a part of the BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS RIDICULOUS!!…IT STARTED AS A BACK TO AFRICA /BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE 1960’S as the natural movement and the RASTA- ETHIOPIA and other AFRICAN cultural hairstyles came back to the black liberation movement sin the diaspora… to deny is fruitless, the world knows locks are inherently an AFRICAN HAIR SYLE, AND HINDI and tribal, so get real and get black with this, cause when the old black lady on the bus, your black mailman, your black shop keeper, your kids black teacher, your black lawyer, your black doctor… because this is AFRICAN NATURAL STATE without PROCESS OR INTENTION!! This is African normal, …sure, you can you style your hairdo EVER ASSERT that this is not a TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAIR STYLE!1 we have record of locks from the Nile river basin, and west African and south African fossil, from over 75000 BC. don’t get it twisted!!!!FOR US THIS IS THE NORMAL,LIKE THE VARIOUS BROWN TO BLACK TO PLUM BLACK SHADES OF OUR SKIN ,our locks are extentions of our BLACK AFRICAN BODY!!!!

  9. A couple of things:
    I am trying to educate myself on cultural appropriation because it is all abuzz lately and I have have friends of different ethnicities and wouldn’t want to be insensitive due to ignorance.

    1. I am considered white and have always had straight, usually long, black (in color) hair. When I was around 12 yrs old, during the summer I didn’t brush my hair practically at all. When it came time for “back to school hair cuts” I practically had dreadlocks, so I know it is possible to be white and have that occur without intention. Needless to say I didn’t even know what they were at the time.

    2. When I was in the army, many of my friends that were white (myself included) had their hair braided for convenience sake. And, I’m sure most can guess, it was our black friends that did the braiding usually. When out on an FTX and unable to care for your hair as accustomed, well lets just say it was a life saver.

    3. I don’t think this is really an example of cultural appropriation. To be honest, I couldn’t even tell her hair was in dread locks, all I noticed was the copious amount of cleavage spilling from her top.

    4. I think the “Washington Redskins” is a far more apt example of cultural appropriation and I feel like this article causes more harm to the cause than sheds light on it.

    5. The issue is cultural appropriation, not racial. With that said, if a white person (and I am in no way saying this Jenner girl is as I am sure she isn’t) is raised in that culture, well it is their culture as well regardless of his or her race. To use an example I’m sure most will understand with a celebrity being example I explain (from my limited understanding) the issue like this: Eminem was born and raised in a predominately black culture and with mostly black friends. Therefore, he isn’t appropriating it is his culture as well regardless of his race. If you think otherwise then this becomes a racial issue and you should just say “I don’t want white people copying our stuff”… and be done with it.

    • THANK YOU , YES =redskin is racist.. because of the genocide of indigenous 1st nations,..AFRICAN PEOPLE will have to address this within its HISTORICAL CONTEXT, there is no issue that surround the AFRICAN BODY, CORPOREAL REALITY AND PHYSICAL BEING that was not been impacted and corrupted, distorted within the social political context of white supremacist/ racism, we as an African people and conscious white people[ like Bro. Malcolm.X. said] must always claim , define and place in Africa agency all perspective and definition of BLACKNESS FROM OUR OWN AFRICAN VIEWPOINT, thank you for your progressive view and alliance are necessary for progress and cultural recognition!!! here is my views=
      You can wear a simulated dreadlock[] but European white people ,you do not pea, nap, lock, curl and WOOLLY, naturally, you do not have African textured bantu[WOOL] hair, ……..our African hair naps and wools , you matte, our hair is part of the DNA [9 STRAND OF THE BLACK MAN/WOMAN] the pencil thin nappy knotty hair is our African DNA type…, OH YES!!… OUR AFRICAN HAIR IS NOT thin SHAFT OF THE EUROPEAN,..YOU CAN WEAR THE simulated DREADstyle , But the AFRICAN LOCKS ,THE NUBIAN LOCKS,SISTER LOCKS the hair style that reflect 50 to 75 thousand years of AFRICAN DNA physicality and AFRICAN/BLACK Is OURS ,….. When a black child is born ,they come with AFRICAN LOCK, already!!!, Black hair in natural state,…you can wear your hair any way you want,[ jewish people wore jew fro’s]… but to try to CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE BLACKNESS in its/physical reality and it historical context is ridiculous…..just , look around ,see all the millions of AFRICAN GRANDMA, GRANDPA, black AUNT ,UNCLE, black MOM,DAD, African CHILDREN ARE wearing NUBIAN/AFRICAN /SISTER LOCKS…when we roll out of bed, our hairs curls, NAPPY KNOTTY WOOLY curls, grows in a curl pattern, we do not matt , so unless you deny our BLACKNESS..STOP TRYING TO DENY THE BLACKNESS OF AFRICAN HAIR, because this discussion seem to be going an denial of BLACKNESS..BODY TYPE and the NATURE OF BLACK HAIR OF AFRICANS…. NOW if you are trying to accept your black consciousness, you have my affirmation but to try to say dreads is not a part of the BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS RIDICULOUS!!…IT STARTED AS A BACK TO AFRICA /BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE 1960’S as the natural movement and the RASTA- ETHIOPIA and other AFRICAN cultural hairstyles came back to the black liberation movement sin the diaspora… to deny is fruitless, the world knows locks are inherently an AFRICAN HAIR SYLE, AND HINDI and tribal, so get real and get black with this, cause when the old black lady on the bus, your black mailman, your black shop keeper, your kids black teacher, your black lawyer, your black doctor… because this is AFRICAN NATURAL STATE without PROCESS OR INTENTION!! This is African normal, …sure, you can you style your hairdo EVER ASSERT that this is not a TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAIR STYLE!1 we have record of locks from the Nile river basin, and west African and south African fossil, from over 75000 BC. don’t get it twisted!!!!FOR US THIS IS THE NORMAL,LIKE THE VARIOUS BROWN TO BLACK TO PLUM BLACK SHADES OF OUR SKIN ,our locks are extentions of our BLACK AFRICAN BODY!!!!

  10. Ok so this article is kinda dumb…

    To the writer of this, you can’t honestly expect me to take you seriously when you say black people’s hair literally grows in braids and dreadlocks. No one’s hair grows in braids. Creating box braids is an incredibly long and intricate process. Creating any braid is a relatively intricate process. No one’s hair grows in dreadlocks, but ANYONE can achieve them by simply neglecting their hair for a period of time.

    Whine about racial appropriation all you want, but don’t try and justify it by presenting obvious misinformation.

    • You can wear a simulated dreadlock[] but European white people ,you do not pea, nap, lock, curl and WOOLLY, naturally, you do not have African textured bantu[WOOL] hair, ……..our African hair naps and wools , you matte, our hair is part of the DNA [9 STRAND OF THE BLACK MAN/WOMAN] the pencil thin nappy knotty hair is our African DNA type…, OH YES!!… OUR AFRICAN HAIR IS NOT thin SHAFT OF THE EUROPEAN,..YOU CAN WEAR THE simulated DREADstyle , But the AFRICAN LOCKS ,THE NUBIAN LOCKS,SISTER LOCKS the hair style that reflect 50 to 75 thousand years of AFRICAN DNA physicality and AFRICAN/BLACK Is OURS ,….. When a black child is born ,they come with AFRICAN LOCK, already!!!, Black hair in natural state,…you can wear your hair any way you want,[ jewish people wore jew fro’s]… but to try to CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE BLACKNESS in its/physical reality and it historical context is ridiculous…..just , look around ,see all the millions of AFRICAN GRANDMA, GRANDPA, black AUNT ,UNCLE, black MOM,DAD, African CHILDREN ARE wearing NUBIAN/AFRICAN /SISTER LOCKS…when we roll out of bed, our hairs curls, NAPPY KNOTTY WOOLY curls, grows in a curl pattern, we do not matt , so unless you deny our BLACKNESS..STOP TRYING TO DENY THE BLACKNESS OF AFRICAN HAIR, because this discussion seem to be going an denial of BLACKNESS..BODY TYPE and the NATURE OF BLACK HAIR OF AFRICANS…. NOW if you are trying to accept your black consciousness, you have my affirmation but to try to say dreads is not a part of the BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS RIDICULOUS!!…IT STARTED AS A BACK TO AFRICA /BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE 1960’S as the natural movement and the RASTA- ETHIOPIA and other AFRICAN cultural hairstyles came back to the black liberation movement sin the diaspora… to deny is fruitless, the world knows locks are inherently an AFRICAN HAIR SYLE, AND HINDI and tribal, so get real and get black with this, cause when the old black lady on the bus, your black mailman, your black shop keeper, your kids black teacher, your black lawyer, your black doctor… because this is AFRICAN NATURAL STATE without PROCESS OR INTENTION!! This is African normal, …sure, you can you style your hairdo EVER ASSERT that this is not a TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAIR STYLE!1 we have record of locks from the Nile river basin, and west African and south African fossil, from over 75000 BC. don’t get it twisted!!!!FOR US THIS IS THE NORMAL,LIKE THE VARIOUS BROWN TO BLACK TO PLUM BLACK SHADES OF OUR SKIN ,our locks are extentions of our BLACK AFRICAN BODY!!!!

    • You can wear a simulated dreadlock[] but European white people ,you do not pea, nap, lock, curl and WOOLLY, naturally, you do not have African textured bantu[WOOL] hair, ……..our African hair naps and wools , you matte, our hair is part of the DNA [9 STRAND OF THE BLACK MAN/WOMAN] the pencil thin nappy knotty hair is our African DNA type…, OH YES!!… OUR AFRICAN HAIR IS NOT thin SHAFT OF THE EUROPEAN,..YOU CAN WEAR THE simulated DREADstyle , But the AFRICAN LOCKS ,THE NUBIAN LOCKS,SISTER LOCKS the hair style that reflect 50 to 75 thousand years of AFRICAN DNA physicality and AFRICAN/BLACK Is OURS ,…..

  11. Lmao! I’m a white person with dreads and I can tell you. .. my hair locked up completely on its own 22 years ago and been growing ever since with no matinence. .. and still looks nice. ..I also do hair, more black than white and at least 80% of my clients ( which by the way pay to have thier hair twisted for fashion) not a single one of them knows a single thing about the rastafarian culture… it’s all purely for fashion! Then you have the sadhus in India… anyone here ever heard of them? Well thier hair is as straight as ours and locks up just the same. …Google them if you don’t know. . In fact our white ancestors who likely didn’t have brushes probably ran into the same problem… thousands of years before bob marley ( who by the way was half white) and the rastafarians of Jamaica. .if you don’t brush your hair it tangles and locks (I’m a cosmetologist so I think I can tell you this legitimately lol).. so funny how half the women who hate on us white women with dreads are wearing weaves. .. so that’s cool though? They have thieves who run up and cut Indian women’s hair off to sell to weave factories in the U.S… have you seen the documentaries? I can tell you life with dread locks is no easier for me than for anyone else in the job department. ..I committed 22 years ago and I had just as many dirty looks if not more than a black person going in for a job with them. … well I ended up doing hair I wanted them so I got creative. I’m all for black people my children are half black and I love all cultures but I get so tired of being hated on for a hair style. … this is not the reason racism exists! It’s much deeper. … and focusing on this type of nonsense is getting you no where. .. if anything I’m helping your cause not hurting it not because I’m white but in general. .. if dreadlocks do become more acceptable in society wouldn’t that be helping people with them to be accepted and get jobs? Well if you feel that way I just feel sorry for you because your obviously closed minded. .. what I said probably won’t change your mind. … we could probably sit down and I could school you about rastafarian culture. … yeah I actually know a lot about it. .. more than half these fashion dreads out here that aren’t white. .. but hey what do I know?

    • You can wear a simulated dreadlock[] but European white people ,you do not pea, nap, lock, curl and WOOLLY, naturally, you do not have African textured bantu[WOOL] hair, ……..our African hair naps and wools , you matte, our hair is part of the DNA [9 STRAND OF THE BLACK MAN/WOMAN] the pencil thin nappy knotty hair is our African DNA type…, OH YES!!… OUR AFRICAN HAIR IS NOT thin SHAFT OF THE EUROPEAN,..YOU CAN WEAR THE simulated DREADstyle , But the AFRICAN LOCKS ,THE NUBIAN LOCKS,SISTER LOCKS the hair style that reflect 50 to 75 thousand years of AFRICAN DNA physicality and AFRICAN/BLACK Is OURS ,….. When a black child is born ,they come with AFRICAN LOCK, already!!!, Black hair in natural state,…you can wear your hair any way you want,[ jewish people wore jew fro’s]… but to try to CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE BLACKNESS in its/physical reality and it historical context is ridiculous…..just , look around ,see all the millions of AFRICAN GRANDMA, GRANDPA, black AUNT ,UNCLE, black MOM,DAD, African CHILDREN ARE wearing NUBIAN/AFRICAN /SISTER LOCKS…when we roll out of bed, our hairs curls, NAPPY KNOTTY WOOLY curls, grows in a curl pattern, we do not matt , so unless you deny our BLACKNESS..STOP TRYING TO DENY THE BLACKNESS OF AFRICAN HAIR, because this discussion seem to be going an denial of BLACKNESS..BODY TYPE and the NATURE OF BLACK HAIR OF AFRICANS…. NOW if you are trying to accept your black consciousness, you have my affirmation but to try to say dreads is not a part of the BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS RIDICULOUS!!…IT STARTED AS A BACK TO AFRICA /BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE 1960’S as the natural movement and the RASTA- ETHIOPIA and other AFRICAN cultural hairstyles came back to the black liberation movement sin the diaspora… to deny is fruitless, the world knows locks are inherently an AFRICAN HAIR SYLE, AND HINDI and tribal, so get real and get black with this, cause when the old black lady on the bus, your black mailman, your black shop keeper, your kids black teacher, your black lawyer, your black doctor… because this is AFRICAN NATURAL STATE without PROCESS OR INTENTION!! This is African normal, …sure, you can you style your hairdo EVER ASSERT that this is not a TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAIR STYLE!1 we have record of locks from the Nile river basin, and west African and south African fossil, from over 75000 BC. don’t get it twisted!!!!FOR US THIS IS THE NORMAL,LIKE THE VARIOUS BROWN TO BLACK TO PLUM BLACK SHADES OF OUR SKIN ,our locks are extentions of our BLACK AFRICAN BODY!!!!

  12. You can wear a simulated dreadlock[] but European white people ,you do not pea, nap, lock, curl and WOOLLY, naturally, you do not have African textured bantu[WOOL] hair, ……..our African hair naps and wools , you matte, our hair is part of the DNA [9 STRAND OF THE BLACK MAN/WOMAN] the pencil thin nappy knotty hair is our African DNA type…, OH YES!!… OUR AFRICAN HAIR IS NOT thin SHAFT OF THE EUROPEAN,..YOU CAN WEAR THE simulated DREADstyle , But the AFRICAN LOCKS ,THE NUBIAN LOCKS,SISTER LOCKS the hair style that reflect 50 to 75 thousand years of AFRICAN DNA physicality and AFRICAN/BLACK Is OURS ,….. When a black child is born ,they come with AFRICAN LOCK, already!!!, Black hair in natural state,…you can wear your hair any way you want,[ jewish people wore jew fro’s]… but to try to CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE BLACKNESS in its/physical reality and it historical context is ridiculous…..just , look around ,see all the millions of AFRICAN GRANDMA, GRANDPA, black AUNT ,UNCLE, black MOM,DAD, African CHILDREN ARE wearing NUBIAN/AFRICAN /SISTER LOCKS…when we roll out of bed, our hairs curls, NAPPY KNOTTY WOOLY curls, grows in a curl pattern, we do not matt , so unless you deny our BLACKNESS..STOP TRYING TO DENY THE BLACKNESS OF AFRICAN HAIR, because this discussion seem to be going an denial of BLACKNESS..BODY TYPE and the NATURE OF BLACK HAIR OF AFRICANS…. NOW if you are trying to accept your black consciousness, you have my affirmation but to try to say dreads is not a part of the BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS RIDICULOUS!!…IT STARTED AS A BACK TO AFRICA /BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL IN THE 1960’S as the natural movement and the RASTA- ETHIOPIA and other AFRICAN cultural hairstyles came back to the black liberation movement sin the diaspora… to deny is fruitless, the world knows locks are inherently an AFRICAN HAIR SYLE, AND HINDI and tribal, so get real and get black with this, cause when the old black lady on the bus, your black mailman, your black shop keeper, your kids black teacher, your black lawyer, your black doctor… because this is AFRICAN NATURAL STATE without PROCESS OR INTENTION!! This is African normal, …sure, you can you style your hairdo EVER ASSERT that this is not a TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAIR STYLE!1 we have record of locks from the Nile river basin, and west African and south African fossil, from over 75000 BC. don’t get it twisted!!!!FOR US THIS IS THE NORMAL,LIKE THE VARIOUS BROWN TO BLACK TO PLUM BLACK SHADES OF OUR SKIN ,our locks are extentions of our BLACK AFRICAN BODY!!!!

  13. ok first of all “black” and “white” when used in reference to a human being is extremely racist. Second, we all have roots from Africa, meaning we all can be traced to the same African mother, we are all inherently African. I emphasize African history here because we all share it. Now once people started to migrate to different regions, skin, hair, nails, eyes, etc genetically changed to fit the area our ancestors lived in. Some defendants from Africa that have come to America now go by African-American. Not “black”. Calling someone by a color needs to stop. Now if we look at the world, we will see a diverse group of individuals. Some with curly, straight, blonde, black hair. If you are referencing appropriation then as you claim it “white” people could argue that blonde straight hair is theirs and that “black” people shouldn’t wear it because it isn’t theirs or a part of their history. Which again is ridiculous. Claiming a hair style isn’t going to stop racism. Diversifying culture and appreciating culture and human rights will change the world. Separating yourself from someone based on ethnicity is very childish and morally wrong. Don’t take away people’s freedom by dictating to them what they can and cannot do. I will accept you if you accept me. Now I’m sorry if you feel that I am not “black” enough, meaning African descent enough, but I don’t feel the need to take freedoms from you so stop trying to take them away from me. All lives matter. Now let me wear my hair they way I want to and I won’t tell you how to wear yours. And I respect where dreads came from and the history behind them. But if I don’t straighten my hair and color it, I feel the discrimination. Which roots from pure hate. The person who keeps posting the same thing to everyone’s comments clearly doesn’t understand the big picture. No one is trying to belittle history, so stop trying to make that an issue here. And please realize that if you don’t wear your hair natural and you succumb to society by altering your natural hair, you have perpetuated that racism by caving in to assimilation instead of standing up for what is right, and that is the ability to wear your hair however it is naturally. So speak up to the systems and corporations who are making these ludacris rules that African women aren’t allowed to wear their hair natural and change the stigmatizing notion of it to a peaceful solution. Hate only breads hate. And that’s all I got from this article which is a shame because racism will never end if claims to culture religion heritage genetics are selfishly controlled. And screw media for perpetuating racism by calling Americans with dreads “edgy” “new” “cool”. That’s the problem. Not the actual person wearing them. Oh and since I’m Jewish, there is nothing I can do about the fro mess I have of hair unless I do something about it. So if I put it in braids, it is just to tame it, not to get bashed by women who think that the color of their skin dictates everything.

  14. Hello Brandon, I enjoyed reading your post. It is true that culture has widely being used in fashion and is still the case today where we can see the aspect of culture being re-defined but for instance I still believe that culture has its place in fashion because we must face the fact that we are living in a world of constant change and that the fashion industry is part of that change. Let’s take for example for the New York Fashion show, the fake dreadlocks of Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid were highly commented. Marc Jacobs who organized the fashion show was criticized as well for being inappropriate to culture. However, a white woman cannot wear dreadlocks but a black woman when having straight hair is not criticized or does not create havoc. Thinking about which culture fits-in is and where can only stimulate racism, in my country Mauritius, we have different cultures and for fashion shows we have the eastern and western world that can be showcased in only one show. Diversity is beautiful and in our modern world, we can definitely change the mindset of belonging and accept change and revolution. To know more about me: http://kathvansh.wixsite.com/mysite

  15. Avoiding cultural appropriation, and pointing it out when it happens is an important thing. That said, what I find odd is the assumption that dreadlocks are exclusively or invented by black culture. Yes, they are a part of black culture and yes, black hair seems to dread more naturally. But dreads themselves have a long history in many cultures and it is unclear who actually ‘invented’ it. Making the claim that having dreadlocks is appropriating black culture assumes that dreads are inherently owned by that culture exclusively. And how can black culture own a style of hair that has been a part of many cultures? And if it is a part of many cultures, where do we draw the line about what cultures can start using it? What about a Japanese guy in Tokyo who has them? Is he appropriating black culture? Is a lifetime hippie backpacker from Brazil, living in the Himalayas with dreads appropriating black culture? Or did he appropriate it from the Sadhus he is hanging out with? What if he has actually BECOME a Sadhu and he’s living in a mountain cave near the other Sadhus?

    It’s not as if dreadlocks on non-black people in North America is a new phenomenon… it has been going on for decades and has become an imbedded staple part of many subcultures–for example, the 60s hippie movement–from influences that have nothing to do with black culture. It’s also the way that hair goes if you let it go. When a phenomenon has transcended cultures like dreads have, the validity of the claim of cultural appropriation gets muddy.

    Yes, as a white male, there is a privileged bias in my motivation for making this argument. I don’t have dreadlocks. That said, having dreadlocks is still not the same appropriation as, say, wearing a Native American Headdress, which is far more exclusive, invented by and clearly representative of those Native cultures. Assuming that a non-black person’s dreadlocks have some intended reference to, or source in black culture is to assert a false sense of cultural ownership over dreads by that one group. Factually, this simply isn’t the historical or present day case.

  16. But would you really rather exist for 1000 A A billion It never ends and sure everything’s good you’re in heaven so everything’s great but how boring would that get, how are you supposed to have the good without the I’d rather just stop existing after 100

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