Racial Appropriation Discrimination
Life Issues Facing Dreads
Hello there my fellow lockies.
I haven't been on in awhile, but I wanted to share with you my first negative reaction to my dreadlocks!
Most of the time when people (of any race) see my dreadlocks, they shower me with compliments and positive feedback. Seeing my locks even encouraged one young lady to keep hers going! She was going neglect route and was having those newbie worries we all had once upon a time.
So I made a friend in the last year. I will let you know right now that this friend is a caucasian female. She let me know very soon in our friendship that she was a feminist. That's awesome! I can get on with the woman rights. So as time goes on, I also noticed she proclaimed to be all about equality. Some more time went by and I realized, shes not about all equality, shes about african american equality. Which is awesome too, everyone should have equal rights. (Though I didn't understand why she chose this one particular race over all races, I admit.) I soon found out she was Anti-Racist, which apparently is just as bad as being racist - because usually it ends up being racist!
So one day she posts something about negative views of "white people with black hairstyles" aka dreadlocks. I asked her about it, and then she goes off on me about how I shouldn't have dreadlocks because of..wait for it... my skin color?! WHAT? Of course I'm not nice about it. She gives me these links where an africian american woman rants about how white people can't have dreadlocks without damaging their hair. Of course I know better, we all do!
Although I didn't let her know, this made me slightly insecure. I then took a week after that and literally asked every other race person who walked through my job doors about how they felt of me having dreadlocks. What a surprise, they all loved them, and no one felt any racial aggression towards me about them.
I expected this to come up with another race, not my own and being my own friend. It truly irritated me.