Afro…For the White Girl?
Isn’t it interesting how Black people are pre-judged, mocked, appropriated and then jacked for our style?
Not only do we have entertainers such as Taylor Swift and Katy Perry running to the vulumptuous Black chick when they want to “street” their “art” up a bit – calling for our bamboo earrings, thick braids, and booty shorts. But now, white publications like Allure Magazine are giving tutorials on how to achieve a historical African hairstyle – The Afro.
Is this something new? Not by any means. What is disrespectful, however, is that the roots of the culture are invisible when it comes to white people tapping into our creative and style identities.
Although the Afro has grown to become more of a trend, it has a political history dating back to the civil rights era of the 1960s. Originally viewed as “unkempt,” thanks to the Black Panther Party, the Afro was stripped of its negative connotation and embraced with the idea of political weight that replaced the suppressive cut.
During the 1970s and the “Blaxploitation” era, the Afro became a cultural representation of the Black, powerful and butt-kicking African-American.
The mantra was simple: Black is Beautiful. And Black pride became the movement.
So here’s a tip for the next time you want to teach your audience about Black aesthetics, Allure: in addition to a quick-bit intro, how about also educating your readers with the foundation?
Yep, our thoughts, exactly.