I think this is such an important quote. People tell me all the time that I "act white". Why do they tell me this? Because I love to read. I love to write. I pronounce my words clearly. I am polite. I'm quiet. I do well in school. I listen to music with good lyrics... But, see that? Everything I just stated are good things. So, basically, black people are expected to not act as proper as white people.
It seems that it is expected that black people talk loudly and not do well in school and listen to music with so many bleeps that the entire song is basically one long bleep.
Why is that expected of black people?
Because, we live in a society where white people still have more power, which is quite unfortunate. If you see a white person with their pants hanging below their butts, they are called "acting black". Why is that? Why is it that black males are the "only ones" who sag their jeans?
This issue of an imbalance in our society also manages to affect the issue of hair. Black women feel as if they must wear weaves and extensions. Basically, black women are covering their own natural hair with hair that is the texture of a white person's hair. Again, why do black women feel as if their hair is not beautiful enough? Why do black women think that they must cover their own hair- which is perfectly beautiful- with a white woman's hair? There is that imbalance. You don't see white women wearing afro weaves. It just does not happen.
Also, black people can either have "good hair" or "bad hair". Bad hair being the hair that is more curly and kinky. Good hair being hair that is straighter and softer. Again, the imbalance. The better hair is closer to the texture of the hair of white people.
Which is pretty sad.
People ask me all the time why I am starting dreads, and I want to ask them why they are weaving their hair. Natural hair is beautiful and unique. Yes, it is not beautiful in the eyes of society, but then again what does society even like? Society says no to thicker people and non-Caucasian people. So, if you're thin and white, you're gorgeous by society's standards. If you're not, you just have to make sure that you're beautiful by your own standards. Because those are the only standards that count.
We can't even blame society anyway. Because we are society. So, next time you see someone with dreads, don't hate. Appreciate. And, when you see a black person doing well, don't call them white. It's kind of insulting, because you're basically saying black people are not capable of doing that, too. The change in society starts with you, guys. So, come one. Help a sista out.
PS: I started my dreadlocs because I saw Chescalocs on Youtube. I think her hair is so beautiful, and the way she styles it- WOW. I can't wait till mine get that long. Here is what she looks like:
I think her hair is just so gorgeous omg.