Why Are Black Women Punished for Having Natural Hair?

Moorbey'z Blog

White beauty norms and racism continue to screw up black girls’ green, big and beautiful hair days.

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 Another bad hair day has been averted since Vanessa VanDyke, a 12-year-old Florida girl, has been welcomed back into the private school that briefly consideredexpelling her if she didn’t cut or straighten her to avoid being a “distraction”.
The white version of life in America, entrenched as the default for nearly every cultural interaction, once again came crashing against the black woman’s quest to define what it means to be beautiful when Vanessa was asked to change her long, flowy, modified ‘fro. Burned by the proverbial hot comb, Faith Christian Academy officials backed off, calling the expulsion talk a “misunderstanding”.
In case you missed it, black women are in the throes of a beauty renaissance, embracing a variety of hair grooming methods, such as weaves, wigs, braids, twists…

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