Cultural Appropriation blah blah blah
The first time I had locks, I was a senior in high school, they were looping by the time I was in college. I am Greek and Italian, yet i have natural strawberry blonde hair.
There wasn't a month that would go by where my choice in hair style was challenged by a black man in my small community. Men would speak up before women would. "You too white for that hair." My most common response "I'm Greek, the greeks had locks too. Who do you think Medusa was? They weren't snakes, they were locks!"
I've since moved out of Illinois and into South Dakota, where instead of black people wishing they were gangstas from chicago, we have Afrikaans and Natives. I love the dresses the women wear, the men are kinder and more open minded. I feel like the minority with my paler skin honestly. It doesnt bother me, I will continue to let my hair lock because I stopped trying to fear judgement. (I was the only goth girl in 6-8th grade amongst a school full of preppy catholics) I have no hate, I'm more angry this once beautiful land was taken from these spiritual, ostracized Natives. (What would have America been if Christopher Columbus decided to stay where he was at?) All in all, on youtube you can find Afrikaan men and women saying locks are for everyone. It's the African Americans who wanna try and be selfish about how "dreads ain't for white people" and what's "culturally appropriate" I truly believe Afrikaans are about unity and Americans are a nation divided against itself. Do what your mind body and soul need. Visit your energy worker, drink tea, meditate and be happy with yourself. Love the person you see in the mirror, if you dont fast, and meditation work wonders.
What does bother most Afrikaans (and even me) is people who have "fashion dreads". Those are the locks that are manicured, dyed or faux hair locks installed. I know there is a big community with CyberGoths with the faux dreads, same with nu age hippies. It's fake hair and Not permanent; it's a fashion.
I hope this helps. Theres always 2 perspectives. Some disagree with "white people having dreads" some are ok with it. But you arent here to people please everyone and convince em why your right. Fuck em! If your a "white girl" with locks then be happy with that, if that's how you feel confident the most.
(Notice, I dont use the word dreads, unless referring to a phrase used differently. There is nothing dreadful about locking our hair. Even on my YouTube channel, by week 3 I stopped saying dreadlock.)