It’s hair….seriously, HAIR, that’s been loc’ed down
And not because it was done out of fear, like they made us believe all this time
…by the black people in “those communities”
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They never told us that “black is beautiful”
My inspiration to write tis came from a story I read, recently, of a young girl, 7 years of age, that defied the societal expectations set upon her and where she came from
This school she’s in, asked her not to come to school with her loc’ed hair with the reason that it would turn out “unhygienic”….
But then, her colleagues at school that aren’t black of her skin colour were granted the privilege of loc’ing their hair and moving to school freely, with it that way
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Imagine that….let it sink in for a moment
So, they proceed to court and guess what, the young lady with her shiny loc’ed black hair won the case against the school, on grounds of unjust treatment and inequality!
HISTORIC, if you ask me!
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I tried to imagine the level of fear that a 7 year old child would instill in her colleagues at school because of the hair she carries on her head….did it carry missiles in it, at one time?
Did it look so heavy to the eyes of so many that it seemed to explode in their faces at any second?
Was it just unacceptable for this child to have their hair and work it any way she deems fit?
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So many things came to mind but very many options for answers, as well
Being that I loc’ed mine as well, effective this year, 2018
I understand what she went through and her mother, too.
Ps. I’ll tell you my story about loc’ing someday but let me say this again, very strongly,
“THEY’RE locs AND NOT dread-locks ~ for there’s nothing to fear about them”