👀Pls watch & reblog this is you have the time!🖤✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽
So this is by far one of thee most transparent conversations I've had the privilege of coming across on YouTube ab misogynoir, colorism & antiblackness discussed between a man & woman who are monoracially Black. They talked ab & thoroughly unpacked the things we don't always necessarily get to the root of regarding the more divisive issues within our community & the more meaningful reasons behind them. Absolutely love this for the community; love the absolute respect, willingness to listen & openmindedness expressed between these two regarding the similarities as well as differences between the Black Experience as men & women in the western world.
Pls reblog this if you're Black. Non blacks can reblog if they like — but be respectful & considerate (keep your comments to yourself) as this is a very important & exclusively Black Conversation.
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In many cultures, ethnic groups, and nations around the world, hair is considered a source of power and prestige. African people brought these traditions and beliefs to the Americas and passed them down through the generations.
In my mother’s family (Black Americans from rural South Carolina) the women don’t cut their hair off unless absolutely necessary (i.e damage or routine trimming). Long hair is considered a symbol of beauty and power; my mother often told me that our hair holds our strength and power. Though my mother’s family has been American born for several generations, it is fascinating to see the beliefs and traditions of our African ancestors passed down. We are emotionally and spiritually attached to our hair, cutting it only with the knowledge that we are starting completely clean and removing stagnant energy.
Couple this with the forced removal and covering of our hair from the times of slavery and onward, and you can see why so many Black women and men alike take such pride and care in their natural hair and love to adorn our heads with wigs, weaves, braids, twists, accessories, and sharp designs.
Hair is not just hair in African diaspora cultures, and this is why the appropriation and stigma surrounding our hair is so harmful.
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