In the United States, black hair has always been a political aspect of one’s blackness. Every black woman has her own story about her hair and society’s endless discrimination and desire to tame, manage and straighten her mane because the hair that grew from her scalp is deemed unkempt and unprofessional. In recent years, there have ...
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...” hair has become a prerequisite to be considered for a job or to be allowed in some schools. Institution policies have violated black bodies in many instances where black people were not considered humans unless they conformed to chemically or manually altering who they are. Black hair is not a crime and a black person wearing their natural hair should not be a revolutionary act. For generations, the dominance of the white culture has been reflected through the way blacks wore their hair. African Americans have constantly been forced to compromise their authenticity to fit the white man’s standards. One group of people should not have to compromise their behavior and appearance to gain human rights. The dehumanization of Black American females has contributed to internalized racism, self-hatred and self-policing seen today in black women and needs to come to an end.
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