At work and school, I often come across people who call me things such as "pothead", "rastafarian", or "dirty hippie," simply because of my hair. People ignorantly make assumptions about people with dreads when they really have no idea what they're talking about. I politely try to tell them that dreadlocks have been around for thousands of years, and that the association of dreadlocks with Jamaicans, marijuana, and Rastas is a fairly recent phenomenon. I tell them that I have nothing against smoking weed but I just choose not to smoke very much, and some people do not even believe me! Also, I explain to them that properly maintained dreads are actually very clean and healthy, only to be met with cringes and looks of disgust.
I'm just curious how many other people here come across these types of attitudes and how you have dealt with them. Also, how did such an ancient hairstyle develop such irrelevant stereotypes in America?! I would be interested in studying more about this.
updated by @luke-kwiatkowski: 02/14/15 02:37:54AM