Dreads & racism
Life Issues Facing Dreads
Hopefully I can reason alittle with you..first you right about dreads being an ancient style of one wearing their hair.
So yes many cultures embrace this style for various reasons be it cultural, religious or just the way that group wore they hair..no big whup!!
However much as changed and though information is out there many do not seek or research the root of what causes one group to do something especially when we also live in an age of so much misinformation, it is easier to assume then to think or research facts..
Now there is the reality of oppression and racism whether overt or covert in this real world these are real issues. With that being said, though your boyfriend has the moral right to wear his hair anyway he want, there is still much tention about cultural identity especially when one identifies them selves as caucasian who has embraced a cultural "style" that for the most part has been identified as "African" or of people of color, most like you might experience the same vibe if he wore Native American apparal and was walking through a reservation or the like.
Though there has been various people who have conquered and oppressed other people for land, resources,and people unfortunately Caucasians have that history almost exclusively even if it not always true coming from a historial prospective..so in a nutshell.. once again it "appears" that a "white man" has "stole" from another people of culture hair style or what might relate to them.
If one doesn't know any better it is easier to come to that conclusion instead of one looking at him embracing Africa or even his own roots (Irish, Scotts and other European culture of old dreadlocked too) but you don't see pictures of these people..once again mis-education and thus misinformed..thus ignorance.
And yes, adults who don't know act the same way regardless of hue of skin..sad but true.