Anonymous asked: i am trying to convince my white friend not to dread her hair. do you have any comments that might convince her that it's cultural appropriation?
I actually have zero opinion about white people dreading their hair.
I showed my girlfriend your question though, and here’s what she had to say:
"I’m completely against white people wearing dreadlocks. It’s another example of their unique ability to be purposefully ignorant. They don’t feel the need to question heir own motives for dreading their hair. If it’s just an act of rebellion or a means of living up to the weed smoking Caribbean stereotype, they need to not. Even if they’re fully aware of the cultural symbolism and significance of dreadlocks, THEY NEED TO NOT. It’s simply not their place, not their culture. They can be mad, but they can everything else. By appropriating the style, they make it mainstream and then change its meaning and purpose. I’m not with it.
Our current ideals of dreading place its origins in the Caribbean but in actuality dreading is more closely related to slavery and the lack of access to oils and butters and other hair supplies during the passage from Africa to the Americas. It also was a symbol of holiness for spiritual leaders from Africa and India who would style their hair in this way. With the introduction of Rastafarianism, dreadlocks began to symbolize the denunciation of white culture and materialism. Dreadlocks have symbolized many different things for centuries, but they’ve ALWAYS gone through these transformations under the umbrella of Black diaspora, culture or history.”
Hope that helps.