Check out THIS STORY out of Tulsa. What do you think? Racism?
If you do not have much exposure to curls and kinks, can I ask you an honest question? If you see a girl with an afro, what assumptions do you make about her personality or job qualifications? If I show you two pictures, which one seems more “professional” or in this case presentable? Would you hire someone with dredlocks or an afro? Would you prefer to have straightened hair?
An afro is, for many black people, there God-given, detangled, highly cared for hair. It says nothing about their skills or heart. A little kid? Even worse. Things like this scream into her heart—louder than her parents can ever cover—you are not beautiful. you are not good enough. you should feel bad about how you were created.
When I mentioned something in passing to a friend about afros, she said, “she looks like a lot of fun but that is not appropriate for the office.” As white people—-well all people because this stuff gets stuck in all our minds—-, it is necessary to challenge some of the ideas from media and our up bringing that have led to sub-conscience ideas about black hair. We need to be a part of the solution with these stereotypes.