The Importance Of Hair In The Black Community

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For as long as I can remember my hair has been an important part of my life. It dictated who I was, how I acted, and how I felt. If I cut my hair, I was asked many questions as though having long hair was the only way to survive. Strangely, this thing that was so vital was only hair. It shouldn’t have been able to find a way to impact my life so greatly. Unfortunately, hair has taken on many aspects within the black community. It’s been grounds for employment, acceptance into organizations, and among peers. I decided to base this essay on hair because I wanted to grasp why the black community became so attached to the idea of hair. I needed to know why it was so important to have societal separation due to those who wear their hair in its natural state and those who relax (permanently straighten with the use of chemicals) theirs. Has the black community become divided by hair or is it…show more content…
Looking like them gave them more privilege, sometimes bought them favor as a possible mate so they could "breed children" that would have Anglo (white) features and perhaps could integrate into the white world of privilege. Anglo (white) men sometimes felt obligated to free or educate these offspring because they looked more like them. Lighter skin made those that called themselves master feel more comfortable with the slaves around the house. Hope was pinned on the fair haired and thus looking white became a survival strategy. Having natural hair does affect the way the society perceives us, and yet to ignore that the way we look does not have career implications is naive. To be a proud natural is a choice that requires a mindful acceptance that will have consequences. Whether we accept those consequences or challenge them is also a choice. For example, Ifemelu in Adichie’s novel had to cope with people discriminating her because she had curly

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