Not to advocate any kind of hate me brothas, but soaring eagle I wouldjust liketoelaborateonsome of the historicalfacts of this thread. Rastafari rose in the 1930's before, during, and after the corronation of emperor Haile I Selassie (Marcus Garvey prophesized), in which, rastas grew they're hair long and refused to use combs or razors.. Rastas were given an international spotlight only after the growing popularity of Robert Nesta Marley and other reggae musicians. Remember I am not spreading hate, I am not a black nationalist, and I am by no means trying to give validity to any kind of slanted idea of history, so please keep an open mind while reading my post because I believe that anyone is free to express him/her self. Pride in ones race CAN be an invitation to superiority and I also think that one should not place so much historical significance in why one chooses to be dread andwe should, instead, focus on what brings us together as HUMAN BEINGS. But as for history, 1 - the Vikings and thepirates of the Carribeanonly wore theyreheads in dread because they were maurading barbarians whose only goal for theyre society was brutal expansion and the relentless seeking of wealth. 2 - Only the Jews who took a vow of the nazarite wore theyre hair "untouched," not all of those of theJewish faith wore theyre heads dread. 3 - The Greeks (it has been proven through history) stole much of theyre philosophy, medicine, scienceand social structure from the Egyptians, whose pharoahs, wore theyre head either in dread or wore dreaded head dresses. 4 - The Scots, similar to the Vikings, wore theyre heads dread because of the excrutiatingly long war campaigns they embarked on, which, kept them from home for very long periods of time. 5 - when speaking of peoples of African descent using straighteners and relaxers to fit into the eurocentric idea of beauty, one should also observe the cause and effect of hundreds of years of systematic culture destruction, devaluation, and debasement. It could be argued that Africans andAfrican-Americans are victims of coerced conditioning and that, even today, the contributions ofare discounted by a eurocentric society (e.g. the Egyptians being Caucasion, or even Arabic, when it has been proven that early hominid life most likely started in Ethiopia and moved northward), which is why one does not learn much about Africa in school and why suchfallaciesas "early African peoples were savages until the introduction to Christianity" exist. One could also argue thatthis thread itselfis a perpetuation of that discountenance because, before reggae music exploded in N. America, one did not dread for fashion, religious/philosophical devotion, or freedom of expression and that thereaching forthe former ideasisjust apathetic justification for culture approriation. In fact, that people wouldgothrough such extreme measures to create the hairstylewithout anydiscipline in patience(i.e. wax, crochet hooks, dread perms, back-combing, etc.),instantaneously, compliments therhetoric and doesinvaluable service to the argument (although I would not be a rhetorician for that argument)when it is commonly known that it is much easier forpeoplesof African descent to dread with no synthetic assistance.Thepoint is, who cares. If you want to dread, dread,and do it forwhateverreason you desire,as long as yourintentionsare for love.We will always be berated by people who dont understand, we will always be seen as differentin the eyes of the majority, but than again, the common man is a fool.Ignorance is bliss and it takes WORK to empathize,understand, and tolerate the trivial differences among us. ONeLOVe all and may Jah bless all of US!