In 2009, Malia Obama traveled to Rome sporting natural twists. The Free Republic conservative grassroots activists referred to her as “ghetto trash, unfit to represent America.”
Here is yet another example of the conservative world war on natural hair: this time the victim is two-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, who is targeted because her multimillionaire parents, “Don’t do her hair,” according to the Change.org petition that called on Beyoncé to brush her daughter’s hair.
Having to manage and maintain black hair is hard enough without all of the public scrutiny. At this point, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are battling two different ideals. On one hand, they have to defend themselves against those who deem their daughter’s natural hair as dirty, messy, or unprofessional. On the other hand, if they relax her hair some will say she is trying to obtain European beauty standards because somehow relaxing your hair symbolizes self-hatred.
Black woman in general have always had to fight these ideals. Ingrid Banks, associate professor of Black studies at The University of California at Santa Barbara told The New York Times in 2009 that black women are targeted whether or not their hair is curly, kinky, silky, or straight.
When will it be alright for black women to be respected for whatever choices they make in regards to their hair?
Source: NY Times, The Independent, Change.org | Image: Urban Islandz