most man have no idea about women’s hair and most White people don’t know much about Black people and their hair. “So the whole idea of a White man is going to tell a Black women how to wear her hair, I find completely ridiculous.”
The video of News Anchor, Pam McKelvy, is profound in so many ways. She is a survivor who decided to leave her hair natural after chemo which is an emotional process in and on itself but there is more. I can’t help it but some of the statements in the video make me go Really?
People are learning now O my God, I didn’t know that the texture of my hair was this good! We finding out now that we really have a nice texture of hair without chemicals. It’s a good thing we found that out decades ago or the natural movement wouldn’t exists.
However, I love what the News Anchor says about the message she sends to young women and self acceptance. Followed up by the stylist who says: anything you do because you feel you HAVE to to be accepted, there is something wrong with that. That is so right! No body needs a perm. That is my whole point. It should be a choice.
What really got to me is the White man who says that most man have no idea about women’s hair and most White people don’t know much about Black people and their hair. “So the whole idea of a White man is going to tell a Black women how to wear her hair, I find completely ridiculous.”
The reason I loved watching that is because I got into trouble trying to communicate this to a White friend. He got seriously mad when I told him: “You as a man as a White man have no idea what Black women go through with their hair.” He was so offended that he walked away in the heat of the discussion and never spoke to me until today. Maybe after he hears it from another White man he will again but that remains to be seen.
For now I am just happy for Pam McKelvy more than anything because she is a survivor and of course I am delighted that she wants to set an example for young girls but I also feel that a whole lot is left out. Here is what I think is left out: Bad Hair Uprooted, the untold History of Black Follicles