this makes me want to throw something

“For black women, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” said Ingrid Banks, an associate professor of black studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “If you’ve got straight hair, you’re pegged as selling out. If you don’t straighten your hair,” she said, “you’re seen as not practicing appropriate grooming practices.”

Anyone who thought such preconceptions were outdated would have been reminded otherwise by some negative reactions to the president’s 11-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, who wore her hair in twists while in Rome this summer. Commenters on the conservative blog Free Republic attacked her as unfit to represent America for stepping out unstraightened.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/fashion/27SKIN.html?ref=fashion

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by calvin c on August 29, 2009 at 6:57 am

    somewhat telling that almost all well-known black women (oprah, michelle obama, beyonce, tyra) have relaxed hair…

    i do agree that for black people texture is much more indicative of ethnic identity than color.

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