Thursday, May 6, 2010
"The View'" and their views on why Black women don't wear their natural hair
Can you already sense the eyerolls over here? As soon as I watched the clip, I felt my lips turn into a semi-snarl, my nose begin flare, and the eyeballs start to rolling. Almost did a neck roll, too. ESPECIALLY when discussing Tyra's "natural" hair.
Excuse me while I go and laugh.
Okay....I'm back now.
I'm sure this has been discussed before as the clip is 7 months old, if not longer. I love when folks assume to know why a woman does what she does. Particularly why BLACK women do some of the things we do, as if we're of the same mind, motivation, background, or life experience.
And I particularly LOVE when there's a blanketed assumption that Black women DON'T do something. Yes, that was sarcasm.
While yes, the majority of us don't wear our natural hair, to phrase and present it as if it's a complete anomaly is misleading. Come to D.C. Walk through U Street or near Howard. Heck, just walk THROUGH D.C., and you'll be surprised at how many naturals are walking around, and this includes those who are loc'd, loose, in protective styling, and those who occasionally switch up their styles to where you WOULDN'T know until water hits their hair and their roots show more Africa than Europe.
And don't get me started on the statement that you can do more with straight hair. I do more with my natural hair than I did as a permie. In fact, I wore it mostly just out or in a ponytail. Yes, SUCH variety for me......NEXT! lol Okay, I'm being silly, but can you understand why? Assumptions, assumptions, ASSUMPTIONS!
Or the statement that [Black] women with THAT kind of curly hair(emphasis on THAT) aren't easily hired on t.v. WHAT?! Again, I say WHAT!? Yes, Joy said that. I don't think that it's about being easily hired. It's about women who aren't afraid of being their natural selves for fear of NOT getting the job because of the PREFERENCE for straight hair in society; the idea of conformity equaling acceptance. The idea that more Euro-centric attributes are more acceptable. Anyway, most employers look for overall professionalism and credentials. Whether your hair is natural nowadays is of minute importance. Apparently Joy hasn't heard of Melba Tolliver(one of the pioneer natural anchorwomen), Good Morning America's Robin Roberts , or CNN's Amy Holmes ? And what about the comment that Sherri has "nice hair, natural". So only her type is nice? Whose type ISN'T nice, naturally? Maybe I'm reading too much into the comments.
Now, there WERE some valid points, so I won't throw too many stones. LOL! But the assumptions show just how unenlightened many are on the subject.
So, what say you? What are YOUR views on the ladies of "The View" and their comments on Black women and our hair?