Magazine article New African

Is It the Myth of Beauty or Race Hatred?

Magazine article New African

Is It the Myth of Beauty or Race Hatred?

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In responding to Akua Djanie's article, "The Black Woman and the Beauty Myth" (NA Dec 2013), Rebecca Stevens said, "weaving has nothing to do with the opinion I have of myself or my hair for that matter".

The severe inanity of this statement is an indictment and a discrediting of her ridiculous but often repeated views. How can one say, particularly a woman that, given normal circumstances, what she does with her hair (or any other part of her body) has nothing to do with her self-image or sense of self. It is not even debatable! This is common sense Kn.

Yet this kind of cognitive contortion is common with black people confronted with basic straightforward truths about racial identity.

Stevens says it is not only black women who weave, white and Latin (usually meaning white) women do too. So what, this is beside the point. There is nothing, weaving or otherwise, that white women do to their hair that makes them look like black women.

The motives and consequences of black women weaving and otherwise are different from whites. The kind of hair used, whether synthetic or real, and the kind of look weaving creates, are natural to white women, not to blacks.

The great irony is that if it is merely a matter of choice and fashion, as Rebecca Stevens says, then why are black women always choosing to look like white women, including the lost "kid-adult" Rihanna. …

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