The Politics of Black Hair: A Teachable Moment

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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry produced a PSA about  “black hair”. This 4 minute clip “Teachable Moment” expounds on basic maintenance facts and demystifies several stereotypes that are thought of when discussing black hair.  

Ever wonder what the difference is between a weave and extensions, or why so many black women wear silk scarves at night? These questions are answered.

From defining a relaxer, hot comb and weave to making sure it’s known that just because black women don’t wash their hair everyday doesn’t mean their not clean — Harris-Perry literally touches on all the burning questions that most black women have been asked all their life.

The video also reviews some vocabulary on the topic that needs to be erased and revised — in order for non-blacks to avoid any hairy situations.

While black women will sometimes use the word “nappy” to describe their hair that doesn’t mean everyone else can — making that two N-words that are off limits. And when it comes to dreadlocks there’s nothing dreadful about them, so they should be referred to as simply “locks.” Got it?

There are plenty more educational gems throughout the clip that will no doubt come in handy if you’re on the side of relaying the info or if you’re the one brimming with questions.

 

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