There is this new movement going on nowadays that makes absolutely no sense to me. It's a movement where we as black women who have embraced our natural hair go out and supposedly educate other races about our hair by letting them... touch it. -___-
Now wait just a minute. I have several problems with this 'movement'.
1. It is not our place to 'educate' other races about our hair! Why are we doing that? What's the point? What are we trying to prove by doing that? So you think it's okay because you say that we need to expose other people to our way of life and what not... really? White people have always known what our hair looked and felt like since slavery, when they touched it without our permission after bringing us to the U.S. without our permission. I bet that no one's thinking about that, right?
2. Why is it that every time black people have something to be proud of, we like to flaunt it in everyone else's faces? Can't we like, keep this within ourselves instead of walking around to other races and be like, 'Yeah, finally we can grow our hair just as long as yours! Come feel it; it feels good, right?' Black women are the biggest boastful people around. We've got to rid ourselves of this boastful mentality or we will never progress in anything.
3. It's utterly GROSS! Why the freak are we allowing complete (and several) strangers to touch our hair, anyway? I don't know where their hands have been. I don't like when people pet me like I'm an animal at a petting zoo. Either ask first or don't touch! Some people are okay with it, but I am not going to be standing in the middle of NYC, holding up a sign, telling people to come touch my hair. I am not an exhibition in a museum. Go pet your dog or something.
4. Other races are still going to try to 'out do' us, so why give them ammunition to do so? Why give them more of a reason to roll their eyes when they see us so they can sniff and snort and say, 'Oh. look, it's another one of those naturals. She thinks she's something'. We as blacks should already know that whenever it appears that we have something good to hold onto, some other races tries to take it from us. But what we don't realize is that we're allowing it to happen. It's our attitude; it's always about how you go about things.
There are races out there that LOVE our hair and they wish they had big, versatile curls. However, I don't believe in exploiting what we have. We're only giving them power to do things to bring us down in another way, but we don't realize it. There is no reason to brag about what we can do to our hair to other races. Yes, they've been bragging about theirs for years, more than likely. We've felt superior to their hair because we've been mis-educated about ours. But now that the tables have turned, we fell like we have the right to stoop to their level and flaunt what we've learned. All the other races are saying, 'Well, you guys had the power to grow your hair all along, so what's so special about it now?' Technically, some of them are laughing at us, really.
But that's not the point. The point is that we do not need to call ourselves educating other races about how our hair feels. Who really cares and what is the main goal? That is all I care about. I don't agree with it at all. You will never see me participating in a movement like that.
Sorry; I just don't buy it. You CANNOT touch MY hair! (unless you ask) LOL