I made a sideblog because I finally got my password to make a side blog featuring Freelice posts and the like! I wouldn’t go through so much trouble to contribute to the conversation. I was just browsing through and saw how terribly misunderstood you are with dreadlocks and white people.
1) I’m not trying to provoke you. Why would I? That’s what they are. When white people just tie cotton together and say it’s a “dread”, it’s actually a colorful tampon.
1) “Knot up” hair for white people is not dreading. Sure white people get terrible tangles and frizzy hair but it’s nothing like the texture of Black people’s hair. White people’s hair is not kinky enough to dread naturally.
2) What they have isn’t knotted hair. It’s a hair extension to be “dreads”.
3) Every white person with dreads is racist, whether they do it “accidentally” or not. Their action is racist, and hopefully, they’ll realize that, but if they do and ignore it, then they are racist. White people who put on bindis = racist. White people who wear Native American headdresses = racist. White people who say “nigga” and/or wear Blackface = racist. White people who contribute to white supremacy over POCs (by doing all of the above) = racist. They do it anyway because seriously, who cares?
4) Here are some quotes from other websites about the issue:
Dreadlocks originated first with Jamaican Rastafarians and then in Indian Sages and Yogis. Specifically it was started by holy men. These men renounced all of their worldly belongings (Including combs) and as a result their hair started (and remained) to turn into dreadlocks. In the beginning, it was actually something very beautiful to show that you’d given yourself and all that you possessed to GOD …
This was an extremely spiritual symbol. It was not a fad or something people did to show their love of weed. …
Jamaicans … believed that the dreadlocks were part of a religious lifestyle and actually considered the hair to be holy and powerful.
Dreadlocks are believed to have made it to the USA during the time of slavery. Both Black slaves as well as Indian slaves were captured and both brought this holy symbol and belief with them.
For you to take a spiritual symbol and chalk it up to your love of weed [and make it ONLY a hairstyle], is not only appropriation, it is down right disgusting and cruel. There is this gross misconception that just because religion is a weapon, an afterthought or something to reference during political debate in this country that it is the same in others. IT IS NOT. Your actions are shameful and mean. You are acting disrespectfully and you have chosen to do so with no forethought or concern for who you are hurting.
(from Racism School)
Maybe everyone else is too polite to say it, but dreadlocks are not the look for you. I know you thought they would be a great idea after meditating with your giant Bob Marley flag you’ve tacked to your dorm room wall, but they’re not. Dreadlocks are a hairstyle invented by people with coarse, nappy hair (and while we’re on the subject, please don’t EVER use the word “nappy” to describe your hair – it’s an adjective that does not apply. “Curly” or “coarse”, maybe. “Nappy?” Never.) for people with coarse, nappy hair.
There are many more wonderful websites to educate yourself on the matter! Use Google or even the Tumblr tag finder to begin your search. Good luck!
"When white people just tie cotton together and say it’s a “dread”, it’s actually a colorful tampon."
…What? No, really. What are you even talking about? No one does this. No one is “tying cotton together” and calling it a dread. This sentence makes no sense and has no relevance in the discussion. Unless you’re insinuating that white people’s hair is cotton, in which case, uh…?
'“Knot up” hair for white people is not dreading. Sure white people get terrible tangles and frizzy hair but it’s nothing like the texture of Black people’s hair. White people’s hair is not kinky enough to dread naturally.’
And again, you’re focusing on the word ‘dread’ as though I’ve been specifically using it to describe white people’s knotted hair. I haven’t. I am not calling their hair dreads. I’m not saying that white people’s hair knots up into dreads. I’m not saying that white people’s hair “dreads naturally”. I’m not saying that white people have the same hair texture as Black people.
I don’t know if you’re being deliberately obtuse in order to start an argument or if you are genuinely misunderstanding what I’ve written.
" What they have isn’t knotted hair. It’s a hair extension to be “dreads”."
Again, what? What are you even talking about? Nothing you have said thus far is at all relevant to what I’ve said.
Since there is clearly an extreme difficulty in communicating with you, I’m going to have to just back away slowly. Good luck in practicing your reading comprehension, and I’m not being sarcastic in this either, I am being 100% sincere. This is obviously an issue for you and it’d be great if you could have a proper back-and-forth discussion about it. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen today and I have zero interest in talking to you about white people with knotted hair being racist/not racist (hint: I’m never going to believe they’re racist).
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